Colchester, Tendring and Basildon are expected to share almost £10million from Sport England to help with heath and wellbeing initiatives to tackle deprivation.

Essex County Council says it expects an announcement to be made which has been described a “once in a generation opportunity” to make a difference.

Approximately 22 per cent of the population in Essex are classified as inactive, at a cost of around £58million to the NHS every year.

The lessons from the Essex Local Delivery Pilot, which will be tested in Basildon, Colchester and Tendring, which together represent 37 per cent of all inactive people in Essex, will be shared across Essex.

Well-being member Ian Davidson said: “We, in Essex, are going to benefit as a whole, we are just the pilot area and it’s how we make sure we industrialise it to take it across the whole of Essex and that seed of money is for the whole of the county.”