Active drive to continue
The Active 4 Life health project that is focusing on a Long Eaton community looks set to be extended for the next two years.
A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week is expected to agree to release £20,000 to support the project for two years and build on its success in the Petersham area of Long Eaton.
The council was first commissioned by Derbyshire Public Health in 2015 to pilot a three-year programme to encourage adults in three areas to take up healthier and more active lifestyles, with Petersham later becoming the sole focus of the drive.
Now Sport England has confirmed that a bid by the Community Sports Trust (CST) for £350,000 of funding to continue the programme across four local authority areas of Derbyshire – Petersham (Erewash), New Bolsover and Carrvale (Bolsover) and Fairfield (High Peak) – has been successful.
The CST has asked for a £10,000 contribution from each local authority this year and in 2019/20 and that each council involved should host an Active 4 Life Co-ordinator for work in their targeted area.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The Active 4 Life programme is about working with a community to create healthier lifestyles, encouraging a long term shift in behaviour so that regular exercise becomes a way of life. We welcome the grant from Sport England and are happy to support this proactive project here in Erewash.”
Active 4 Life has wide-ranging ambitions in its work with the local community, including working with partners like GPs, schools, churches and scout groups, to develop a culture of physical activity. It also looks at neighbourhood events to promote healthy activity, encourages the development of clubs and groups to get more people involved and opening up local facilities to enable increased activity.
The meeting of Council Executive is at Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 21 August at 10.30am.