A PIONREERING project by Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) to help local people on a low income become more active and healthier has won backing from Sport England.

BACT has been awarded £9,440 funding as part of Sport England’s strategy to improve people’s health and mental wellbeing through sport and activity.

Sport England is funding a wide range of projects around the country, using varying approaches to help people to feel healthier, happier, more confident and able to cope with life’s pressures, or more connected to their families and communities.

Sport England research shows that a third of people on low incomes are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of exercise that gets them slightly out of breath each week. And inactivity in people on a low income is twice that of people on a high income.

BACT will be delivering exercise and fitness sessions from March onwards within the local community of Burton on Trent, specifically targeting NEET’s (those not in education, employment or training) as well as Mothers and BAME groups. The aim will be to engage those who may not be able to easily access a range of services to improve their physical wellbeing.

“The funding enables the Trust to work with a different cohort of the local community and engage them positively in a number of different activities that will help to increase their activity levels and wellbeing”.

Sport England Executive Director, Mike Diaper, said: “Burton Albion Community Trust has a strong track record of working with their local community and we’re very excited by how their project could make such a positive difference to people’s lives”.

“We know that people on a low income can face many pressures that make it difficult for them to be as active as they would like to be. So we’re working with community-focused organisations across the country to find ways to help people fit physical activity into their lives in ways that work for them.

“The lessons we learn from this local project will really help to shape our work with similar groups across the country.”