Our story so far...

Our story so far...

Posted: Mon, 31 May 2021 08:00

Our story so far...

We Are…25

At the end of April, we kicked off our 25th birthday celebrations by launching the We Are… campaign.

This first phase of our campaign, We Are…Proud, celebrated and acknowledged our staff and their dedication and passionate ambition to inspire Suffolk to be more physically active.

Ahead of the release of our latest impact report, we are preparing to launch the second phase of our 25th birthday celebrations, We Are…Thankful. This phase will tell some of the stories of effective collaboration with some of our key stakeholders, partners, and supporters from over the years. But first, let us tell you more about us!

We were originally known as Suffolk Sport when we formed in 1996 as an Active Sports Partnership networking forum. From there we evolved to a County Sports Partnership and then into an Active Partnership. It wasn't until 2019 that we renamed as Active Suffolk. Throughout this time, we have developed our role and reputation as a key player in shaping the current and future provision of sport and physical activity across the county.

Changing our name and rebranding has been more reflective of the work we now do and better describes our current aims and vision, to improve health and wellbeing across Suffolk by inspiring everyone to be more active. Since the re-brand, Active Suffolk has continued to play a pivotal role in the development and delivery of sport and physical activity across the county. The national network of 43 Active Partnerships across the country has also gone from strength to strength in the last two years, establishing Active Partnerships as key players within the national and local physical activity and sport infra-structure and the newly published Sport England strategy "Uniting the Movement"

Building on our strong relationships with core partners, we have established an impressive track record built around clarity of focus, quality delivery, strong financial control, and the achievement of key outcomes. This has enabled us as a partnership to grow and engage with a large number of organisations, both within and outside the sports sector.

Here are just a few of the highlights from over the years:

  • Between 2013-17 we successfully delivered the national Sportivate programme, engaging over 7,000 young people in sport and physical activity.
  • Suffolk Sport was instrumental in securing external investment into the local infrastructure through supporting a wide-range of project bids. In the year 2016/17 alone, we secured £1.1million!
  • Following a successful launch, our well established and reputable Fit Villages project achieved a national award and has engaged, connected, and provided physical activity for thousands of rural communities across Suffolk.
  • Since it first launched, the Suffolk School Games Festival has seen well over 10,000 young people in Suffolk engage in physical activity.
  • Between 2017-21, we have invested £171,046 into the creation of Satellite Clubs in which 1,385 young people have taken part in.
  • Since its launch in 2019, our children and young people's team have engaged with 29 schools in Suffolk as part of the Active Schools project which aims to embed physical activity into children's lives to increase movement, improve health and tackle the local childhood obesity rates.
  • Circa 2008, we launched the Active Wellbeing Service, where in the last 3 years we have supported up to 600 patients from 8 GP surgeries in Babergh and Mid Suffolk and over 500 patients from the Two Rivers Medical Practice in Ipswich to access physical activity support.
  • We have been committed in supporting Suffolk's ambition to become the Most Active County in England, by supporting major events such as the Tour of Britain, Women's Tour, the Great East Swim and Great East Run.
  • We coordinated, organised and led the workplace games over a number of successful years where we supported well over 1,000 employees from hundreds of organisations across Suffolk to be more active and compete in an annual sports competition.
  • We have facilitated, coordinated, and supported a vast amount of CPD sessions across Suffolk, developed a workforce strategy and are now developing a sector skills plan.
  • We have supported young people in Suffolk to develop new skills and build on their employability skills through our Topleader volunteering programme. So far, 11,224 hours of voluntary hours have been recorded through our ever-developing programme.
  • In the past year we have worked with local organisations within the sector to enable them to get back on their feet following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and support those who have been hardest hit, by distributing £105,000 of the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Funding and supporting clubs & organisations to secure £343,000 of funding from the Community Emergency Fund.

We are due to launch our Impact Report for the year 2020/21 at the beginning of July. If you wish to find out more about our achievements from the last year and read more about our plans going forward, please visit www.activesuffolk.org/we-arethankful where you can submit your email to receive our report as soon as it is live!

If you would like to learn more about Active Suffolk, our plans for the future and how you may be able to collaborate with us, please contact info@activesuffolk.org

Tags: Active Partnerships, Active Suffolk