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Our new Get Set to Go campaign burst is aimed at helping people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, particularly South Asian women, to access and enjoy being physically active.

Why the Focus on South Asian Women?

Research from Sport England shows that, whilst the rates of participation in sport amongst men remain fairly fixed across all ethnicities there is much more variation amongst women, with the least active being Black and Asian women.

Participation levels also vary by faith, with Muslim and Hindu women significantly under-represented in sport.

Muslim women were the least active with only just over 20% doing 30 minutes of activity every week. In contrast Muslim men are the third most active with just over half meeting the target.
Hindu men were less active than men from other faiths with only 38% meeting the 30-minute target, compared to 25% for women.

As a result, women from faiths associated with South Asian populations are far less active than men from the same faith and the female population in general (Sport England: Active People Survey 9).

Being active is important for everyone, and can have several benefits, such as:

  • Improving your mental wellbeing, helping you feel good inside and out.
  • Helping lift your mood, so you can feel happier and more relaxed.
  • Reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.

Getting more active can sometimes feel like a daunting task, but it can also be a great way to meet people and have fun. You could look up activities in your local area, and try something new with a friend or family member. A great place to start is a beginners’ class where you will be among people of all shapes, sizes and abilities. You could also look for women-only sessions.

Additionally, there is support available online, such as:

For more information on Get Set to Go, you can visit our webpage: https://www.tynesidemind.org.uk/help-support/get-set-to-go-project-.aspx

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