Cranbrook delivery pilot delivered by Active Devon

The Local Delivery Pilot for Exeter & Cranbrook

The Local Delivery Pilot programme, working in collaboration with Sport England, will seek to bring a wide range of local partners and communities together across Exeter and Cranbrook, to realise the enormous health, social and economic benefits of leading a regular active lifestyle.

Exeter and Cranbrook has been chosen by Sport England as a Pilot area to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England. Exeter and Cranbrook is one of only 12 places in England to be awarded Pilot status and the only location in the South West.

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

Latest research shows that a quarter of the general population (11.5 million people) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of exercise that gets them slightly out of breath each week.

In Exeter, people are already more physically active than the national average but there are certain groups such as those in lower paid jobs, women and disabled people who struggle to be physically active in their everyday lives.

By focusing intensely in 12 areas, Sport England and the local partners want to identify better ways to address these stubborn inequalities and break down the barriers that stop people getting active, such as poor transport, safety, cost and confidence.

A Vision of Becoming the Most Active City in the Country

Two years ago, Exeter became the most active city in the South West and now, with the collaboration, dedication and commitment of all the partners involved, the vision is to go one step further and become the most active city in England.

The success of this bid creates an exciting opportunity. The support and the funding that Pilot status will bring will create better opportunities and easier access to many types of physical activities such as walking or cycling schemes, which in turn will have a positive effect on both physical and mental wellbeing for local people who take up the opportunities.

Innovative Way to Get Active

Through this Pilot scheme the aim is to encourage wider, collaborative partnerships which look at how all parts of a community can better work together to help the most inactive.

From the transport links and street lighting to the quality of parks and open spaces, to how sport and activity is promoted by GPs, partnerships will look at innovative ways to encourage people who aren’t normally that active, who might not be into sport or regular exercise, to move more and live active lives.

To find out more about the Local Delivery Pilots, visit the Sport England website here. You can also read the full News article here.

If you would like to speak to some at Active Devon about the Local Delivery Pilot, please get in touch.

There are a number of partners involved

Including Public Health Devon and Active Devon:

“One of the reasons we have been chosen for this national Pilot is because our ideas of reducing congestion and improving health and wellbeing across the city are backed up with an innovative and unique approach to data analysis, put together with our partners. This will help us to target communities who could most benefit, and actively monitor the impact on health and wellbeing and adapt our approach accordingly.” Simon Chant from Public Health Devon

“I am thrilled that the Exeter and Cranbrook Local Pilot bid has been successful. The bid was made possible by the commitment and collaboration of a wide range of local partners. It provides us with a unique opportunity to work together on new ways of tackling the complex challenge of physical inactivity. Active Devon looks forward to supporting the Pilot fully to ensure it is a success and really puts Exeter and Cranbrook on the map as places where being active is a part of people’s everyday lives.” Matt Evans, Chief Executive of Active Devon