High-profile sporting organisations in the county have pledged their support to the Essex Faith Covenant, to use participation in sport as a way of bringing people of all faiths together.
Active Essex, the county sports partnership, has brought together several organisations including, The Essex County Football Association, Colchester United Football in the Community, Essex County Cricket Club and the Active Essex Foundation to commit their support and share the Essex Faith Covenant’s vision of using sport to tackle loneliness, isolation and disadvantage felt within Essex’s minority communities.
Jason Fergus, Director, Active Essex commented on the involvement of the County Sports Partnership: “We have witnessed the benefits that sport and physical activity can bring to under represented groups including those from disadvantaged communicates, people with mental health issues and disabilities. Sport can break down barriers and give people a positive way of becoming involved in their communities.
“We are committed to changing 1 million lives by getting Essex active, a goal which we want to become accessible to everyone in the county.”
The Essex Faith Covenant leads representatives from several faith-based organisations to share their ambitions and ensure that no inequalities exist between faith and community organisations across Essex. It is hoped that many more sporting organisations will sign up to the Essex Faith Covenant and commit to breaking down barriers to participating in sport and physical activity.