GRANT applications to help get the most reluctant people in Hartlepool taking part in sport have been welcomed by councillors.
Bids for funding totalling more than £500,000 are due to be submitted to Sport England to increase opportunities for disabled people and those who do not do enough exercise.
Figures show only 35.5 per cent of Hartlepool adults do at least 30 minutes of regular exercise a week.
Hartlepool Borough Council will be part of a Tees Valley partnership bid to Sport England’s Inclusive Sports Fund for just over £277,000.
If successful, it will support disabled residents to increase their levels of sport and physical activity.
Bid leaders Hope to have a decision by the end of February, and if successful the programme will begin in June.
A second application is intended to be made to Sport England’s Community Sports Activation Fund for around £250,000.
It is aimed at getting the most sedentary residents exercising and joining in sport and is planned to commence from September.
Councillor Kevin Cranney, who chaired a meeting of the Regeneration Services Committee, said: “These grants will increase opportunities for sports activities within the town.
“We have got problems with obesity and it’s about making young people particularly fitter for work and for their health. It can only be a positive thing.”