Co-ordinating or commissioning programmes to address local needs
As well as being a great source of enjoyment, sport and physical activity has proven benefits to physical and mental well-being, educational attainment, social cohesion and economic development (sport for social good).
However, 25% of the population aged 16+ do less than 30 minutes a week and only 17.5% of young people meet the recommended guidlines for daily exercise and several demographic groups have activity levels well below the national average (further reading).
The sector, (collaborating with relevant systems), has been challenged to be much bolder in harnessing the potential of physical activity and sport for social good and making a meaningful impact on improving people’s lives.
Transforming lives through sport and physical activity
Making active lifestyles the social norm for everyone
What are Active Partnerships
Our core purpose is to create the conditions for an active nation.
Our core purpose is to create the conditions for an active nation in a sustainable way.
There are 43 Active Partnerships across England who use the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. We collaborate with local partners across all sports, activities, providers, and audiences, focused on the needs of our local communities to create the conditions for an active nation. We focus our efforts on inactive people and under- represented groups who will benefit the most from an active lifestyle.
Active Partnerships are organisations that recognise activity levels are affected by a complex system of influences and no single organisation or programme can create sustainable change at scale. We use a collaborative whole system approach and do that in a sustainable and climate friendly way, to make active lifestyles the social norm for everyone that benefits themselves, their wider community and the planet whilst addressing the worrying levels of inactivity across England.
A unique feature of the Active Partnerships is their independence, working across all sports, activities, providers and audiences, focused on the needs of their local communities.
The Active Partnerships national team, is the networks national charity, that supports, enables and connects the network of Active Partnerships with each other and wider partners across the sector, with the aim of working better together, maximising strengths and resources to drive collective impact.
What We Do
To increase levels of engagement in sport and physical activity, reducing levels of inactivity, tackling stubborn inequalities and using the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives
Sport and physical activity means all forms of physical activity undertaken through casual or organised participation or competition. A unique feature of the Active Partnerships is their independence, working across all sports, activities, providers and audiences, focused on the needs of their local communities.
All our work is underpinned by the following values:
- Collaborative – We are outcome focussed and act with integrity to broker productive relationships.
- Enterprising – We constantly seek out opportunities to benefit the communities we serve and ensure sustainable growth.
- Learning – We value learning to continuously improve and maximise our impact.
- Customer Focus – We focus on the needs of our communities to ensure great experiences.
- Equality – We value diversity and tackle inequalities to engage those with the most to gain.
Active Partnerships have committed to a Network Charter that helps us to work smarter together and strengthens individual and collective quality, value and impact.
Many examples of the impact that we are having can be found here.
Who we work with
The Active Partnerships work with a range of national and local partners to increase engagement in sport and physical activity and create the conditions for an active nation.