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Strategic Sports and Physical Activity Partnership

Trafford Partnership is proud to announce the launch of a new sports and physical activity partnership for the borough. The partnership will involve more than 100 organisations in Trafford and will include representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Sport has always played an important role in Trafford's history and the council has joined forces with Trafford Partnership to harness the many benefits that sport can bring to local communities. The aim behind the new partnership will be to build on the success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where Trafford played a vital role hosting Olympic football, to create a lasting legacy that will positively benefit the whole borough. The new partnership will aim to reduce health inequalities and have the most active population in Greater Manchester by 2021. Cllr Jonathan Coupe, Executive Member for Safe and Strong Communities, said: "A key focus will be to work with our partners to coordinate the knowledge, resource, experience and skills already available, to help deliver better opportunities for sport and physical activity." "We want to inspire more people, to be more active, more often and this could result in a considerable saving to the public purse, by jointly focussing our efforts and pooling the resources available. We believe there are enormous benefits to be realised by increasing participation levels - be it better health and wellbeing for our residents, reduced health inequalities or better economic growth." As part of the launch for the new Sports Partnership, local schools including Navigation Primary, St Mary's Primary, Manor High, St Michael's CE Primary and Wellacre Boys School will enjoy the privilege of having the chance to see the Rugby League World Cup as it tours the borough. Julie Hazeldine, Headteacher at Flixton Girls High School and Chair of Trafford Schools Sports Partnership, said: "We are totally committed to delivering the Olympic legacy, inspiring a generation of young people in Trafford to become more active, more often through the Strategic Sport and Physical Activity Partnership." "Our girls at Flixton benefit hugely from our sports specialism and of course the Flixton School Sports Partnership, which provides excellent opportunities for competition and participation in a wide range of PE and sporting activities for our children and young people." "PE and sport changes lives, as this the whole nation has observed through London 2012; our challenge and commitment is to ensure that far more young people begin to take part and benefit regardless of their ability, background or starting point." Andy Worthington, Chairman of the North West 2012 Olympic Steering Committee and Chair of the new Sports Partnership, said:"Trafford has long held an unrivalled position in the landscape of international professional sport. With this partnership, it clearly aims to place itself at the forefront in terms of community participation in sport and physical activity. I consider it a real privilege to work with the members of the new Trafford Sports and Physical Activity Partnership in motivating people to be more active, more often. It will help to establish a lasting legacy from the 2012 Games for the whole borough." The new partnership will develop a calendar of events including the Ashes and Rugby League World Cup and will proactively market them to help increase participation levels amongst residents. It will also target areas of particular deprivation to improve health outcomes. Major sporting events, sponsorship and hospitality opportunities will also help reinforce Trafford's position as a major sporting destination. To read the Strategic Framework please click here http://www.traffordpartnership.org/aboutus/executivemeetings/docs/May13/StrategicSportsPartnership.pdf Sports-Partnership-Launch

11th July 2013