ASA welcomes focus on mental wellbeing in new sport strategy

The government’s new sport strategy has recognised the positive impact that physical activity has on an individual’s mental health and wellbeing, and pledges to get more older people active.

Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation was released today following a three month public consultation period. Developed as a cross-governmental approach to improving the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation, the strategy aims to get everyone active, with a particular focus on older people.

With growing levels of health conditions such as dementia, diabetes and obesity, the strategy recognises the importance of projects such as the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project, which brings together a range of local and national organisations across the sport, health and social sectors to help increase activity levels.

Lara Lill, ASA Head of Health and Wellbeing, said: “We welcome the strategy’s focus on improving the nation’s health and wellbeing through physical activity.

“Swimming helps to fight inactivity across all ages, but due to the relaxing and supportive properties of water, it is especially good for older people and those living with specific health issues. This is why projects like the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project, which include specific low impact and relaxation sessions, can play a major part in improving mental wellbeing.

“We are also incredibly pleased with the recognition the Sports Minister has given to the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project. It’s reference within the strategy, and the Minister’s recent visit to support the project, demonstrates the importance this health model has in helping our society to become more active.

“Swimming projects such as these are pivotal in bringing people together and creating a social hub of activity. We will continue to work with partners to share good practice across the sports sector to encourage similar projects to develop.”

You can view the full Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation on the DCMS website.


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