District’s sporting numbers are on the up in South Kesteven

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PARTICIPATION in sport has seen a marked increase in South Kesteven according to figures published last Thursday.

The results of a survey conducted by Sport England showed a 3.8 per cent increase in adults taking part in sporting activities over the last four years.

South Kesteven has shot up the rankings to 53rd out of 237 districts – a 57-place increase from the last Active People Survey in 2006.

The survey measured the number of adults aged 16 and over who participate in sport and physical activity three or more times a week.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership said the results reflect the work they have done in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council, SKDC, school sports partnerships and local sports clubs to increase and sustain sport participation. LSP chief executive Janet Inman said she was delighted with the results.

She said: “The results for Lincolnshire and South Kesteven in particular have been amazing. The fact that South Kesteven has jumped over 50 places to be ranked 53rd in the country is excellent.

“My congratulations goes out to all those helping to develop and deliver sport across the county; the districts, community clubs and volunteers, and the individuals who are taking part in a wide range of activities and sports.”

l Sports clubs in the area have contributed to Lincolnshire’s 35 per cent increase in those awarded the Clubmark accreditation.

The increase is almost 20 per cent higher than the national average and the highest throughout the East Midlands. The county has 114 Clubmark clubs and a further 58 who are working towards achieving accreditation.

Clubmark, including the FA Charter Standard award, is all about increasing quality of sport and the development process within clubs; creating safe environments for children and young people, introducing a constitution, following a delivery and development plan.

Clubs can then provide better quality coaches and volunteers for their club members.

They can also access more funding which means that they can provide better facilities and sessions for their members.

Of the county’s 168 Clubmark accredited clubs, 31 are from South Kesteven, joint highest in Lincolnshire alongside Lincoln City Council.