SASSOT Updates

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

SASSOT Community Sports Awards 2018

We are happy to announce the winners and runners up of the SASSOT Community Sports Awards 2018. Congratulations to everyone and thank you to all applicants!

The winners will now go on to represent Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands Sports Awards on Thursday 6th December 2018.

Read more here

Interim Director Update

As you may be aware, SASSOT is currently caught up in the throes of preparing for “PMIF”.

In a nutshell, PMIF (or the Performance Management and Improvement Framework, to give it its full name) is Sport England’s new way of measuring the effectiveness of individual County Sports Partnerships such as ourselves.  Using Quest, an established improvement tool for the sport and leisure industry, all CSPs are required to self-assess against five tailored modules and will then undergo a rigorous two-day independent assessment.  This will lead to the development of an improvement plan for each CSP, and progress against these plans will be reviewed after twelve months, with a full re-assessment every two years.

Preparation for the assessment is quite an in-depth task, and it would be easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of consensus scores or evidence collation.  However, the SASSOT team and Board have taken a step back and are viewing this as a valuable opportunity to take stock of where we currently are as an organisation, and more importantly what we need to do to get to where we want to be in two years’ time.

One valuable element of the self-assessment process has been consulting with partners old and new to gain their views about how effectively we currently operate, and what more we could do to align our work better with their priorities.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those individuals who have taken the time to support this process through completing the self-assessment form, through contributing to discussions in recent meetings or through taking part in our Partner Satisfaction Survey.  We are still in the process of identifying our improvement priorities and actions, but some common themes are emerging across the self-assessments from the team, Board and partners; for example, there is consensus around us being particularly effective at developing our strategic priorities in collaboration with key partners, and around our understanding of specific places and people.  However, we clearly need to focus some time and energy on ensuring we are better at widely communicating our vision and how we plan to achieve it, and at making sure we can evidence the impact of our work.

Our formal assessment is on 17th and 18th December and we will, of course, share the key outcomes from this with our partners and stakeholders.  In the meantime, if you haven’t been involved in any of our consultation and have any views you would like to express then please don’t hesitate to contact me on

Jane Kracke, Interim Director

Free (T’s and C’s apply) Level 2 Qualification in Sports Leadership

The Level 2 Qualification in  Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead groups of people in sport/activity, under indirect supervision.

The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport within the community. It is a fun and practical qualification with no entrance requirements or final examinations to sit.

Dates: Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November 2018

Time: 9.30-4pm each day

Location: Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent

Cost: FREE! (Terms and Conditions apply and can be found on the booking page)

Age: 16+

To book a place on the course please click here.

Camilla Denham-White, Youth Sport and Events Officer

Satellite Clubs 

SASSOT has recently applied to Sport England for Satellite Clubs Funding that will cover the period from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2021; we will find out if we are successful with our application in December. If successful with our application, we will be looking to sustain existing satellite clubs and support new clubs by inviting local applications early in 2019. Here is an outline of where we will be focusing our resources:

  • Under Represented Groups – We will continue to target females, young people with disabilities and Black and Minority Ethnic Groups aged 14-19 found within the most concentrated areas of deprivation
  • Traditional Satellite Clubs Delivery – We will continue to target young people within secondary schools and FE and HE that are not regularly active
  • Young People with Challenging Behaviours – We will target young people with more challenging behaviours that have been identified through school or who are known to other organisations

We will be in contact with all existing satellite clubs to discuss future opportunities.

Chris Milward, Youth Sport Manager