We’re couch potatoes

NEWHAM has been branded a borough of couch potatoes by a major government sports survey.

Despite receiving extra cash to promote sport in the run-up to the Olympic Games, only 12.6 per cent of people over 16 get 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

The Active People survey, carried out every three months by Sport England, showed that there had been no change in sports participation in the area since 2007.

In recent months, sports charities such as Access Sport and Fight for Peace have received �80,000 and �150,000 respectively and �30,000 each was donated to Star Park, Star Lane, Canning Town and West Ham Park to build multi-use games areas.

Across London, mayor Boris Johnson has invested a total of �5.4 million, allocated by the Olympic Sports Legacy Programme, to promote an active, healthy lifestyle.

Sport England’s chief executive, Jenny Price, said that “a number of major sports have yet to deliver, despite significant levels of investment.

“They now urgently need to demonstrate their ability to grow participation in their sport and prove they can make a significant contribution to sport at grassroots level.”