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What are County Sports Partnerships?
County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) are networks of local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity. Partners include National Governing Bodies of Sport and their clubs, school sport partnerships, local authorities, sport and leisure facilities, primary care
trusts and many other sport and non-sporting organisations. CSPs are led by a strategic board supported by a central team of professional staff who provide leadership, co-ordination and structures which allow people and organisations to work more effectively together at a sub-regional level.
County Sports Partnerships share the following Characteristics:
Leadership & Innovation
Identify needs, barriers and blockages and adopt a participant centred, independent and constructive disposition in order to broker progress, find new ways of working and creative solutions to challenging and complex issues.
Strategic Planning & Co-ordination
Interpret and shape national, regional and local policy to best fit future community needs, and co-ordinate delivery to avoid duplication and ensure alignment and optimum use of existing and potential resources.
Partnership Development & Connectivity
Take a holistic outlook acting as a first point of contact for the sector, connecting multiple agendas, brokering & facilitating partnership working and making the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
Invest in, and value people, building capacity and skills, supporting and adding value to the work of many organisations in the sector.
Excellence & Continuous Improvement
Committed to achieving quality standards through continuous improvement and excellence in order to demonstrate impact and help create a World Leading Community Sport System.
Build the profile of sport and physical activity, increasing recognition of the power of sport, representing and advocating on behalf of others in the sector.
Safeguarding & Equity
Committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all young people and vulnerable adults and to increasing participation amongst underrepresented and disengaged groups, in line with guidelines within the Equality Standard for Sport and the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Safeguarding Standards.
CSPs making an impact across the sporting landscape
County Sports Partnerships work across the sporting landscape, actively supporting partners to increase participation in sport and physical activity. CSPs are contracted by Sport England to provide a set of core services to underpin the local delivery of National Governing Body (NGB) Whole Sport Plans and support the achievement of NGB and Sport England targets.
CSPs help connect NGBs to the local area and local partners; support NGBs with the development of clubs, coaches and volunteers; help attract external investment and support the development of facilities.
"Sport England sees CSPs as an important national network and will contract them to provide a consistent service to NGBs."
Jennie Price, Chief Executive, Sport England.
CSPs are uniquely positioned to boost delivery of wider physical activity alongside sport and help the Health sector to utilise sport and physical activity more effectively to increase health and well being. They are recognised by the Department of Health as a key network to co-ordinate local physical activity programmes link with local health agencies and commissioners.
This work includes other recreational activities such as walking, cycling and dance and involves CSPs ensuring a joined-up approach to sport and physical activity at the local level, connecting sport with local and national health agencies, and helping to demonstrate the value of investing in physical activity to achieve health outcomes.
CSPs also contribute significantly to PE & Sport for Young People. This includes leading the implementation of the ‘Sportivate’ programme, helping to deliver the SchoolGames across the country and working closely with the Youth Sport Trust and schools networks locally to support school sport mostly including workforce training, education and networking.
The CSP Network is a powerful delivery mechanism that has the potential to be used to deliver a wide range of sporting, economic and social outcomes and will collaborate with other national agencies to achieve this.
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