Richmond tops table for being sportiest borough in the country


Almost half of adults participate in 30 minutes of sport each week.


By SWLondoner staff

Richmond has once again been crowned the most sporting borough in the country, a survey by Sport England has revealed.

The national survey found adults in the borough are among the most active in England with nearly half (47%) participating in 30 minutes of sport every week.

Thirty three per cent of residents take part in sporting activities three times a week, with many using the borough’s local parks, sporting venues, leisure centre’s and events.

The survey also showed that 15.5 million more people are playing sport at least once a week since London hosted the Olympic Games last year, a rise of 750,000 on last year. The number of disabled people who are playing sport every week has also increased.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Strategic Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture on Richmond Council, said it was a fantastic achievement for the borough.

“Last week we heard that people in Richmond are less likely to die from major killers such as cancer and heart disease and that is because we are staying fit and healthy,” she said.

“We hear a lot about the so called ‘couch potatoes’ – but we are bucking the trend with a generation of adults who are getting active, some of whom will have got involved in sport through our programme – Competitive Edge.

“There’s no better place to be than this borough with it’s abundance of local parks, leisure centres, sporting venues and events. It’s no surprise Richmond has been part of this ‘Olympic effect’ with a full programme of activities at it’s leisure centres, RISE events for disabled people and many more activities available for local residents.”

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