Chair’s foreword 1
Progress and achievements 4
Case studies 12
Governance and accounts 27
Priorities for 2009/2010 28
The majority of the photographs contained in this publication have been taken at sporting and physical activity events within Cumbria
The Partnership has now been I would draw your attention
given a clear focus for its work to the many case studies
over the next period, linked to contained in this report, which
Sport England’s new strategy as highlight the effective partnership
well as the emerging delivery working that is already taking
framework from the Department place within the county. I hope
of Health, both of which place you enjoy reading these as much
the Cumbria Sport Partnership as I did. If you have examples of
at the heart of developing the good practice case studies that
sporting infrastructure and the are happening in your part of
physical activity agenda across Cumbria then I would be only
the sub region. too pleased to hear about them.
What is clear is that the The structure of the Partnership
dedicated core team of Officers Executive Board has recently
who service the Partnership undergone a major change, and
cannot fulfil all of these outcomes we are now welcoming a number
Cathy Wynne on their own; indeed the
strength of the Cumbria Sport
of new representatives onto the
Board; I am looking forward to
Partnership over many years has working with each of them over
As I start my first year as Chair been the very effective working the coming months and years.
of the Cumbria Sport Executive relationships that have been I would also like to take this
Board, it gives me great pleasure created and maintained between opportunity to thank all previous
to provide this foreword for the the many organisations involved Board members for their hard
Annual Report for 2008-09. in the sport and physical activity work, passion and commitment
agendas. I feel sure that these to the Partnership over previous
This has certainly been a year relationships will only become years.
of successes all round for the more effective as we strive to
Partnership, both in terms continually improve the levels Finally, I would like to thank all
of some of the excellent of service we provide to the of our Partners, who have been
developments that have been people of Cumbria. so dedicated, enthusiastic and
made across the traditional supportive over the last year; and
sporting platforms of clubs, to Eddie and all the staff in the
coaching and volunteering; but ...the strength core team for their continued
there have also been great strides of the Cumbria hard work and commitment.
made in the development of
partnerships and interventions
around the health and physical over many years
activity agendas. All of this work has been the very
and more will be an on-going
priority for the Partnership as
effective working Cathy Wynne
we move forward into the next relationships that Chair of Cumbria Sport
exciting phase of delivery. have been created... Executive Board
Sport England’s vision for These were to:
a World Class Community • Increase participation in
Sports System across all sport and physical activity
sub-regions by 2012. in Cumbria by 1% each year
• Attract additional total
Therefore, during the latter investment of £5 million
part of this review period it into Cumbria during the
was timely that the Cumbria three year period
Sport Partnership together
with the Core Team of Results from the Active People
Officers were honoured by 1 Survey provided Cumbria
Cumbria County Council, the with its first baseline for adult
Partnership’s host authority, participation rates, which
at their ‘Excellence Awards showed that a total of 20.9%
2008’ Presentation Evening of the adult population were
held in January. The Partnership taking part in 3 x 30 minutes
Eddie Edge was awarded 3rd place in the
‘Together We Can’ partnership
of moderate intensity sport
and physical activity per week.
working category and also 1st This figure continues to rise,
I am delighted to present place in the ‘Team of the Year’ and interim results recently
to you the annual report category. I would personally released from Sport England
for the year 2008–2009. like to say a huge thank you to show that this figure had risen
everyone associated with the to 22.7%, an increase of 1.8%
During the past year significant Partnership, in contributing so far. Further results from the
changes have been made to the progress that has current Active People 3 survey
with regard to the way Sport undoubtedly been made will be used to measure the
England will be operating across the County during final position against this target,
during the next 4 year period; the last 12 month period. and these will be released later
centralising the investment in the year.
and grants system, streamlining 2009 sees the Partnership
the Officer structure in the celebrating 10 years of working With regard to attracting
region, as well as changes together and we are planning investment into the County
to the remit of the regional to celebrate this milestone during the period, the
office will affect the with an event sometime over Partnership has been involved
engagement that Sport the summer period. in developing many exciting
England has with all county wide and localised
organisations in the future. It is worth noting that when projects. This has led to
At the same time however, we published our first ever increased investment of over
the Department for Culture, Strategy for Sport and £8.8 million coming into the
Media and Sport (DCMS) Physical Activity for Cumbria, County.
