The value of sport and physical activity to MS 16 Group extends beyond sport for sport’s sake.
Sport can, and does, make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. Therefore we aim at boosting participation in sport within MS 16 group and the communities surrounding us.
In this context, we are talking about sport in its widest sense. We see sport as a key part of wider physical activity and will promote and fund activities such as a gentle gym session, informal running groups or led cycle rides through to more structured team activities.
There is a strong body of evidence of the health and physical fitness benefits of sport, for example, the link between physical inactivity and obesity and the role of physical activity in reducing the risk of cardiovascular heart disease. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and increase mental health and well-being. Moving someone from inactivity into just doing something is where the greatest health benefits can be gained.