Extended funding announced for Active Withernsea

Wed, 13 May 2020

The Active Withernsea pilot has had its funding extended for another three years thanks to the efforts and support of the town's residents over the last few years.

Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive at Sport England, wrote to the team to confirm that funding would continue for Active Withernsea until 2025.

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "This is fantastic news and although we are currently experiencing unprecedented times, I can assure you that the team has been working hard with the community and partners in keeping the momentum going.

"We are now able to confidently plan beyond 2021 and to work at an intensity around system and behaviour change that would have undoubtedly been compromised.

"The team is currently taking time to complete a review on how the pilot currently operates, our structures and strengths, areas for improvement and further support and how this might change given the certainty in funding.

"This is being overlaid with the insight we have gained from how Covid-19 is affecting life in Withernsea and allowing us to gather reflections on how a coastal town deals with a pandemic.  

Councillor Jonathan Owen, chair of the health and wellbeing board at the council, said: "We are very pleased that this will allow us to carry on our Active Withernsea journey and my thanks go out to you for your continuing support and dedication to Active Withernsea as residents and staff alike.

"It's important to be able to support residents and the community by listening to what it is they need. Good luck and well done!"

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for tourism, culture and leisure at the council, said: "This is great news for Withernsea and I have no doubt that the residents and staff in the town will rise to the challenge yet again and help to put Withernsea on the tourism map.

"The extension to the funding obviously shows that great things are happening in Withernsea and I look forward to seeing more."

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