Lee Mason

Q. What have been your key successes to date? Over the last 20 years the partnerships have become a significant part of the sport and physical activity landscape across

England. The have delivered high impact programmes, built strong local networks and adopted the highest standards of governance. The individual partnerships have local

programmes developed and delivered in partnership with their local partners, while the network has delivered high profile national initiatives with significant scale and reach. These include: • Creating over 50,000 Sportivate projects – Sport England funded community activities to help over 750,000 inactive and under- represented young people find an activity.

• Organising county School Games festivals to give young people the chance to experience a major multi-sport festival supported by thousands of young volunteer leaders.

• Establishing over 10,000 Satellite Clubs involving over 500,000 young people to aid transition from school to community sport.

• Recruiting, training and deploying over 40,000 Sport Makers as volunteers in the community as a key London 2012 Legacy programme.

• Supporting the creation of over 4,000 volunteer-led Community Games as part of a Cabinet Office funded social action project.

The 43 Active Partnerships cover every part of England 11

• Engaging over 50,000 adults in our Workplace Challenge programme to encourage physical activity in and around the working day.

Q. How have Active Partnerships evolved? The work of the Active Partnerships continues to evolve to respond to changes in the national strategy and local context. From the early work focused on a sport

based programme for young people, in 2005 our remit was broadened to cover all sports and ages. We became known as County Sports

As many Active Partnerships celebrate their 20th anniversaries this year, we talk to the network’s CEO to learn how it is changing to meet current needs.

Partnerships (CSPs) and were tasked with the local delivery of a range of programmes and helping NGBs deliver their plans locally. Following the government strategy Sporting

Future in 2016, the government commissioned an appraisal of the role that County Sports Partnerships could play in its implementation. This confirmed an important role for the partnerships to support the local delivery of the strategy, but also signaled a need for change. Over the last few years we’ve been going through a major change programme in

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