Wakefield has least active people in West Yorkshire - says Sport England

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People in Wakefield are the least active in West Yorkshire.

A survey carried out by Sport England showed 52 per cent of people did not take part in any 30-minute periods of exercise, the lowest figure in the whole county.

And on Tuesday Wakefield Council’s cabinet committee are set to approve a five-plan to get more people, and especially women to take up sport.

New facilities and events will be created as part of the sport and exercise strategy.

The cabinet report said there was work to be done to make sure facilities were “fit for purpose”, and to encourage more women to take part in sport.

It also said there needed to be more opportunities for competitive sport and better promotion of sporting events.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for sport and culture, said: “The Physical Activity and Sports Plan follows on from our work around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to ensure we really will be passing on a legacy to everyone in the district.

“The plans will ensure that we are improving the quality of our facilities and providing activities and opportunities in the right places so that more people can access and enjoy sport and develop our future sporting stars.”

The report said more than a quarter of Wakefield adults were obese.