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Health figures which show how many South Holland adults are 'inactive' highlight need for revamped Spalding Castle Sports Complex

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A charity has highlighted how many adults in South Holland are ‘inactive’ - with a leading councillor hoping a revamped Castle Sports Centre can solve this.

Spirit of 2012 - a charity that aims to create a legacy for the London Olympics - found that up to 45% of all over 16s in the district are inactive, meaning they exercise less than 30 minutes a week.

That’s slightly below Boston (46.3%), but higher than all other parts of Lincolnshire and well above the national average (27.5%).

Spalding Castle Sports Centre 'dry side' taken from above. Picture: Adam Fairbrother (55518604)
Spalding Castle Sports Centre 'dry side' taken from above. Picture: Adam Fairbrother (55518604)

The figures come after South Holland District Council announced a £20m bid to revamp the Castle Sports Complex - with long-awaited fresh leisure facilities to form prt of a ‘health and wellbeing hub’.

Coun Gary Taylor, district portfolio holder for communities and facilities, hopes the buzz of a new centre would help to boost our low activity levels, adding: “We do need to try to do something about that to encourage, persuade and promote physical activity.

“I know some people do manual jobs and are physical as part of that, which can skew the figures, but there’s certainly a whole range of initiatives that could take place.

“Part of the bid regarding new leisure is a wider health and wellbeing project and it will be open to all ages.

“Sometimes there’s the perception of gyms is that they are only open to certain types of person but this will be open to everyone.”

Jill Rutter, Spirit of 2012 policy and research manager, said: “An older population, as well as high proportions of migrant workers contribute to higher than average levels of physical inactivity in many parts of Lincolnshire.

“We can’t just rely on sports organisations to get people active.

“There needs to be activities that people can do with family and friends to keep them motivated.

“People need to be taken on a journey of small steps. Employers need to play a role in encouraging their workforce to be active.”

Coun Taylor says the council hopes to tap into the expertise of partners Boston and East Lindsey - where ‘levelling up’ cash has been secured for high profile projects already - and feels the project could boost the economy too.

He said: “We’re aiming to be bold and ambitious and deliver a new leisure offering - and we do want public support.

“These projects can be delivered and they can be delivered here - that’s the plan.”

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