and Sport England have which was launched with our
reaffirmed their commitment partners in 2006, covering the The strong network of
to the role that County three year period to March county sports partnerships
Sports Partnerships play in 2009, we set ourselves some across the country continue
coordinating the delivery of challenging targets. to work tirelessly on behalf
of both sport and physical that the Core Team, supported The Core Team of Officers
activity; this has led to the by the Executive Board, will continue to provide excellent
Central Government Cross be focusing on over the next support to the Partnership, and
Departmental Group for 12 months. I hope you enjoy I must give full praise to them
Physical Activity commissioning reading these. for their commitment, passion,
county sports partnerships to drive and continued enthusiasm
undertake specific functions to We now have in place a new to develop sport and physical
support the development of Executive Board which has activity across the county.
physical activity in each of the the responsibility of leading
sub-regions of the country. We and providing a clear focus for On a personal note, I am really
in Cumbria look forward to the work of the Partnership. looking forward to the next
becoming increasingly involved Membership of the Board 12 months working with you
in this exciting piece of work is made up from influential all and I do hope you enjoy
during 2009 and beyond. representatives from a wide reading the annual report for
range of sectors which all have 2008 – 2009.
The case studies contained an interest in developing sport
within this report will ‘bring and physical activity across
to life’ some of the real Cumbria. I look forward to
developments that have taken working with the new Board to
place across Cumbria over the help raise the profile of sport Eddie Edge
past year and there is also an and physical activity across Partnership Director
indication of the priority areas Cumbria in the run up to 2012.
Progress and achievements
Developing national • Sport Unlimited in • Working towards the
standards and initiatives Cumbria showcased in a Preliminary Level of the
• Submission of Advanced key note presentation at Equality Standard for Sport.
Level NSPCC Child Sport England’s ‘Building • Cumbria Sport Partnership
Protection in Sport Unit Partnerships that deliver’ part of the Cumbria-
Standards for Safeguarding National Conference in wide Culture and Sport
and Protecting Children London in March 2009. Improvement Network
and Young People in Sport • Cumbria Sport Partnership alongside the 6 local
– decision pending. contracted in 2009 by the authorities and Cumbria
• Year 1 of the Sport Unlimited Department of Health to County Council.
programme rolled out across support the implementation • The County Sport
the county, working with 18 of the National Physical Partnership plays a key role in
co-ordinating bodies. 199 Activity Plan ‘Be Active, the development of sporting
blocks of activity sessions Be Healthy’. facilities at new Academies
have been delivered with • Publication of the Cumbria across the county as well as
4054 young people attending. PE and Sport Strategic being integral in the planning
77% of attendees were Framework 2009-2011, of sports facilities on school
present for more than 60% which aligns the various sites as part of the Building
of sessions. workstrands of the national Schools for the Future (BSF)
• Sport Unlimited Year 2 PE and Sport Strategy for programme.
Cumbria Delivery Plan Young People (PESSYP). • Cumbria Sport Partnership
presentation at Sport This publication has been Core Team named ‘Team of
Unlimited National Review recognised nationally as an the Year’ at Cumbria County
Panel in London in February exemplar framework and Council’s Excellence Awards
2009. has been adapted by many 2008.
county sports partnerships
across the country.
Developing the delivery • Four ‘5 Hour Offer’ themed • 85 clubs have obtained
system for community groups have been established Clubmark accreditation with
sport engaging a diverse range of an additional 78 actively
• Cumbria National Governing traditional and non-traditional working towards. These
Body of Sport (NGB) partners in sport to develop figures do not include football
Forum continues to develop action plans to support key clubs who have Charter
and is now a regular date objectives of the PE and Standard status.
in the diary. The average Sport Strategy for Young • Cumbria Sport Partnership
attendance at the Forum is People (PESSYP). is in the process of
16 attendees including local, • The Cumbria Disability establishing a countywide
regional and national officers. Sports Association continues Club Database.
• 22 sport and physical to develop and co-ordinate Approximately 1000
activity related projects the planning of sports clubs have been given the
have been created by a provision for disabled people opportunity to be part of
range of local partners in Cumbria. the project and the initial
under the development of 6 • Established the West response from the clubs has
Sport and Physical Activity Cumbria Disability Sport and been extremely encouraging.
