Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC) have launched their annual search to find the most active town and villages in Suffolk.
The idea behind the competition, now in its fifth 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.
It seeks to find the most active town, most active large village (population of more than 1,000) and most active small village (population of less than 1,000).
Sally Longmate, chief executive of SALC, said: “We sometimes forget about the massive contribution that local communities make to keeping the Suffolk population active, healthy and happy.
“They provide opportunities for all ages and abilities, from the very youngest members of the community to the most senior. We think it’s only right and proper that we celebrate their work and the huge impact it makes to Suffolk’s ambition of becoming the most active county in England.”
Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health, said: “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 can help to prevent or manage a number of different conditions and diseases.”
Besides the honour of being named as the 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.
In 2017 the award winners were Mendham and Withersdale Street, (who triumphed for the second year running) Shotley, Stradbroke and Kesgrave.
Speaking at the time, Lynsey Smith from Stradbroke Parish Council commented “Stradbroke strives to be an active village that continues to expand its sporting events and participation year on year. The whole village is proud to achieve the most active village award 2017 and hopefully we can use it to generate even more engagement from the village and continue to support the wider community.”
Entry forms for this year’s competition can be downloaded from the link before. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 17th October. Shortlisted communities from each category will be invited to the SALC AGM on the 6th November 2018 where the winners and runners up will be announced.
[Photo: 2017 winners Mendham and Withersdale Street, Shotley, Stradbroke and Kesgrave.]