Around £100million of National Lottery funding will be invested in 12 pilot schemes over four years, to create partnerships that make it easier for people in these communities to access sport and physical activity.

Greater Manchester has been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on an exciting new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England.

Latest research shows that a quarter of the general population are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of exercise that gets them slightly out of breath each week. In Greater Manchester, that figure is closer to 30%, with certain groups more affected such as people out-of-work and those with long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory illnesses.

Sport England and local partners in Greater Manchester want to find ways to try and remove the barriers that stop people getting active such as cost, confidence, transport and access to activities and open spaces.

There will be a focus on:


  • Children and young people aged 5 – 18 in out-of-school settings
  • People out-of-work, and people in work, but at risk of becoming unemployed
  • People aged 40 – 60 with, or at risk of, long-term conditions: specifically cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory illnesses
  • Improving mental health and tackling inequalities

Lord Peter Smith, chair of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen by Sport England to help get more people physically active across Greater Manchester. Through our shared vision and common purpose, devolution provides us with an opportunity to support people to take control of their own and their family’s health. As a city-region, we are absolutely committed to listening to people to understand more about what would help them to get active; and support people to make the changes they need to be more active every day.”

Minster for Sport Tracey Crouch welcomed the news at the Local Government Associations’ Sport and Physical Activity conference in London today.