More people leading an active lifestyle

Youngsters from Doncaster Athletic Club trying out the triple jump.
Youngsters from Doncaster Athletic Club trying out the triple jump.
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The number of people taking part in sport at least once a week has increased by eight per cent across Doncaster in the past year – the biggest rise within the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The results show just over 36 per cent of adults in Doncaster are taking part in sport - which is above the national average of 35.2 per cent.

Sport England’s latest Active Peoples Survey looks at the number of people doing at least 30 minutes worth of sports activity per week, between April 2012 and April 2013.

This is despite a background of decreasing participation across England.

Doncaster Athletic Club has seen an increase in adult members over the past year.

The club caters for Track and Field, Road Running and Cross Country athletes of all levels.

Club chairman Kevin Lincoln said: “It’s great to see more and more local adults keeping fit and taking part in sport.”

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Doncaster Council has been working to gradually increase participation for a number of years.

“This latest Active Peoples Survey shows the message is getting through to more and more people.

“This is a great example of council developing a strong partnership with key sports and leisure organisations across the borough.”

Councillor Pat Knight, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care added: “This is a great achievement when you consider that only two local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region saw an increase, and that ours was the largest.

“Public health is a top priority for Doncaster Council and the latest Active Peoples Survey shows that our partnership approach to delivering sport and physical activity is continuing to show improvements.”

According to the Active People survey During the year to April 2013, 15.3 million people in England played sport at least once a week.

That represents an increase of more than 1.4 million since 2005/6 – the first year of the survey.