Alliance (SPAA) Delivery Leisure Forum which includes • 46 courses and workshops
Plans. The projects have representation from a wide have been established within
been collectively awarded range of interest groups. the new Sports Workforce
£1,070,279 of Sports Lottery • Co-ordinated six Children’s Education Programme
funding to realise projects Able and Disabled Sport (SWEP) to develop clubs
totalling £3,698,295. (CADS) Locality Meetings and those working in clubs
to initiate the development in Cumbria. These will be
of Inclusive Holiday Sports rolled out during 2009.
Provision in Cumbria. • A further 3 Multi-Sports
Clubs for young people
Developing sports clubs with disabilities have been
• Cumbria Sport Partnership established in the county,
successfully gained a bring the total number of
licence to award Clubmark Clubs to eight.
Accreditation to clubs who • The Cumbria Sport
are affiliated to a National Partnership have supported
Governing Body who do not the development of five
have a licence themselves. Disability Sport Specific
• An additional 12 people have Community Sports Clubs
undertaken the Clubmark in the county.
Officers Training bringing
the total number of qualified
officer’s to 28 across the
Progress and achievements
Developing coaching • 15 courses and workshops • 1,620 hours volunteered by
• Ten full time and eight part established with the new young people as part of the
time coaches employed Sports Workforce Education Step into Sport Programme,
through the Community Programme (SWEP) to equating to a contribution of
Sports Coaches Scheme. specifically develop coaches. £21,060 based on an hourly
• 21,086 coaching hours These will be rolled out rate of £13.00.
delivered during 2008-09. during 2009. • Cumbria Sport Partnership
• 62,090 young people have • The ‘Get Qualified’ provides representation
received coaching across programme supported over on the North West
Cumbria during 2008-09. 150 coaches in Cumbria 2012 Legacy Group for
• 28,662 of the young people gaining Level 1, 2 and 3 NGB Volunteering and Skills.
receiving coaching were coaching qualifications. • 1,200 pre-loaded USB
female. pen drives distributed to
• 1,686 of the young people Developing volunteering Community Sports Clubs
receiving coaching had a • 24 courses and workshops across the county to support
disability. established with the new their volunteers.
• School Sport Coaches Sports Workforce Education • Strong membership secured
Programme developed within Programme (SWEP) for the 5 Hour Offer
each of the six School Sport to specifically develop Leadership and Volunteering
Partnerships, developing a volunteers at all levels within Themed Group, which is
team of specialist coaches Cumbria based sports clubs. chaired by a Cumbria Sport
providing enhanced These will be rolled out Partnership Officer.
coaching opportunities for during 2009. • Sport as a sector and the
higher performing children • Five club and volunteer Cumbria Sport Partnership
and young people. This evenings held across Cumbria as a network of key
programme is supported engaging a variety of clubs deliverers is now firmly
by the Cumbria Sport and providing a strong field embedded within the third
Partnership, which of high quality placements for sector in Cumbria.
co-ordinates the CPD ‘Step into Sport’ volunteers.
programme for the coaches. • In Cumbria, the Step into
• The Barrow-in-Furness area Sport placement success rate
of Cumbria selected to be was 100% against a Sport
part of the initial phase of England Key Performance
the Recruit into Coaching Indicator rate of 70%.
programme, to be rolled out • A total of 187 young people
in 2009. are enrolled on the Step into
Sport Online Passport.
Developing major events • A seminar hosted by Raising the profile of sport
• The first Cumbria Sport Cumbria Sport Partnership and physical activity
Partnership Conference was in March was attended • Cumbria Sport Partnership
held in May 2008, attracting by 54 Local School Sport support and engagement at a
over 100 delegates from a Co-ordinators, Partnership variety of national governing
range of organisations. Development Managers and body of sport and locality
• A successful Cumbria Youth Competition Managers. events, showcasing funding
Games was held in Carlisle • The Cumbria Sport opportunities, programmes
with over 450 young people Partnership contributed and projects for local
attending. towards the development partners.
• 1,350 pupils from 58 schools and delivery of the North • Cumbria Sport Partnership
took part in 3 ACE Dance West Women’s Sport A-Z of Services publication
Festivals watched by over and Fitness Foundation produced to showcase the
2,500 people. Conference which took work of the Core Team but
• The Cumbria Sports Awards place in March 2009. also the many other work
were held in November areas of the partnership.
