How is the SNP encouraging people to be more active?
Scotland is one of the first countries to publish a national action plan following the World Health Organisation’s global plan on physical activity. Our plan aims to cut physical inactivity amongst adults and teenagers by 15 per cent by 2030. You can read the plan in full here.
To meet this, we’re investing in the infrastructure needed to get people active. We have delivered our commitment to 150 Community Sports Hubs by April 2016 – we will now go further and increase the number of Community Sports Hubs to 200 by 2020. And as a result of the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, £500,000 is being invested in Community Sports Hubs.
We’re helping people walk and cycle more. This year we have doubled the active travel budget to £80 million a year and we’re committed to Scotland becoming the first ‘Daily Mile’ nation. Since the Scottish Government backed the Daily Mile challenge, over half a million children in over 3,000 of Scotland's schools now walk or run a mile each day.
We’re breaking down barriers to being active. A Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Group has been set up to provide advice on female participation and awareness raising in all areas of physical activity. And a £300,000 Sporting Equality Fund has been set up to increase the participation, engagement and promotion of women in sport and we will continue to support efforts to end LGBTI discrimination in sport.