During the next term of Government, Jersey Sport advocates seven key priorities to be taken forward. These are focused on increasing the number of adults, children and young people participating in sport and other activities, in order to support good physical and mental health.
Currently, only 52% of adults¹ and 18% of children and young people² meet the World Health Organisation’s weekly physical activity recommendations. These already poor levels of inactivity are magnified further in low socio-economic groups, females, those with a disability or life-limiting condition, and in the Portuguese/Madeiran and other European communities. While benefiting all islanders, the seven priorities address the inequality gaps that exist and seek to reduce barriers that make it hard for people to play sport and be active.
The benefits of physical activity are plentiful at both the societal and individual levels. Investing and prioritising the delivery of an active island is a strong enabler, supporting Government of Jersey in delivering the Common Strategic Policy. Having endured two sustained periods of lockdown where time out of the house for physical activity was one of the only perceived freedoms, islanders have a fresh ‘lived’ experience and respect for the benefits of being active and playing sport.
Phil Austin MBE, Chairman of Jersey Sport said, “It is time for the Government of Jersey to prioritise health improvement and adopt a preventative approach to support the island’s growing and ageing population. Of equal importance is a commitment to addressing the inequality that exists in our island surrounding access to sport and physical activity which is vital for a socially cohesive and equitable island, where islanders are valued equally.”
Jersey Sport are holding two seminars for declared election candidates at the Pomme d’Or Hotel on Monday 30 May from 13:00-14:00, and Wednesday 1 June from 08:00-09:00, to explain more about the Key Priorities for sport and physical activity in Jersey over the next Government term and to answer any questions about sport, physical activity and wellbeing in the island. Declared candidates interested in attending should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to register their place.
To find out more about the seven Key Priorities for the next Government term and to read Jersey Sport’s manifesto for sport and physical activity in Jersey, please visit: jerseysport.je/delivering-an-active-jersey
1 The Health, Activity and Wellbeing Survey 2021
2 The Jersey Children and Young People’s Survey 2021