Each project will need to decide which are the most significant and where the project is most likely to make a contribution.
Community sports groups and local authorities have many reasons for considering asset transfer of sports facilities. Some of the reasons may be practical – financial, legal and organisational. However, some of the reasons may be more strategic and it is helpful to understand some of the strategic drivers, as these can help to make the case for the asset transfer to politicians, funders and members and affect the likely success.
Some strategy comes from national government policy and legislation. Some comes from local government policy, sports governing bodies and funders, or other public sector bodies such as the NHS. Making sure the project is a good ‘fit’ with some of this policy and strategy is a good indicator of likely success, especially if it comes down to a choice between two organisations or another option for the facilities or site you are looking at transferring.
Ultimately, a Community Asset Transfer at ‘less than best consideration’ needs to be justifiable by the local authority and needs to make a contribution to national and local government objectives that aim to maximise public benefit from state resources. This is ever more important as budgets and resources shrink.
Things to consider
Refer to Public Policy Overview for more information on each of these policy areas.