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Local delivery

We help local places and partners to develop sport and physical activity in their area, as well as trying to learn more about the location-specific barriers and inequalities people face when trying to get active.

In our strategy – Towards an Active Nation – we set out a vision for what we wanted to achieve from investing in a range of local delivery pilots (LDPs).

We took as our starting point that every individual doesn’t live in a vacuum. They are connected to a place and its community, each with its own unique structure, relationships and geography.

Through the pilots, we wanted to understand how we can use those local identities and structures to deliver sustainable increases in activity levels across the country.

We wanted to test whether taking a behaviour change approach in a place could really unlock something groundbreaking for the whole country, and find solutions that are genuinely sustainable for this new reality.

Selecting the pilots

In December 2017 we announced the 12 selected locations. This was the culmination of a year of intense work where we discussed with many communities and organisations across the country what we were seeking to do and if they could help us.

After a series of workshops, engaging more than 700 people, we invited applications from which the 12 pilots were chosen. 

The starting point for some pilots is entire counties or local authority areas; others are very clear about focusing on specific locations or groups of people within such areas.

Some reflect the reality of inner city living, some are coastal communities and some are predominately rural. We feel all of this diversity is a real strength to what we can learn from our LDPs.

The final 12 are: Birmingham and Solihull, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Essex, Exeter and Cranbrook, Greater Manchester, Hackney, Pennine Lancashire, Southall, South Tees and Withernsea.

Getting the pilots started

Once the pilots were selected we faced a big challenge, as this was largely uncharted territory for us and all those involved in the pilots – we had never done anything like this before.

We all pledged to do things differently and avoid defaulting to the norm. Working collaboratively with the pilots to understand their needs and for them to understand how we could change our approach was critical – having the critical support of expert partners was also essential.


Hearing from the pilots

During the second year of the pilots we published updates from all 12 in the form of pen portraits – these can be read below.

Birmingham and Solihull

A group of women do an exercise class in a village hall

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