The Sport, Physical Activity and Healthy Living Strategy for Stirling will prioritise the use of sport and physical activity to tackle inequalities and support healthy living.
At a meeting of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillors agreed the revised Strategy for Stirling and noted the first draft of the revised Delivery Plan for its implementation.
Research shows that learning, employability, crime reduction, improved mental health and combating isolation can all be delivered from using sport and physical activity.
The ambitious long-term initiative also outlines the economic impact of performance sport and sporting events, highlighting the potential of elite sporting performance for Stirling’s citizens, given existing infrastructure and an aspiration from the Council to provide more facilities.
There are four key priorities to the strategy:
• Ensuring physical education, physical activity and sport (PEPAS) are embedded within all schools, educational establishments and communities across Stirling.
• Through partnerships with clubs and communities, ensure that high-quality, inclusive and sustainable sport and physical activity are available for all.
• Opportunities for all of Stirling’s citizens, regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, circumstance or ability to lead active, healthy lives - improving wellbeing and tackling health inequality
• Maximise the use and capacity of indoor and outdoor spaces to provide safe, high-quality places for all, including visitors and elite athletes.
The Community Planning committee also recommended that a food and nutrition report be added to the work and that officers come back to the committee within 12 months.
Convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane, said: “I have to commend the review for an incredible and comprehensive body of work.
“This refreshed strategy has been produced by an encouraging range of partners, who have worked collaboratively over a number of months to refresh and agree a list of high-level ambitions and strategic priorities.
“These will change lives by encouraging people to be more active, engage with sport and physical activity across the Stirling Council area and help them make healthier, more informed choices regards food consumption.
“The strategy outlines how partners will work together over the next 10 years to deliver four shared priorities. These are evidence based and demonstrate the significant potential of sport, physical activity and nutrition to address inequality.
“I am confident that the partners committed to this strategy will succeed in delivering its vision for Stirling to be the best place to be active and change lives through being active and eating well.”
Vice Convener of the Committee, Councillor Maureen Bennison said: “Healthy people live active, full and positive lives within their communities, and Stirling is committed to providing access to physical activity, sport and good quality, affordable and sustainable food for all.
“I welcome the refreshed strategy, which will ensure we look after all our citizens, from early years to adulthood, by giving them the opportunities to be physically active, eat healthily and participate in sport.”
The refreshed strategy was developed by a partnership group involving a number of organisations. These include: Active Stirling, Club Sport Stirling, Forth Environment Link, Forth Valley College, McLaren Community Leisure Centre, NHS Forth Valley, Scottish Disability Sport, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, sportscotland, University of Stirling, and Plus Forth Valley.