Winchester is the most Active District in Hampshire

Press Release: 07/02/2012

Running

Recently released figures, from the Sport England Active People Survey, show that adults in the Winchester District are the most active in Hampshire.

Data collected between April 2010 and April 2011 show that 34.4% of Winchester residents take part in moderate sport and physical activity for 30 minutes on 5 occasions each week. This figure is considerably higher than those for Hampshire (23%) and England (21.5%). 

Stuart Barlow, Chair of the Winchester District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) commented,

I am delighted with this news. Through the SPAA we have supported the development of initiatives including Return to Sport, Health Walks, Running England, Exercise Referral and Community Classes. By working together our partners have delivered these projects which have clearly contributed to the rise in levels in sport and physical activity in the Winchester District"

Cllr Patricia Stallard – Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture Heritage and Sport added,

This is fantastic news for the SPAA and the Council. It proves that working together to deliver projects really does work.  In 2012 we are aiming to provide even greater opportunities for people to participate in sport and make the most of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.’

Some of the larger events planned for 2012 include the Winchester Sports Festival on 20 May, the Personal Bests schools final on 27 June, the Olympic Torch Relay on 11 July and the London 2012 Community Live Site screen in the Outer Cathedral Close during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are also supporting a wide range of more rural events in our Parish Celebrations programme. For details of all the opportunities available and how to get involved visit www.winchester2012.co.uk