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Sport and Physical Activity Strategy

Meeting: 07/12/2021 - Cabinet (Item 70)

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Report of The Cabinet Member for Leisure.

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Purpose of the report


To provide Cabinet with an opportunity to formally adopt a Sport and Physical Activity Strategy for South Kesteven District Council, which set out the Council’s vision, mission, aims and objectives for increasing rates of physical activity over the next five years.




That Cabinet approves the adoption of the Sport and Physical Activity Strategy as the Council’s strategic document to underpin the Corporate Plan 2020-2023 priority of Healthy and Strong Communities.


Options considered and rejected


Not to implement a Sport and Physical Activity Strategy.


Reasons for decision


On 22 June 2021 the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee considered an update on the development of the Sport and Physical Activity Strategy. It was proposed that the Strategy would focus on providing opportunities for residents to be more active and identify a broad range of opportunities to incorporate sport and physical activity into everyday life.


In further developing the Strategy it was recognised that the Council alone could not deliver its corporate ambition to build healthy and strong communities. To maximise the opportunities for residents to increase their physical activity levels and adopt a healthy lifestyle, importance was placed on the Strategy reflecting the collective ambitions and views of partner organisations and key stakeholders.


Alongside the work of the Sport and Physical Activity Strategy, it was reported that the Council had committed to the Mental Health Challenge for Local Authorities and had acknowledged the role it needed to play in improving the mental wellbeing for everyone in the community. Initial conversations had taken place with the National Health Service, the Neighbourhoods Team and social prescribers and further work would take place to look into delivering a whole systems approach and develop integrated care systems. Discussions had also taken place with Active Lincolnshire, the county’s Active Partnership, to consider how the Strategy aligned with the county-wide agenda and to update their local club and activity finder. Alignment with Sport England’s ‘Uniting the Movement’ campaign had also been considered.


A copy of the Sport and Physical Activity Strategy was appended to the report.


Councillor Annie Mason, Cabinet Member for People and Safer Communities, commended the well written Strategy which covered all the necessary areas, linked well into the Mental Health Challenge and included a very clear action plan. The report also included one of the best Equality Impact Assessments she had read and took this opportunity to thank Emma Sharpe, Leisure and Events Officer, for an excellent piece of work.


Councillor Kelham Cooke, Leader of the Council, added his thanks to the team for the work they had undertaken on the development of the Strategy and said that this was important for the Authority, not just for residents but also the district’s local NHS services. Access to sport and physical activities was crucial, acknowledging that everyone currently lived in times of stress and anxiety. It was important to emphasise the improvements to mental health that fresh air and exercise could make, with the nature of South Kesteven  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70