GREATER MANCHESTER has been chosen as one of twelve pilot areas for a new approach to create active and healthy communities.

£100million of National Lottery funding is to be invested in the pilot scheme over the next four years to help create innovative partnerships that will make it easier for people to access sport and physical activity.

From transport links and street lights to the quality of parks and open spaces – the pilot initiative hopes to change the way the public views and engages in fitness and activity across the UK.

The pilot scheme will work closely with other organisations beyond the sporting sector such as faith organisations, social enterprises and parenting groups – a way to encourage wider, collaborative partnership in working towards how a community can work better together to help the most inactive.

Jennie Price, Sports England Chief Executive, said: “On our assessment visits to choose the pilot places I was vividly reminded that the barriers to getting active might have little to do with the activity itself, yet this is where we often start.”

Besides Greater Manchester, the other pilots are: Birmingham and Solihull, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Essex, Great Exeter, Hackney, Pennine Lancashire, Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough, Southall and Withernsea.

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