Monday, 30 December 2013

Cambridge – An Active City? Council Asks For Views On A New Plan For Sport

Today the City Council launches consultation on a plan that aims to improve opportunity for sports participation and to increase levels of physical activity.

The City has a relatively physically active population - The 2013 Public Health profile for Cambridge shows that 68.5% of adults are physically active i.e. % achieving at least 150 minutes physical activity per week, placing the district in the top quartile nationally. The most recent Sport England Active People Survey identifies that 43% of the adult population play sport for at least 1 session each week. The 2011 census showed the numbers of Cambridge residents commuting to work by bike as having increased from 28% in 2001 to 32% in 2011. This compares to 12% of Oxford residents (the next highest city) cycling to work and a national figure of just 3%.

Councillor Sarah Brown, Executive Councillor for Community Well-being said:
“Whilst this all points to Cambridge being a relatively active city, undoubtedly there is still work to be done to encourage more people to lead an active enough life to benefit their health. We know that 17% of adults living in the City do no or very little physical activity and there is strong evidence linking low levels of physical activity to long-term conditions and all-cause mortality. The City Council is preparing a new sports and physical activity plan and we encourage residents to express their views on where the City Council should focus its effort”
The online consultation is available from our Sport & Physical Activity Plan 2014-2017 consultation page.