Harborough Pilots Scheme to Help Families Get Active

Published Friday 8 June 2018

Leicestershire County Council has been awarded £442,800 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help low-income families get active with their children.

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The money will fund a four-year project to be piloted in the Harborough and North West Leicestershire districts and include:

  • Work with families to assess physical activity needs and plan achievable activities
  • Volunteer visits to review families’ plans, help with difficulties and boost their confidence to develop a manageable routine
  • Tailored, affordable family activities run by the district council’s physical activity development officers
  • Free or low cost physical activities featuring outdoor gyms, parks, bike routes and leisure centres

The scheme will further enable the districts to remind parents of the many available opportunities for activity with their children, helping to promote health across the generations, help to educate parents to support their families and reduce the risk of long term conditions later in life. This project has real scope to set families up for a brighter future.

Jayne Molyneux , Sport England's director for children and young people, said: “Just by seeing their parents being active, children can be inspired to do the same, and if they have an enjoyable experience they’re far more likely to continue as an adult.

“Parents have many demands on their time, and often lack the confidence to get active with their children. That’s why Sport England is working hard to make getting active with your children an easy choice.”

Following the initial pilot phase, the project will roll out across the county.