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Spalding councillor welcomes news that our physical activity levels are improving

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New data has highlighted an improvement in physical activity levels throughout South Holland.

Information collected by Sport England indicates that more people are active in the area than there were four years ago.

In November of the 2019/20 calendar year, 52.1% of over-16s were taking part in at least 150 minutes of activity each week - compared to 50.5% in November 2015/16. These figures dropped as low as 49.3% in May 2016/17.

A family in the park on bicycles
A family in the park on bicycles

South Holland District councillor Glynis Scalese, who works with the Health Scrunity Committee for Lincolnshire, is impressed with the improvement.

She said: “I think a lot of the children are helping to educate the parents.

“There is quite a lot of help out there.

“A lot of people seem to think weight will fall off miraculously overnight. It doesn’t work that way. You have to stick to it, because it does take a long time.

“We’ve got some great facilities in Spalding, haven’t we?

“We’ve got some good gyms, The Castle, we’ve got the swimming pool. We are quite lucky that way.”

The data also suggests that 52.4% of children aged 5-16 in South Holland are classed as active - meaning they take part in an average of 60+ minutes of exercise a day.

Don James helps to run Believe Sport, a newly-formed club for children with disabilities. He is fairly pleased with the numbers, but has ideas for boosting them further.

“You always want to go past 50%, so an average it should be around 70%,” he said.

“I think in South Holland we are quite fortunate. There are quite a lot of things around here locally compared to what there was when I was a kid.

“It’s just to get children out and give them the opportunity to enjoy sport and see what they’re passionate about.”

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