Residents sign up to get fitter

More people in South Yorkshire are taking part in a sporting activity at least once a week compared to when Britain won the bid to stage the Olympics in 2005, according to new statistics.

Public Health Minister Anne Milton revealed the figures as she called on more people in the region to be inspired by the London 2012 Olympics and get active.

The statistics, taken from Sport England’s Active People Survey on behalf of the Department of Health’s Responsibility Deal Physical Activity Network, show a boost to activity levels in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Some 1,561,100 people in the wider Yorkshire region are now participating in one session of sport a week compared to 1,350,200 in 2005/6 – an increase of more than 210,000 people.