We understand and enjoy sport in Doncaster. We're home to the St Leger, Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster Rugby League and Rugby Union, an award-winning rowing club, an iconic leisure facility in the Dome, a huge number of community sports clubs run by dedicated and passionate people. And, of course, access to some wonderful countryside to explore and enjoy.
Despite this, as a population, we are simply not physically active enough. Too many of us don't build being active into our day-to-day lives. Too many people, young and old, are sitting for far too long. Too many of us don't move fast enough to make any gains in our health. As a result, too many of us are not living a healthy life to the full and are dying too young.
The Get Doncaster Moving Strategy was developed over a twelve-month period; using the latest local and national data, and through consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. It sets out a framework for how we can get more people moving and has commitment from a range of organisations that form the Get Doncaster Moving Network.
We hope many others will join our quest to encourage everyone in Doncaster to enjoy the benefits of being physically active in their day-to-day lives.
We will prioritise:
- Inactive people – Often the greatest health gains are made when people move from inactivity into activity and we know we have one of the largest number of inactive people in the country. One of our priorities over the coming years will be on understanding patterns of inactivity better, recognising that many people flip between being active and inactive at various points of their life, and even throughout the year. We will target the groups that we know are under-represented and most likely to be inactive.
- People on low incomes – We know from national and local data that the gap between those on higher incomes and those on lower incomes participating in sport has been increasing over the last few years and assume this is the case for broader physical activity.
- Disabled people and people with a long-term limiting illness – National and local data tells us that disabled people are much less likely to take part in sport and physical activity, than any other groups. Women and girls – are less likely to be physically active than men
- Keeping children and young people active – We recognise the importance of establishing good habits for life at an early age.
Communities - In setting out these priorities we will focus some of our efforts on specific geographical areas in Doncaster where we will work with communities to provide long term opportunities to be active. Initially, these will be:
Read the Get Doncaster Moving Strategy (PDF, 8 Mb)
There are a number of other external strategies that are useful, alongside the Get Doncaster Moving Strategy:
- HM Government – Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/486622/Sporting_Future_ACCESSIBLE.pdf
- Sport England – Towards an Active Nation https://www.sportengland.org/media/10629/sport-england-towards-an-active-nation.pdf
- Team Doncaster - Doncaster Growing Together https://issuu.com/doncastercouncil/docs/dgt