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Mayoral Manifesto 2016 - Sport

Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!

The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.

Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor

 

Activity is one of the key ways in which to keep people healthy and to prevent dementia. Enabling citizens to be active through sports and active travel is key to improving the health of the city in the long term.

Community Sport

The Green mayor will work with the Bristol Sports Partnership to promote grass-roots and community sports in the city. The sports partnership will be an organisation run by and for all the sporting organisations in the city, both amateur and professional. It is particularly important to engage girls in active hobbies from the age of 9 upwards and to keep them engaged throughout their secondary school careers. Sport England’s ‘This Girl  Can’ initiative has been successful and will be sustained in Bristol through continuing the ‘Bristol Girls Can’ theme. The key to active participation is to recognise that people get involved in different types of activities throughout their lives and to ensure that there are a wide range of options available.

Improve sports facilities

Employers will be encouraged to provide exercise facilities for staff within the workplace. The Green Mayor will look at the possibility of providing a small rate reduction for employers to help them do this. The Green Mayor will support the use of school sports facilities by the public outside school hours in order to maximise their use. The Green Mayor will seek funding to enable us to provide sufficient public sports facilities, both indoor and outdoor, to meet demand.

Daily exercise at school for all children

Exercise should become a part of the school curriculum. The Green Mayor will encourage all schools in Bristol to ensure that every pupil has a full unbroken half day of sport each week in addition to daily opportunities for physical exercise. Schools will also be encouraged to seek greater ties with local sports clubs, amateur and professional, to get assistance with coaching, share facilities and provide a way into sports outside school.

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