Strategic Networks and Partnerships

We work with a wide range of partners across the county and provide opportunities for you to engage and network with these on a regular basis.

Key Networks

Our key networks which are accessible to you include:

Sport Development Forums, Sport and physical Activity Alliances, Chief Leisure Officers Group, College Sport Makers, Heads of Sport across HE & FE, Head Teachers Alliance, School Games Organisers, Exercise Referral Leads, Leisure Providers. We also have good links with education establishments from primary to higher education. 

Where appropriate we can help to facilitate you coming together with some or all of these networks. 

Example: England Handball Relationship

We have been working closely with England Handball in 2015 to look at ways of establishing the sport in the county. Through local insight we recognised that there have been some small pockets of Handball activity but there has not been anything structured for a long time. Through our Insight we identified 3 areas for Handball development (West Lancashire, East Lancashire and Lancaster). With this information we engaged local strategic partners with the NGB to develop an action plan to develop the sport through the schools network initially but then to set up community exit routes to help the transition from school sport. The group identified the need for a lead person to be able to coordinate the Handball developments in the county and 3 partners agreed to put forward resource to secure a development officer for the area. The development officer, employed by England Handball will be responsible for the development of the sport as well as some delivery to help kick start activity and engage new young people into the sport. The Officer will have additional support from Active Lancashire with our Insight and Research Officer, our project staff (supporting with programmes such as Satellite Clubs and Sportivate) and our Coach Development Manager who will be establishing a Handball Academy for young coaches and volunteers. The Coach development Manager will also be supporting the coaching workforce within schools and the community.

Example: Move More Sport Sessions

This draft evaluative report is based upon a joint working project aimed at providing individuals diagnosed with breast cancer with opportunities to try out different sports and become more physically active. Key partners involved in this venture include; Macmillan Cancer support ‘Move More’ Project, Active Lancashire, the Angling Trust, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), England Golf and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). In particular, the evaluation sets out to reveal; the positive impacts that specific sports sessions can have upon breast cancer patients at various stages of their illness with regards to physical and emotional well-being.

Example: Wheelchair Basketball

As a county Lancashire already had two wheelchair basketball teams, the Lancaster Bulldogs in the north and the Lancashire Bombers in the central area, but there was a clear gap in provision in the east of the county that the CSP and NGB had identified. The Blackburn Youth Zone is an organisation that we have worked with on a number of projects and in discussions with their Inclusion Officer it became clear that there was a demand for wheelchair sports and a potential opportunity to develop a club. We connected the Youth Zone with the Lancashire bombers, who helped deliver two taster afternoons. The afternoons proved extremely successful with 80 young people attending the first one and 60 the second one. The taster afternoons illustrated that there was a clear demand and so we developed an action plan with the Youth Zone to try to develop a wheelchair sports club for young people at the Youth Zone.

The biggest obstacle to the development of a club was the expense of the sports wheelchairs and so we helped the Youth Zone write a small grants bid to obtain the chairs and this was successful. In order to make the club sustainable we provided bursaries for three members of the youth zone staff to attend their level 1 and 2 wheelchair basketball qualifications and we worked with the NGB to ensure they could take the level 2 qualification in a shorter time frame than is normally allowed. To provide additional support to the club, while it gets established and the staff gain experience we have connected the Youth Zone with Leyland Warriors Wheelchair Rugby League team in addition to the Lancashire Bombers. Both of these clubs will provide support with sessions in order to help develop wheelchair skills and prepare young people for participating in wheelchair basketball.

The development of the club means young disabled and non-disabled people will have the opportunity to participate together on a level playing field. Over the next year the club expects to engage 250 people, with 100 of those being disabled. Developing the club meets the CSP objectives of engaging young people and engaging people with disabilities, the Youth Zone objective of getting more of their young people participating together and the NGB objectives of developing clubs and more participants from BME groups. As part of the project the Youth Zone has agreed to help with a number of outreach events during the year to raise the profile of disabled people participating in sport and support the wider theme of getting more disabled people active in the county.

Database of contacts

We have a database of contacts for all of the groups mentioned above and can help you to access these networks.  

Invite to Countywide networking events

Throughout the year we hold a range of networking events which you will be invited to. These include our annual NGB engagement day, club and coach workshops, and partnership days. 

These are a chance for you to come along and make new contacts, catch up with old ones and hear what great work is going on in the partnership. 

This year, NGB partners invited to engage with health partners through the Moving More Living More conference that we were heavily involved in organising.

Meet the Team

Come along to the Lancashire Sport offices and meet the team. Spend the day with us and speak to us in more detail about your work, our work and how we can work together to achieve our aims. 

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