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New toolkit launched to boost physical activity despite coronavirus

Our Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit will help sports and physical activity providers encourage people to be active.

We’ve launched an Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit that’ll help sports and physical activity providers to assist more people to stay active over the next six months.

The toolkit, which is packed with resources and insight that’ll support both individuals and organisations, has been produced on the back of some new and worrying figures that show a decline in the nation’s activity levels.

It’s designed to help with the major difficulties that activity providers are facing due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, such as the ongoing tightening of restrictions, financial constraints and the annual seasonal challenge winter brings. 

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Our chief executive, Tim Hollingsworth, hailed the toolkit and said he hoped it would go some way to providing the support and encouragement the industry needs at a very tough time.

“Sport and physical activity deliver immediate mental health and social benefits while having a longer-term impact on our physical health,” he added.

“It is a vital tool to help us cope mentally with the challenges the months ahead will bring and physically to be fitter and healthier, to boost our immunity and to ward off illnesses more generally.

“We know that many of our partners are struggling to keep their communities involved in their regular sports and activities – either because they face restrictions or they are struggling financially, and this toolkit is here to help provide support and encouragement.” 

Our research has shown that, before the pandemic, activity levels across England had hit record highs, and though stubborn inequalities still existed, the upward trajectory gave much cause for optimism that sport and physical activity was becoming truly embedded in people’s daily lives.

While the early months of lockdown saw activity levels broadly hold up, as people turned to different activities like running, cycling and working out at home, recent analysis suggests that motivation has waned, with less than a third of adults in England now doing at least 30 minutes of activity on at least five days a week.

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