As­sess­ment to get best from sports cen­tres

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

South La­nark­shire Leisure chiefs have car­ried out an as­sess­ment to check ser­vices such as those at the sports cen­tre in East­field pro­vide the“great­est health and well­be­ing ben­e­fit”for the com­mu­nity.

They say they have de­vel­oped a new way of plan­ning, de­liv­er­ing and mon­i­tor­ing the work that they do.

South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture (SLLC) say there is a grow­ing recog­ni­tion world­wide that tak­ing part in cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties such as at­tend­ing a show, visit­ing a li­brary or go­ing to a mu­seum can sup­port bet­ter well­be­ing just like go­ing to the gym or tak­ing part in sport and out­door ac­tiv­ity.

Gen­eral man­ager Gerry Camp­bell said:“The health im­pact as­sess­ment (HIA) process is a pow­er­ful way to fo­cus in on what we do and make sure we are get­ting the great­est com­mu­nity ben­e­fit.

“Us­ing our sport, leisure and cul­tural venues of­fers peo­ple in­trin­sic ben­e­fits, a chance to learn, gain skills, par­tic­i­pate in the com­mu­nity and have fun.

“That can lead to wider ben­e­fits such as in­creased em­ploy­a­bil­ity, re­duced iso­la­tion, bet­ter well­be­ing and, in the case of sports fa­cil­i­ties, more phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

“There is good ev­i­dence that these are as­so­ci­ated with pos­i­tive im­pacts for health.

“The HIA helps us plan when, where and how to de­liver and pro­mote ser­vices to en­cour­age ev­ery­one but par­tic­u­larly those who might gain the most, to make use of them.”

An HIA takes what is known about how an ac­tiv­ity can im­pact on health and well­be­ing and ap­plies that knowl­edge to spe­cific set­tings.

The re­sults then pro­vide ev­i­dence to help de­sign ser­vices to de­liver the great­est ben­e­fit for in­di­vid­u­als and the wider com­mu­nity.

In ad­di­tion the re­sults from the ini­tial HIA can be used later to test if that ac­tiv­ity is de­liv­er­ing the ben­e­fits that had been an­tic­i­pated.

South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture chair Hamish Ste­wart said:“I think this project high­lights once again how much work and thought goes on be­hind the scenes at SLLC and I would en­cour­age peo­ple across South La­nark­shire to find out what is on of­fer in our venues and coun­try parks as they are sure to find some­thing that ap­peals.”

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