Sports: West Midlands

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th October 2020.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Labour, Birmingham, Hodge Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out the (a) specific initiatives and (b) associated funding for each initiative funded through the £10.7 million Sport England Birmingham and Solihull Local Delivery Pilot.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Since 2017, Sport England’s Birmingham and Solihull Local Delivery Pilot has been delivered through The Active Wellbeing Society, the region’s Active Partnership, supporting over 600,000 older people, women, young families, BAME communities and children to enjoy the health, wellbeing, social and other benefits of being active.

Sport England is awarding £10,713,328 of National Lottery investment in the ‘Active Communities’ programme to promote being active across the region until 2024. Initiatives promoted by this programme include:

    • Developing a network of community activity champions;

    • A Birmingham Wellbeing panel and ‘The Crowd’ online platform launching this autumn;

    • Social prescribing schemes with healthcare professionals that use local community sports facilities;

    • Community activities including Active Streets, Active Parks, the Big Run and Walk Project and Big Bikes Birmingham;

    • Schools-based programmes to increase participation in sport and activity ;

    • The Share Shacks programme, offering places where people can borrow equipment that helps communities to play sport and be active, supported by additional bike repair services and community cafes; and

    • Tactical Urbanism schemes, including ‘pop-up parks’, redeveloping disused land for community use and supporting low-traffic neighbourhoods.

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