Setting the pace for the county

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It’s official – Calderdale is a great place to be active.

The borough has come top in West Yorkshire for the percentage of people taking part in physical activity for at least 30 minutes at least once a week.

This is based on Sport England’s Active People Survey, which tracks the number of people taking part in sport in the UK. Latest figures reveal a quarter of people in Calderdale do three sessions of physical activity a week – top spot in West Yorkshire and second in Yorkshire and the Humber – and 38 per cent take part for at least 30 minutes once a week, highest in West Yorkshire and third in the wider region.

It is proof that it’s been another great year for sport and fitness in Calderdale, said a council spokesperson,with the Tour de Yorkshire inspiring people to get out on their bikes; even more fantastic offers in council-run sports centres; and the creation of the council’s Better Living Team, who are helping hundreds of local residents to lose weight through physical activity and healthy lifestyle courses.

Coun Steve Sweeney (Todmorden) said: “It’s testament to the local facilities and landscape that make it easier and enjoyable for us all to be active.”