Wokingham Borough’s residents are among the most active (or more accurately least inactive) in the country according to a report published by the NHS – and the borough council is offering plenty of opportunities to keep it that way.
The NHS Digital Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet report shows that only 13 per cent of Wokingham Borough’s adult residents are classified as inactive – the lowest rate in the country.
"We have a very active adult population in our borough that enjoys using our open spaces and facilities to exercise. However, we mustn’t become complacent,” said Cllr Angus Ross, executive member for environment.
"We continue to enhance our facilities and target those groups of residents least active, to encourage and help them benefit of their health and wellbeing and also reduce their chances of developing long-term conditions and dependency on our health services."
Wokingham Borough Council runs a range of programmes to help people stay active. These include specific help for people referred by the GPs, older people who may be risk of falls, and people with mental health issues:
More than 2,000 members are taking part in some form of physical activity.
Active Adults (aged 16 to 50)
More than 200 active members are currently enjoying these sessions.
Walking for Health (adults 18+)
More than 1,000 members are registered and taking part.
Wokingham Active Kids (aged 5 to 12)
This has more than 2,000 children participating.
Wokingham Adults with Additional Needs
More than 100 people with a disability use our sports development services each week. More than 100 people attend annual events. Some 100 people use the council’s discounted 1-Life membership card to go swimming/use the gym for £2 off-peak.
And for those who don’t want to take part in these organised activities, the council also runs and maintains its country parks – including the jewels in the crown of Dinton Pastures and California Country Park – as well as opening new nature parks (technically known as Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace - SANG) at all of its major development areas.
Where the council can, it has also invested in sport and recreational facilities, such as the new tennis courts at Cantley Park and the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) near the FBC Centre in Finchampstead.
Major investment is also on its way in indoor sport and leisure facilities such as at Bulmershe Leisure Centre and Ryeish Green Leisure Centre.
See more information on these and other ways to stay active.