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.
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.
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:
This led to;