BURY has been chosen for an intensive year-long sporting experiment to get more women and girls active in sport.

The borough beat off competition from towns across England to secure up to £1.8 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England to test what works in changing the sporting habits of women and girls.

The campaign will be led by Bury Council, working closely with partners across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Sport England will work with partners across community sport to make sure lessons coming out of Bury are put into practice across the country.