Healthy Outdoor Activities

A Sport England report confirms what we have been doing and saying for years!

Decreased stress and stronger family relationships are just two of the standout findings from a new report into the outdoor activities sectors by Sport England and the Outdoors Industries Association.

The report, “Getting Active Outdoors” is a study of demography, motivation, participation and provision in outdoor sport and recreation in England and examines the demand and supply of the outdoor activity market.

(GHoPA) Get Hooked on Positive Activities MD Mark Fenty says “the report highlights the type of personal benefits and impacts our type of organisation has been delivering into the community for years”.  Mark says “we must work harder however to identify funding which allows us to develop new programmes to help both the young and the more mature socially isolated people in our community also enjoy outdoor positive activities.  I am hopeful in our region that perhaps some new programmes targeted at specialist groups could even be seed funded by the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) in partnership with other stakeholders such as the local Authority”.

(GHoPA) has two wonderful outdoor facilities. At their rural East Ravendale site, the organisation has two classrooms with disabled access set in 18 acres of beautiful woodland. More locally, the organisation has a new site it is developing in Humberston, which has two fishing lakes, a woodland, and a coppice set in 21 acres.  Mark says “our ever expanding Wild Lincs programmes includes guided walks and talks, bush craft, overnight camping, orienteering, photography in the environment and a whole host of other programmes even including expert guidance of the wonderful world herbs”.

Over 8 years, the organisation has successful engaged with over 6000 local individuals working with many local schools, health agencies, disabled and environmental groups.

Please contact Sean for more details on 01472 236677.

The organisation is also looking for volunteers of any age who are experienced in the outdoor environment and would like work with the GHoPA team to help develop new programmes.

 

For more detailed reading from “Sport England”, please click on the link http://direct.sportengland.org/media-centre/news/2015/june/10/getting-active-outdoors-insight-unveiled/