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York residents are region’s most active

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York has the highest proportion of active people in Yorkshire & the Humber and is among the UK’s top 10%, according to Sport England’s latest figures.

Over 41% of York adults do one or more 30+ minute sessions of sport a week: the highest in the Yorkshire and Humber region and up nearly five per cent since the survey began in 2007.

Over 28% of York residents also perform extremely well when it comes to achieving three 30-minute sessions of sport or active leisure per week. This was the second highest result in the area and up from 26.9% in the last survey.

York now ranks in the top ten per cent, or 31st out of 325 Local Authorities where residents achieve three half-hours of physical activity a week. The results have been released by Sport England following their Active People Survey 9, which monitors levels of physical activity undertaken across the country over the last two years.

City of York Council has worked with local organisations and clubs to offer a wide range of sport and physical activity opportunities, often targeted at those groups who are less likely to be active. These include older people who are invited to ‘taster’ activities through the Eng-AGE 50+ programme and disabled athletes who are able to try different sports as part of the Celebrating Ability programme of events.

The sport and active leisure team also works closely with Active York, the city’s community sports network, supporting over 300 voluntary sports clubs in the city to help increase their capacity to provide a quality experience. Sport and exercise can be a great way to make new friends, reduce loneliness and strengthen the local community through volunteering.

It is recommended that adults exercise for 150 minutes per week, which can be achieved by just 30 minutes each day. Regular sport and physical activity has proven benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. For example, exercise can help with weight loss and help control or prevent many medical conditions. 

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism and Board Member of Active York said: “These fantastic results are a credit to those who exercise and who take up the wealth of sport and active leisure opportunities in the city. They are also largely thanks to the dedication of all the voluntary and professional sports clubs, leisure centres, private sports venues, coaches, tutors, volunteers and members of the council’s Sport and Active Leisure team who help make the community so active.

“With the New Year coming up it’s a perfect time to resolve to do more exercise, whatever your current level of fitness, and enjoy one of the many different activities across the city.”

There are lots of different opportunities for fitness in York for all abilities and ages. For some suggestions visit or call the council’s Sport and Active Leisure team on 01904 553383.