A 10-year plan, supported by £5.5m worth of new funding, aims to improve access to sport and physical activity across the West Midlands.
A collaboration between Sport England and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the project looks to build on the impact of the region hosting last year’s (2022) Commonwealth Games and to make it easier for people from all parts of society to play sport, take part in exercise and to walk and cycle more frequently.
The plan will see grant funding being made available for community-led projects with the aim of increasing participation in sports, while a pilot scheme will be launched to integrate physical activity and sport into mental health care pathways for children and young people.
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “We know from work undertaken by the West Midlands Combined Authority – including the Health of the Region report and Mental Health Commission – that there are unfortunately barriers that too many local people face when it comes to taking part in sport and physical activity,” he said.
“I’m determined to address these health inequalities and this partnership with Sport England will help us in that vital effort.
“Our Legacy Enhancement Fund – combined with additional investment from Sport England – will ensure we maximise the post Games momentum to deliver tangible benefit for local people right across our region including those from some of our most deprived communities.”