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Due to the global pandemic and lockdown restrictions, funding was provided to ensure women and girls in the Bangladeshi community had the opportunity to remain active.
Prior to the pandemic, the Bangladeshi Women’s group were meeting monthly to swim and weekly to participate in group exercise sessions. However, with various restrictions coming into place, the women were reporting that they had been generally inactive. Opportunities to participate in physical activity for the women became limited due to COVID restrictions and for cultural reasons, as exercising in the presence of males wouldn’t be possible for the group.
Sport England shared recent learnings showing that inequalities in activity levels continue to exist in some communities such as Lower Socio Economic Groups , Diverse Ethnic Communities, People with Long Term Health Conditions and amongst those living with a disability; these were made more pronounced with the impact of COVID-19. Active Essex had a relationship with the Bangladeshi Women’s group previously and were able to approach the project lead to discuss the “need” within the community. In the wake of lockdown restrictions, it was important to provide opportunities for audiences identified as a priority, to be active.