Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Association of Local Councils have come together to launch this year’s competition to find Suffolk’s Most Active Communities.

The idea behind the competition, now in its fourth year, is to recognise and celebrate the hard work that communities across Suffolk, both large and small, do to encourage their residents to be active.

Local communities are known to play a vital role in helping people to be active and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is important because sport and physical activity is not only about fun and enjoyment, it is essential for good health and helps to prevent or manage over 20 different conditions and diseases.

Shona Bendix, chief executive for Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC), said “Suffolk’s Most Active Community Award gives communities a chance to demonstrate what they do to assist people to lead healthier, more active lifestyles. This allows us, and the rest of Suffolk, to celebrate their efforts and the important contribution they make to Suffolk’s ambition of becoming the most active county in England”.

Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health, said “we know local communities, large and small, do a brilliant job in providing opportunities for people to be active. This competition is a great way of highlighting and celebrating their work.”

There are 3 categories of award in this year’s competition – most active town, most active large village (population of more than 1,000) and most active small village (population of less than 1,000).

Besides the honour of being named most active town or village in Suffolk the winner from each category will receive an engraved brass plaque as a permanent recognition of their achievement.

Full entry details and application form can be found by clicking HERE. The closing date for entries is Friday 13 October. Shortlisted communities from each category will be invited to the SALC AGM on the 7 November 2017 where the winners and runners up will be announced.