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Record sport and leisure attendances

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05 December 2016

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It's been a golden year for sport in Enfield with record numbers of visitors using Enfield Council's sporting and leisure facilities.

  • Figures show a 40 per cent increase in sport session take up in Enfield
  • Big increase in young people using leisure centres
  • Enfield Council's Move More campaign aims to improve the health of residents by encouraging physical activity

It's been a golden year for sport in Enfield with record numbers of visitors using Enfield Council's sporting and leisure facilities.

The number of people attending a sports session rocketed from 13,459 in the first half of last year (for young people) to an eye watering 21,711 this year and from 13,280 last year (for adults) to 15,900 in the first half this year.

Other equally impressive statistics show that the amount of young people using our leisure centres is growing, from 398,331 in the first half of last year to 441,133 in the first half of this year.

The stats are great news for Enfield Council's Move More campaign which that aims to encourage everyone to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity (60 minutes for children) a day in bite-sized chunks. Research shows that doing physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and help with weight loss.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "It's great news that residents of all ages are embracing the fundamental messages of our Move More campaign, getting off the couch and participating in sporting sessions in greater numbers.

"There are so many wonderful initiatives taking place in the borough to encourage residents to be fit and healthy which run alongside our Move More campaign. Making small changes, such as walking instead of driving where possible, and using the stairs instead of a lift can dramatically improve your health and significantly reduce your chances of developing serious health complications in the future.

"As well as encouraging healthy lifestyle changes, we are working with our leisure partners to make sure that there are a wide range of sports and recreational activities that suit every level of fitness, it really has never been easier to bring physical activity into your life, whatever your age."

Other initiatives designed to encourage people to be more active include:

  • The Cycle Enfield Scheme, which will see £42m of external investment come into the borough, will not only provide a once-in-a-lifetime boost to transform our high streets and town centres and create safe and secure cycle lanes, but will also make it much easier for residents to become physically active as part of their everyday life.
  • Enfield is one of the greenest boroughs in London with many beautiful parks and open spaces which can be enjoyed for free. Many parks now have 'green gyms' which are free and sports pitches which can be used by anyone.

To find out more about Enfield Council’s Move More promotion, watch our video on YouTube, with Cllr Fonyonga speaking about the benefits of the campaign.