Craven is one of the most active places in England, according to the national Active Lives report from Sport England.
Almost three-quarters (72.5 per cent) of residents over the age of 16 exercise for 150 minutes per week, which is the recommended amount.
That’s the fifth highest percentage in England, with an average of 60.6 per cent.
Just 15 per cent of Craven residents aged over 16 are inactive, which ranks Craven as fourth best in England, with the average standing at 25.6 per cent.
And Craven residents volunteer to support sport and exercise more than anywhere else in the country apart from the Isle of Scilly.
A total of 27 per cent of Craven residents volunteered at least twice in the last year, against an England average of just 14.9 per cent. That means there are more than 10,000 people volunteering in sport and activity in Craven – an amazing amount of dedicated, committed and hard working people.
Councillor Linda Brockbank, Craven District Council’s lead member for Resilient Communities, said: “We know our communities in Craven love to take part in sport and exercise and these statistics show just how much we do, compared with other areas.
“We have been proactive in promoting sport and exercise in Craven, building on the legacy of the Tour de France in Yorkshire with cycling events such as Le Petit Depart, Skipton Cycle Races and the Tour de Yorkshire, and taking over the organisation of Skipton Triathlon.
“But it’s not just cycling that people enjoy here – we have dozens of brilliant local sporting teams and clubs across the district, excellent leisure centres, new skate parks, and a hugely popular parkrun in Aireville Park.
“The number of volunteers who help local clubs to thrive is incredible, and our ward member grants have helped support a wide range of sporting clubs and activities all over the district, from Settle Wheelers to Ingleton Skate Park and Skipton CI Cricket Club.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of any sports club or event and Craven is blessed with a huge range of clubs and events. You can participate in over 60 different sports events across the calendar or join one of the many local community sports clubs in Craven. The diversity of clubs and events is one of the things that makes Craven such a great place to live and work.
“I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Craven is the happiest place in the country as we all know there is a link between physical activity and mental wellbeing.”
The statistics were gathered as part of the Active Lives Adult Survey, carried out for the period from mid-May 2016 to mid-May 2017.