'70,000 Doncaster adults' take part in less than 30 minutes of exercise a week', report claims

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Nearly £400,000 has been signed off to spend on increasing 'persistently low levels' of exercise among Doncaster residents.

Nearly £400,000 has been signed off to spend on increasing 'persistently low levels' of exercise among Doncaster residents.

Research shows around 70,000 adults (29.1 per cent) in Doncaster participate in less than 30 minutes of activity per week.

The borough also has the 'lowest percentage of people in the country' who participate in sport and physical activity at least twice a month.

A sum of £389,733 is being spent to improve the delivery of the council's Get Doncaster Moving programme.

A report compiled by council bosses said initial funding had been successful in launching projects but others will 'continue to stall' until the six-figure sum is put into the programme.

The initiative is split into five areas focusing on walking, cycling, dance, use of parks and open spaces and sport and the funding injection will be paid for out of the council's Service Transformation Fund split over three years.

The money will be used to pay for a 'Sports Participation Co-ordinator at £106,233 and an 'Active Travel Auditor' and 'Walking Project Lead' at £105,000 each.

Around £30,000 will be spent on supporting the Doncaster Cycle Festival and £15,000 on developing and delivering a 'dance strategy'.

The cash will also used to fund 'Daily Mile' events across Doncaster's primary schools at costing £8,500.

Gary Gaunt, programme manager at Doncaster Council, said: "Without the funding the Get Doncaster Moving programme will fail to deliver the sum of its ambitions, and that the impact of the programme and the benefits that can be delivered will be limited.

"Temporary supporting revenue will complement the already secured investment and make Get Doncaster Moving a greater success allowing it to deliver the sum of its ambitions

"The Get Doncaster Moving Programme is driving key elements of Doncaster’s Physical Activity and Sport Strategy which is leading to embed physical activity into the fabric of daily life and make it an easy, cost-effective and ‘normal’ choice for all residents."