2008, with over 270 invited • Co-ordinated the Cumbria
guests, sporting stars and Inclusive Sport, Fitness and
dignitaries attending. Physical Activity Awareness
Day in September 2008.
• Promoted disability sport
and events via a quarterly
4Us Newsletter which is
distributed to children and
young people with disabilities
or special educational needs
• 101,310 page views of
increase of almost 32,000
on the previous year.
• 27,382 visits to
increase of over 14,500
on the previous year.
• Active Cumbria monthly
supplements continue to be
produced with all county
newspapers gaining coverage
in to 80% of all Cumbrian
• 4 Cumbria Sport e-zines
produced with an increased
circulation to over 1300
Progress and achievements
Developing performance Developing education, • The Get Qualified
management for sport training and leadership Programme, to support
• Results from the Active for sport subsidised training for
People 2 Survey show that • A countywide Sports coaching, operated by the
in Cumbria: Workforce Education University of Cumbria has
o 22.7% of the 16+ Programme has been supported 157 coaches with
population participate established and will be their NGB Level 1, 2 and
in three x 30 minutes delivered in 2009 with a 3 coaching qualifications,
of moderate intensity wide variety of courses to delivering over 3,400
exercise each week, which attend across the county voluntary hours of coaching
is a rise of 1.8% when throughout the year. 3,500 and attracting over 2,000
compared to the results copies of the brochure have new participants to sport.
from the first Active been distributed throughout • In October 2008 funding
People Survey (AP1). the county and an up-to- was secured to develop a
o 5.6% of the 16+ date version of the brochure 3 year ‘Supporting Sport’
population volunteer in is available to view and programme to assist
sport for 1 hour per week download on the Cumbria Cumbria based sports’
(down 0.1% from AP1). Sport website. organisations identify
o 22.8% of the 16+ • Research in partnership with and meet their training,
population are members West Lakes Renaissance and governance and skills needs,
of a sports club (down Cumbria County Council enhance professionalism
0.3% from AP1). has been undertaken to through increasing Clubmark
o 15.4% of the 16+ assess the skills needs Accreditation and to broker
population have received and gaps of sports 300 training opportunities
tuition from a coach or employees and develop a by September 2011. Cumbria
instructor in the last 12 model for a ‘Pathways to Sport Partnership developed
months (up 0.1% from Employment’ programme a strong partnership with
AP1). targeting worklessness. Cumbria Youth Alliance, who
o 15.1% of the 16+ The programme will be lead on this programme.
population have taken part developed further through To date, 65 clubs have been
in organised competitive the Sports Economy supported in identifying
sport in the last 12 months Programme with Cumbria needs, with
(down 0.5% from AP1). County Council.
o 70.0% of the 16+
population are satisfied
with their local sports
provision (down 1.6%
86 learning opportunities Supporting school sport • Played a key role in the
being supported. In • 90% of pupils in Cumbria delivery of 16 Sport Events
partnership with Lancashire receive two hours of high for children and young
Sport, a template to assess quality Physical Education people with Disabilities and
Organisation and Training in and out of school per Special Educational Needs
Needs has been developed week, which is 5% above in Cumbria.
on a North West regional the 2008 national target. • Supported School Sport
basis to assist clubs in • Publication of the Cumbria Partnership’s with the
identifying needs. PE and Sport Strategic development of the
• In February 2009, funding Framework 2009-2011, Playground to Podium
was secured to develop which aligns the various Programme.
an 18 month programme work strands of the national • Supported two schools to
to enhance links between PE and Sport Strategy for establish after school boccia
Higher Education students at Young People (PESSYP). and wheelchair football
the University of Cumbria, This publication has been clubs for young people with
with community sports recognised nationally as an disabilities in the Carlisle area.
clubs. This aims to increase exemplar framework and has
local volunteering and also been adopted by many other
ensure full time University of County Sport Partnerships
Cumbria students have the across the network.
appropriate skills to enhance
their future employability
within the Sport Sector.
• 27 Continuous Professional
Development courses for
PE teachers held with 314
• The County Sport
Partnership co-ordinated five
Disability Sports Courses
which were attended by a
total of 83 delegates.
