A National Team and Board support, enagage and connect the individual 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.
As a charitable company in receipt of public funds and our role as the representative body for the nationwide network of Active Partnerships, we are committed to leading by example and ensuring the highest standards of governance and transparency.
Along with the 43 individual Active Partnerships, we are committed to maintaining compliance with Level 3 of the Sport England Code for Sports Governance which sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity required from those benefiting from Government and National Lottery funding.
Below are some of our key accountability measures, policies, standards, strategies and action plans.
Our Governance Framework
Active Partnerships is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, no. 7800542 and a registered charity no. 1144600. The individual Active Partnerships are the members of the charity and we are led by a voluntary Board which is openly recruited, drawn from member Active Partnerships and independent members. Our Articles of Association (26 January 2023).
Equality and Diversity
Launched in May 2021 the Active Partnerships Commitment to tackling racism and Inequality aims to galvanise action across the network, working with our partners, communities, staff and Boards, building a long-term commitment to make a sustained and meaningful difference.
Whilst we are small organisations, we recognise the reach and influence we can have through our whole system approach to tackling inactivity and by building anti-racist practice into everything we do. But this requires us to lead by example, recognising our weaknesses, with individual and collective commitment to taking action to become truly inclusive, anti-racist organisations.
A key element of our mission is to tackle the stubborn inequalities that exist within sport and we are committed to encouraging equality and diversity within our workforce, in the partnerships we support and in the delivery of sporting activities and programmes.
We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination including direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation. We recognise our legal obligations and abide by the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
We have achieved and will maintain the Equality Standard for Sport.
We have set a target of ensuring a minimum of 30% of each gender on our Board and will take all appropriate actions to reach and sustain gender parity. We are committed to achieving greater diversity on the board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability.
We are committed to the safety, happiness and wellbeing of all children, regardless of age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religion or sexual orientation. We ensure that robust procedures and understanding of these procedures are in place to fulfil this commitment. Our Safeguarding Children Policy can be downloaded here.
Along with all Active Partnerships, the national team are committed to achieving and sustaining the safeguarding in sport standards set out by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
The primary purpose of our People Plan is to define the relationship between our organisation and our team. We want to make clear the expectations, commitments and planned actions we have for our people, helping everyone have a clear line of sight from the everyday work they do to our overarching strategy ‘Creating Momentum’ (2023-2027).
Mental Health and Sport
Sport and physical activity is proven to be an effective mechanism to promote mental health and wellbeing and has an important role in challenging associated stigma and encouraging more open dialogue about mental health issues. We are a signatory to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.
Finance & Impact Reporting
Minutes are shared below once approved as an accurate record by the board hence the most recent board minutes will not be published.