Cranbrook - and Exeter - wins share of £100m from Sport England to get fit

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 December 2017

Flashback: Cranbrook's 2016 fun run at the country park. Cranbrook  along with Exeter  has been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England. Ref mhc 38-16TI 7719. Picture: Terry Ife

Flashback: Cranbrook's 2016 fun run at the country park. Cranbrook  along with Exeter  has been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England. Ref mhc 38-16TI 7719. Picture: Terry Ife

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Cranbrook has won significant funding – a share of £100m – from Sport England to tackle inactivity in communities.

The town – along with Exeter – has been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on a ‘bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England’.

Cranbrook and Exeter made a joint bid and has been awarded ‘pilot’ status - one of only 12 in England.

£100m of National Lottery funding will be invested in the 12 pilot areas over four years, to make it easier for people in these communities to access sport and physical activity.

Jennie Price, Sport England chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Cranbrook and Exeter will be working with us on this ground-breaking investment. We want to get to the heart of the issues that stop people being as active as they might like to be, and work alongside every part of the community and the groups and institutions in Cranbrook and Exeter that support them.”

Councillor Paul Diviani, leader of East Devon District Council (EDDC), said: “This announcement is brilliant news for Cranbrook. Sport and physical activity will play an important role in helping Cranbrook develop as a new community.”

Devon county councillors Ray Bloxham and Sara Randall-Johnson said: “Our growing community includes a lot of children and young families, so we’ll be looking to encourage everyone, but children and their families in particular, to be more active, whatever their ability.”

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