Fit for the Future, the ground-breaking 10-year strategy for physical activity and sport in Essex, Southend and Thurrock
was launched in July 2021. The strategy provided a rallying call to action for the thousands of organisations and people
across the county.

Active Essex was proud to lead on the creation and publication of Fit for the Future. Click the button below for the Active Environments Implementation plan: 

Implementation Plan

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The Essex Daily Mile Initiative

Essex Pedal Power

RideLondon 2023

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Bike Week Workplace WEBINAR

Bike Week Infrastructure & Planning WEBINAR

Bike Week Funding WEBINAR

Sport England Active Design

Active Design takes a fresh look at the opportunities to encourage and promote sport and physical activity through the design and layout of our built environment to support a step change towards healthier and more active lifestyles.

The Ten Principles of Active Design are identified by drawing from urban design practice and practical examples to promote environments that offer individuals and communities the greatest potential to lead active and healthy lifestyles. Click here to read The Ten Principles

If you’re interested in the Livewell Accreditation scheme which recognises developers in Essex who contribute to the health and wellbeing agenda then click here.


In November, 2023 we held an Active Design webinar alongside several partners and organisations and were lucky enough to have Roy Warren from Sport England speak about the work of Active Design across Essex. If you were unable to attend or would be interested in reading more please see below for the presentation slides.

Active Environments in Essex - Basildon and Colchester
Essex Active Design Presentation - Sport England

Making It Happen – Active Travel

Active Outdoors


Blue Spaces

Utilising Outdoor Spaces

Walking and Rambling in Essex

Walk Leader Training:

Walk Leadership Foundations by the Ramblers is an online course that will give you the skills and knowledge to lead group walks with confidence.

In this interactive course, you’ll hear from experienced walk leaders about what makes a great walk, get tips on how to plan and map your route, learn how to handle some of the scenarios you might face on the day and get tips on how to keep your group safe and happy. Please click the link to book onto the Stride Ramblers Walk Leader training – book on here

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Activity Finder

Discover what physical activity and sport opportunities are available near you.

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