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£5m for schools and workplaces to encourage physical activity

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Sport Wales are launching a £5 million fund to encourage people to live healthy and active lives.

It will go towards schools, clubs, and workplaces.

The Healthy and Active Fund aims to support people to build physical activity into their lives and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

The first phase investment of £5m will be over three years.

It will focus on improving physical activity levels, encouraging solutions to take advantage of collaboration, existing community assets such as clubs, schools and workplaces, and new technology.

Chair of Sport Wales', Lawrence Conway, says fun and enjoyment in being active was 'a consistent message in people's experience of sporting activity.''

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, hopes the fund will achieve that.

Becoming healthy and active should not feel like an ordeal or something to be apprehensive about. It should be something that is fun, open to everyone and a way for people, families and communities to come together.

After a Wales-wide public conversation, the need for enjoyable experiences to be central to getting people active was a resounding message.

Ensuring people have a lifelong participation is another core theme of turning Wales into a more active nation, which will influence a new collective approach to sport in Wales.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

Public Health Wales say people in communities are living in 'poor health' as a result of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and bone and joint problems.

Being inactive is a risk factor for all of these conditions. Helping us incorporate physical activity into our daily lives is one of the best ways we can both prevent and improve some of these conditions, as well as helping us feel good.

– Dr Chrissie Pickin, Public Health Wales

The Healthy and Active Fund is a partnership between Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales.