Moving Together launched to help Kings Park residents be more active
A new project aimed at getting local people to live more active lifestyles has launched in Kings Park ward this month.
Moving Together: Kings Park, is a new resident-led project set up by Hackney Council thanks to funding from Sport England and the National Lottery. Over 250 local people came along to the launch hosted at Daubeney Fields on Saturday 13 July. There were loads of free activities on offer including; african drumming, skateboarding, outdoor play, dance and archery.
Kings Park is one of 12 national pilots to receive funding from Sport England, the pilots will come up with ways to help people live more active lives, with solutions being resident led. The project aims to test and implement new approaches to tackling inactivity, founded on local knowledge and experience which place local communities at the heart of the process.
In the east of the borough, Kings Park is next to Hackney Marshes and the River Lea and includes Clapton Park and Kingsmeade Estates. The aim of the investment is to support people to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity per week, in order to improve their health and wellbeing. The project will engage with local groups and individuals, and work with them to better understand the things that make it harder for people to be active and invest money in ways to change this.
Communities know best what is needed for communities, so we are really excited to be launching Moving Together which will come up with resident-led solutions to support the local community to be more active and socially connected.
The team has already been doing some initial work with residents, to see how local people in Kings Park want to invest money from Sport England, the launch was the first of many events that will help bring the community together and have residents voices at the heart of positive changes for King’s Park.
Sport England Chief Executive Tim Hollingsworth said: “Sport and physical activity has the power to transform lives and communities. But we need to break down the complex barriers holding people back from taking part, so that everyone can benefit. A major part of achieving this is by bringing local people and organisations together to make getting active more practical and fun. That is why Sport England is investing National Lottery funding into the Kings Park Moving Together Local Delivery Pilot - to empower residents to live happier, healthier lives.
“Our investment will tackle inactivity head on by working alongside those who know what will work best for their community. We are investing in a range of approaches across England, some of which build on what we already know is working, and others based on new approaches for increasing activity. We look forward to working closely with the pilot project team in Hackney and the wider community on their pioneering approach to get many more people active.”
To help encourage more residents to be active this summer, grants of up to £1,000 are being given to projects and local residents groups that will help people come together and be more physically active.
Kings Park is just one area to benefit from a share of £100 million of National Lottery funding being invested by Sport England in pilot areas across England over the next 3 years to build healthier, more active communities.
To keep up to date with the project, find out about events and receive fitness tips follow @MoveTogetherKP on Twitter and @MovingTogetherKP on Facebook and Instagram. Go to www.hackney.gov.uk/moving-together for more information.