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PRIORITY 2:

Across the Lifecourse

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Our aim

PROVIDE STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP TO SECURE SYSTEM CHANGE FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORT ACROSS THE LIFE COURSE, WITH PERSON CENTRED, PREVENTATIVE APPROACHES IN AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM.

Why?

Moving more is one of our greatest defences against over 30 long term health conditions yet over a quarter (26.8%) of the GM population is inactive and nearly 4 in 10 (39.4%) are not active enough to benefit their health (i.e. not reaching CMO guidelines of 150 minutes a week).

What have we done?

One example of working across the life course is parkrun. Over the last 12 months GreaterSport has joined up with parkrun and set an ambition to be the most accessible and inclusive parkrun region.

Case Study

GreaterSport and parkrun hosted a partner engagement event in September with over 50 cross sector partners and parkrun volunteers in attendance. The purpose being to co-produce and set a Greater Manchester ambition for parkrun.

parkrun highlighted their commitment to work more intensely in Greater Manchester, with the aspiration to trail a number of small scale, high impact interventions to improve health and well-being, social engagement and develop a sense of community and togetherness.

The session was energetic, thought provoking and sparked off great conversations and ideas about how Greater Manchester could use parkrun to create more active and inclusive communities.

A fantastic example of this was presented by 5k your way’s ambassador Tony Collier who explained how being a part of parkrun has enabled those living with, had or being affected by cancer an opportunity to be active, whilst providing a social support network and community.

There were five key themes that came out from the workshop:

  • Inclusivity – more GM residents participating regardless of age, ability or personal circumstance.
  • Volunteers – the recruitment, retention and diversity of the parkrun volunteer workforce.
  • Location - targeting areas of deprivation and alternative environments.
  • Connected communities – ensuring parkrun creates a sense of place / belonging and connects with families.
  • Innovation – develop the GM parkrun ‘laboratory’ acting as a testbed for parkrun practices. Parkrun prisons, 5K Your Way, parkwalk etc.
  • This led to;

  • The ambition for Greater Manchester being set as the ‘most accessible and inclusive parkrun region’.
  • parkwalk being trialled at Bolton parkrun on the first Saturday of the month for three months, which saw an increase in the number of parkrun walkers.
  • Further Details

    For more information on on our work across the life course please contact matts@greatersport.co.uk.