Gloucester City is a district authority whose services are provided by the City Council. Gloucester City is demarcated by 4 areas, (North, South, East and Central) and 15 wards. Four of the 15 wards (Barton, Westgate, Matson and Podsmead), are amongst the 10% most deprived wards in the South West. Barton and Westgate are also ranked amongst the 10% most deprived wards in England (Bramley, 2006). Compared to the other districts in the Gloucestershire County Gloucester City has the highest unemployment rate, pays the lowest wage, and has the highest percentage of people who believe their health is “Not Good” (ONS, 2009; ONS(a), 2009; Bramley, 2006).
International and national evidence from Jones et al., (1998) and the Department of Health (2004) show how influential physical activity is in improving health and encouraging social inclusion. Low participation in physical activity has been recognised as an area of extreme importance by national Government. Their response through the release of reports such as Choosing Activity: A Physical Activity Action Plan Department of Health (2005) signals the need for urgent action at all levels within the community. Initiatives are required to create innovative and sustainable change within the community. Distribution of the physical activity opportunities available within Gloucester City will assist health and physical activity promoters in developing strategies and practices that can focus on the gaps in provisions. This knowledge could also assist in addressing health and social inequalities with a view to improving community health.
As a consequence an audit of the physical activity opportunities available within Gloucester City was carried out to provide Gloucester City Council with accurate and thorough data that can be used to further develop physical activity opportunities to enhance community health and contribute to strategies and initiatives that combat health and social issues. The audit was organised to identify existing physical activity opportunities in Gloucester City highlighting the exclusive groups some activities were targeted at and review the economic composition of these activities i.e. costs, concessions, and incentives.
Editor's comments - [ This audit was undertaken by Corey Harris, supervised by Dr Diane Crone and Dr Mary Mahoney at the Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care, University of Gloucesteshire, October 2008- September 2009. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Harris, C., Crone. D and Mahoney, M. (2009). Audit of physical activity opportunities in Gloucester City: Summary Report. University of Gloucestershire.
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