Sport England Update – Jan 2016
Help us shape Sport England’s future
Sport England would like your views on how we achieve the goals outlined in the government’s new Sporting Future strategy
As many readers will know, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) published the strategy in December.
Particular importance is placed on promoting sport to people from all backgrounds – be it through taking part in activity, watching live events or volunteering.
And that’s where you come in. As we put our plans in place, we’d like to ask for your expertise in shaping this strategy. You can submit your ideas by completing our online consultation – which is available for just over five weeks.
Access our online strategy consultation here
Methodology of measuring sports participation: Consultation response.
In total, 346 responses to the consultation were received, with the vast majority (98%) supportive of change. There was agreement amongst respondents that, whilst the Active People Survey has been valuable in providing a consistent approach to measuring participation over the past ten years, a new methodology is required in order to reflect changes in technology and communication.
A mixed-mode self-completion design involving online (including smart phone) and paper methods has been chosen as the new survey methodology:
- Participation will be tracked at a population level by demographic group, geography and activity
- The overall sample size will be 198,250 people each year. The minimum annual sample size for each English local authority will be 500, with additional boosting in some local areas
The new survey is called Active Lives and fieldwork began in November 2015. The Active People Survey continuing to run alongside until 30th September 2016.
Flood relief fund expanded to help more communities recover
UPDATE: Sport England has increased its emergency flood relief fund to £400,000 to help people repair sports pitches and facilities destroyed by this winter’s unprecedented rainfall.
The funding is available to clubs, local authorities and other community sports organisations in affected areas to help pay for emergency repairs.
Financial support can be provided in as little as three weeks with the National Lottery funding able to help pay for repairs to damaged facilities such as rugby and cricket pitches, water sports centres, pavilions, changing rooms and floodlights.
The special fund will remain open until 1 February 2016 and those who need to get up and running quickly can request up to £5,000, while those with more extensive damage which will take longer to repair will be invited to apply for the fund.
Visit our Currently under review page to find out how to apply.
Please note: The Football Foundation is making funding available for football specific projects. If you have a football project in need of emergency funding please contact your County FA who will provide further information on how to apply.
Mapping Disability: Latest Sport England research reveals the true picture of disability nationwide
Our report, Mapping Disability: The Facts, offers an in-depth look at the vast range of impairments experienced by people in England. It also includes comprehensive data on disability by categories such as region, gender and age.
The findings will form a crucial part of our work to get more disabled people active.
We already know that disabled people are much less likely to take part in sport or activity than many other groups. That’s why we’re redoubling our efforts to fully understand, and provide for, all impairment groups
Of course, this is purely a starting point for us and our partners and this resource helps us to start to grasp the complex picture of the disability population in England.
Perfect resource for partners This first report is the perfect resource for national governing bodies and other partners, helping us all plan effective programmes by better knowing the audience. It’s the first in a suite of resources that we’re developing over coming months and is designed to be used in conjunction with other insight available.
New website page that features a number of case studies on quality wet and dry facilities around the country
Latest Sport England research reveals the true picture of disability nationwide
Sport England’s latest report offers an in-depth look at the vast range of impairments experienced by people in England. It also includes comprehensive data on disability by categories such as region, gender and age.
Mapping Disability: The Facts is the first in a suite of resources that Sport England are developing over coming months. It’s incredibly useful in its own right but the key is to use this research in conjunction with our other resources and insight around motivations, attitudes and behaviours from ourselves and other partners.