Local sport set to soar

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Sports clubs and leisure centres across the Fylde Coast are bracing themselves for a surge of interest as residents are inspired by the summer sports.

That’s according to Lancashire Sport Partnership (LSP), which has highlighted research from UK Sport which confirms the enormous impact that major sporting events such as the World Cup, Wimbledon, the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games can have on local participation.

The LSP helps bring together sports services so residents across Lancashire can become more active and enjoy sport.

Its chief executive, Adrian Leather, said: “Following Wimbledon, the number of people out using local tennis courts is a clear indication of the way in which major sporting events inspire people to take part.

“Many of the sporting champions of today were inspired by previous tournaments and races but the real benefit of events like the World Cup and the Tour de France is that they encourage people of all ages to get active. That creates new habits for life, increasing wellbeing, reducing health problems and supporting opportunities for family time.”

Physical activity can reduce the prevalence of conditions including diabetes, cancer, coronary heart disease, obesity, stroke and musculoskeletal conditions.