CALDERDALE will get a £2.65 million boost to its efforts to get people in the borough more active, after its Cabinet agreed to accept the money from Sport England.

In past five years the borough – which when compared with 19 other northern boroughs ranks highly for the number of active adults – has also reduced levels of inactivity as one of 12 delivery pilot areas nationwide.

The Pathfinder grant cash will be used to test ways in which physical activity can be embedded across the borough through the Active Calderdale scheme, including through health and social care, for example hospitals and GP surgeries, within the workplace, using the borough’s many parks and open spaces, and through partnerships with voluntary and community organisations.

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Initially the majority of the work will be undertaken in Park and North Halifax wards but, if successful, will be rolled out across Calderdale.

Due to progress so far the borough is now below the England average for levels of inactivity, and is the best performer among 20 comparable northern boroughs.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Coun Jane Scullion (Lab, Luddenden Foot) said: “We’ve moved from fifth to joint top in terms of the number of people active.”