Mens activities

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Dear Chelmsford City Council,

Please clarify what opportunities for men to be more active or try a new sport has been applied
for by Chelmsford City Council.

Yours faithfully,

Chris

Information Request, Chelmsford City Council

Dear Chris,

Thank you for your information request received 12 June 2017. This is an acknowledgement of your request being received. Your request has been referenced as IR5433. Please use this reference number in any subsequent contact with the Council.

A response to your request will be sent to you before or on 10th July 2017.

Yours sincerely,

John Breen
Information and Compliance Manager
Chelmsford City Council

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Information Request, Chelmsford City Council

Dear Chris,

I am sending this email in response to your Freedom of Information Act (2000) request reference IR 5433. Please use this reference in any subsequent contact relating to this request.

Response
Please see a response below from Antony Bensley - Community Sport & Wellbeing Manager:

Thank you for your enquiry dated 12th June 2017 regarding the opportunities that Chelmsford City Council have applied to encourage men to get involved in sports. Jon Lyons, Leisure & Heritage Services Manager is currently on leave so I am responding on his behalf.

Chelmsford City Council operates four large Leisure Centres and provides an extensive range of sport & recreational activities that offer opportunities for all ages, abilities and sexes to get active. We work hard to ensure that the needs of all groups within the local community are taken into account in the delivery of these services. In order to do this, we provide wide and varied programmes that allow significant opportunities in both general sessions (open to everyone) as well as specific, targeted sessions, that encourage groups that are perhaps hesitant to get involved.

Research has shown that participation by females in sports and activities is disproportionately low against other groups, and initiatives such as ‘Women-only’ sessions are an integral part of improving this statistic. In comparison, participation by men has been shown to be much higher, and research demonstrates that males are less likely to be encouraged by same-sex sessions. Therefore, there is less of a need for such initiatives specifically aimed at men. In 2014, the Council received grant funding from Sport England for a project aimed specifically at opening up opportunities for women. Some of these opportunities are mixed sessions and some are specifically organised as women only sessions in attempt to increase female participation.

We have not applied for any funding for 'male only' activities and do not offer sports and activities classes that are ‘male only’ due to the lack of demand for this kind of service. However there is a huge range of activities on offer that men of all ages can get involved in.

Going forward, we take on board customer's comments in the development and review of our programming, and if there is sufficient demand, we will always aim to introduce new or alter existing sessions to ensure the greatest number of people benefit from the service we provide. If you have any specific feedback that would help with our programming then please do contact Jon Lyons by email at: [email address].

Right to Internal Review
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Appeal
If you should still remain dissatisfied following the outcome of the review, you may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision by writing to:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Tel: 0303 1231113 or 01625 545745

Yours sincerely,

John Breen
Information and Compliance Manager
Chelmsford City Council

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