In collaboration with Go Fit and ukactive, AWRC researchers also explored Covid cases in fitness and leisure facilities and the importance of physical activity in Covid recovery, and early in the pandemic worked with Sport England on health hygiene messaging within sports facilities.
Researchers from the AWRC and ukactive have also embarked on a three-year project to focus on how physical activity can support Covid-19 rehabilitation to inform Government decisions.
And after seeing the immense community response to the pandemic, researchers at the AWRC have highlighted the impact on community organisations, small charities and the voluntary sector. One such project explored how neighbourhood organisations supported older people during the pandemic. These projects will look on to inform national policy related to the third sector in the future.
These projects only just scratch the surface of how the AWRC is working to support people and organisations across the country during the pandemic and it will continue to be a critical asset as the UK deals with the long-term impact of Covid-19, as well as the more immediate challenges.
Despite the uncertainties and unexpected challenges of 2020, the AWRC has had a truly meaningful impact on health and wellbeing outcomes in its first 12 months and has big plans for 2021.
Looking ahead, projects already include an exciting pipeline of research in cancer prehabilitation (watch this space); a Leading Through Health and Wellbeing training programme for businesses; expanding the portfolio of Wellbeing Accelerator start-ups; and continuing to support the Covid-19 recovery effort locally and nationally.
These projects – and many more – place the AWRC at the heart of the agenda to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation through research in to physical activity, whilst maintaining its absolute commitment to place and impact within its local community in Darnall, Sheffield.