Expanding our place partnerships
In order to focus our investment and resources on the communities that need it most, we’ll significantly increase the number of places across England that we partner with and invest in, building the movement from the ground up by working with organisations and communities to understand the issues and barriers facing people to get active, and working together to develop local solutions.
We’ll draw on everything we’ve learnt, and will continue to learn, from our existing local delivery pilots, work done or led by Active Partnerships, our Together Fund and other place-based work – like our Strategic Facilities Fund and We Are Undefeatable activation areas – as we expand our network of place-based partnerships.
All of this will help us find places where we have a shared vision or purpose, with data and insight helping us to form partnerships with places that have the strongest connections to our big issues and support our fundamental aim of tackling inequalities and using sport and physical activity to level up communities and create a fairer society.
This will be a collaborative and transparent process, with an understanding that each place is different, and will therefore have different needs.
We’ll work with a consortium of partners in each place, supporting the development and practical application of skills, capabilities and collaborations within these networks of people – for example in leadership approaches or innovation and digital skills – and facilitate connections within places, for example connecting talent pathways.
We’ll also channel capital investment into local facilities, community assets and places and spaces to help more people get and be active.
As we take actions together, we’ll find new and better ways of sharing data and insight that’ll help identify opportunities, unearth what does and doesn’t work and why, and build a continuously developing culture of learning and sharing.
These learnings will inform our other work packages, such as our campaigning and our focus on advocacy.
By empowering places and people and arming them with the resources they need, alongside diverse leadership networks that are at the centre of their communities, we can, together, make sustainable change happen.