About Active New Communities
The Active New Communities project focuses on helping individuals to stay active while relocating to a new community in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Moving house is recognised as a significant event in a person’s life that can be a cause of stress and a disrupter to ‘good’ behaviours. Moving into an entirely new community, which at first often lacks sporting facilities and established sport and physical activity provision, can have a negative impact on an individual’s physical activity habits.
Living Sport, the County Sports Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is the lead partner for the project, which has been awarded National Lottery funding via Sport England to help people in growth communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough stay active when their life circumstances change. It is a successful collaboration between a large number of partners across the area including Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Peterborough City Council and Vivacity, developers Urban and Civic and BPHA.
The project will focus on eight strategic growth sites that are being built and occupied during the period 2018-2021. A phased approach to working in each development will take place. In Year 1 of the project we will target Alconbury Weald, Northstowe and Hauxton. In Year 2 work in Alconbury Weald and Northstowe will continue with a new phase of development in Hampton in Peterborough to also be included. Years 3 and 4 will see sites in Great Haddon (Peterborough), North West Cambridge and Soham integrated.
The project is designed to work with a range of partner organisations that support Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s new communities to ensure that residents are provided with information and opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity.