Future sports strategy launched for Jersey

The Government of Jersey has outlined new plans for the future of sport and wellbeing facilities across the island.

Part of the over-arching Inspiring an Active Jersey Strategy launched last September, the new Inspiring Active Places Strategy will help Jersey reach its ambition to increase physical activity within the island by 10 per cent by 2030. 

The 10 -year plan will see more than £100m invested in new sport and wellbeing hubs to drive people to become more physically active, whilst also encouraging local clubs to invite competing sports teams to visit the island more frequently.

These modern, holistic health and wellbeing hubs include gyms, studios, creches, play areas, libraries, a health facility and cafes. They include Les Quennevais Sport and Wellbeing Hub, Le Rocquier Sport and Wellbeing Hub, St Helier Sport and Wellbeing Hub, Oakfield Sports Centre Expansion and Springfield Fitness and Studio expansion.

“More than 80 per cent of children and over half of adults in Jersey do not meet the WHO’s guidelines for physical activity and in order for us to achieve our goal, it is essential to provide affordable facilities that meet the needs of Islanders and our sporting clubs and associations,” said said deputy Hugh Raymond, assistant minister for economic development with responsibility for sport.

“Of course the pandemic has had a massive economic impact and so before committing to these plans, we need to have a conversation with the Island to take into account everyone’s view about the best fit of sporting facilities for the Island and this strategy provides an excellent starting point for discussion.”

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