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A new app to help you get moving
Finding the correct information at your fingertips can be one of main barriers to getting active. Much of the information about who, what, where and when is currently hidden away on old-fashioned websites, social media groups, PDFs or printed flyers.
But over the next year, Sport England will be working with the Open Data Institute (ODI) and the rest of the sports sector to make booking dance classes, finding tennis courts and taking part in physical activity sessions easier than ever.
Sport England will be looking to improve and open up all the information about the physical activity and sporting opportunities available across England. One of the best things? This data, which doesn’t include any personal information, will be open for anyone to access, use and share.
Jeni Tennison, chief executive at the ODI said: ‘We all use apps and digital services to make the most of our down time: to find a good local restaurant, book cinema tickets, or to research our next holiday.
"But it can be far more difficult to identify ways of getting more active. One reason is a lack of data to power online services like those we’ve come to expect for other activities.
"Over the coming months the ODI, Sport England and the physical activity community will come together to create new ways to find activities – engaging large and small organisations to publish their data for the first time.”
The new collaboration will encourage innovators and start-ups to develop new products and services by unlocking the fuel that powers them: high quality, comprehensive data on where and when you can do sport and physical activity.