Funded as the Birmingham and Solihull Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) by Sport England since 2018, the ‘Active Communities’ programme has worked across six of the most deprived areas in Birmingham and Solihull to tackle the barriers to getting active. The aim of the programme was to pilot interventions that tested an approach to increasing physical activity in those communities, as these are statistically communities most likely to be least active. In addition to testing interventions around getting communities experiencing poverty or deprivation more active, the LDP innovation set out to determine if there was a link between being more physically and more civically active. Part of the aspiration of the programme was to provide opportunities for the people and communities that have traditionally been left behind and help to remove the barriers to physical and civic activity by working together to co-create solutions in a place. The work intended to build on learning done to date in the pilot and demonstrate scalability in any of the positive results.

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