Government-funded sports project aims to bring the community together

Sport and physical activity is hoped to boost community cohesion in Wisbech

Sport and physical activity is hoped to boost community cohesion in Wisbech - Credit: Archant

A new project using sport and physical activity to bring the community together in Wisbech is being launched by Fenland District Council with £140,000 of government funding.

The authority has received a grant from central government’s Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) to launch a new programme aimed at bringing migrant and local communities together, while improving residents’ health and wellbeing.

Working alongside Clarion Housing and key charity and volunteering services, the project will provide tailored sports and physical activities to lower income workers aged 30-55 – comprising of around 10,000 migrant and 5,000 British workers.

It aims to help improve the lives of the working community and build on a number of other CMF-funded projects in the district helping to ease pressures on local services from migration and aid social integration.

The project aims to overcome the main barriers to being active, such as long working hours, and create a programme of sport and physical activity which reflects their lifestyles and income.

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A council spokesperson said: “This initiative will use sport and physical activity as a means to address the social divide between various different communities living and working together.”

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