Meeting the needs of commissioners

With a backdrop of tight finances, local authorities are taking a commissioning approach to meet the needs of their communities

Over the last year, we've been working with the Chief Cultural and Leisure Officer's Association (CCLOA) and eight councils to support local authority sport and leisure professionals. Our aim is to help these people engage better with commissioners and commissioning professionals.

We fielded specialist advisors to work with staff in the following areas: Central Bedfordshire; Cornwall; Durham; Hertfordshire; Lambeth; Oldham; Stoke-on-Trent and West Oxfordshire.

Sharing expertise

Over the past few months we've been keen to share our findings. This new animated film brings to life our work, showing exactly what steps a professional can take to meet the needs of commissioners.

You can watch the animation, Commissioning: Mission Possible, below.

The sector needs to move from being simply a provider of sport and physical activity to playing a strategic role within the commissioning process

Knowledge is power

We're keen to give professionals a firm grasp of the commissioning process. Not only that, as a result of the project, commissioners are also better equipped to understand how sport and activity can help deliver better services for local people.

We also hope that our films help you appraise your current service so that improvements might be made alongside other potential partners.

As commissioning becomes more mainstream, the sector needs to move from being simply a provider of sport and physical activity to playing a strategic role within the commissioning process.

Watch the short animated film above to gain an understanding of the project together with short videos telling the story from the people involved. More details on the key learning points and messages for the sector can be found inthe summary paper below. 

More resources

We also provide a range of support and resources to show how sport and physical activity can improve health. Follow the links in the sidebar for more information, including our MOVES tool, which will help you demonstrate the economic benefits of improved health through taking part in sport and physical activity.