Progress and achievements
Building the capacity o Tender for European Social • Strategic links have been
of the sports sector Funding to enhance and enhanced with the National
• A Cumbria Sport Workforce extend the ‘Get Qualified’ Skills Academy (NSA) for the
Business Operational Plan programme to cover the north west with Cumbria
2008-2012 with associated North West region and Sport Partnership having
action plan and key support approximately representation on both the
performance indicators a further 800 coaches in Regional Operation Group
(KPIs) has been developed. National Governing Body (ROG) for Sport and Active
• The creation of four new Level 2 and 3 qualifications Leisure and also the ROG for
sport workforce related across the north west the North West Outdoor
jobs, employed through both region, with approximately Sport sector. The University
Cumbria Youth Alliance and 160 additional qualifications of Cumbria is also recognised
the University of Cumbria. in Cumbria. as the Centre of Excellence
• Strategic links have been o Recruit an 18 month for the Outdoor Sector.
developed between Cumbria 0.5fte post commencing • A regional workforce
Sport Partnership and the February 2009 to support development group has
University of Cumbria to: higher education students been established across
o Recruit a Sport Workforce access vocational training the north west to ensure
Development Manager for and community sport good practice is replicated
a four year period from volunteering opportunities and that there is a more
June 2008 to lead on the across the campuses of cohesive and co-ordinated
development of projects Carlisle, Penrith, Ambleside regional approach with
to address skills gaps and and Lancaster. development, for example:
skills shortages in the sport • Strategic links have been seeking to expand the ‘Get
workforce. developed between Cumbria Qualified’ programme across
o Assist in the development Sport Partnership and the north west and the roll
of the North West Cumbria Youth Alliance, out of a regional template to
Regional Hub of the being a third sector assess needs within sports
National Skills Academy organisation, to: clubs; development of joint
(Sport and Active Leisure), o Recruit a Supporting Sport programmes with Lancashire
with the university Officer for a three year Sport e.g. ‘Get Qualified’ and
positioning itself as the period from October ‘Supporting Clubs through
Centre of Excellence for 2008, hosted by Cumbria Developing People’.
the outdoor sport sector. Youth Alliance to support • 12 full time and 9 part
o Deliver the ‘Get Qualified’ the organisational and time positions in sport and
programme across training needs sports clubs physical activity have been
Cumbria and Lancashire to across Cumbria. created as a result of the
support coach education o Assist in supporting the development of a wide range
and training, including development of a sport of projects by Sport and
support for 590 National club infrastructure. Physical Activity Alliances
Governing Body Level 1, 2 (SPAAs) across the county.
and 3 qualifications.
Securing investment • A further bid in excess • £169,200 from Sport
in sport of £350,000 has been England to deliver the
• Additional resources submitted to the Learning Sport Unlimited Year 1
secured for development and Skills Council for (April 2008-March 2009)
of programmes (over the European Social Funding to Delivery Plan.
period 2008 – 2012) to support L2 and L3 National • £129,000 per annum to
increase capacity within the Governing Body qualifications support the delivery of
sporting infrastructure and/ across North West England, the School Sport Coaches
or to support qualifications led by the University of programme in the six School
in the sport workforce Cumbria on behalf of a Sport Partnerships.
amount to £465,263, these regional consortia. • £8,500 of business
are as follows: • £174,508 from Sport England sponsorship towards the
o Skills gaps research and a further £167,000 operating costs of the
funding from West Lakes from local funding partners Cumbria Youth Games.
Renaissance £32,000, and to continue the work of 18 • £6,400 of business
Sport England £7,500. Community Sports Coaches sponsorship towards the
o Cumbria Sport Workforce during the year, with a total delivery of the Cumbria
Development programme project cost of £1,777,953 Sports Awards Presentation
has attracted £140,000 over 2 phases and 4 years. Evening.
from Sport England • £1,070,279 of Sports Lottery • £12,500 of business
and £92,000 from the funding awarded to realise 22 sponsorship towards the
University of Cumbria. Sport and Physical Activity operating costs of the ‘Active
o Sport Volunteer project Alliance (SPAA) projects Cumbria’ media campaign.
facilitated through the totalling £3,698,295.
University of Cumbria
has been successful in
obtaining £21,353 from
Sport England, together
with a further £47,213
from various other funding
o Supporting Sport project
led by Cumbria Youth
Alliance £97,197 Sport
England, £28,000 from
various other funding
5 Hour Offer Case Study
Project leaders Supporting the national ‘5 Hour summer of 2008. The Agreement
Countywide Project led by Offer’ target of 1.25 million includes NI 57 as one of the 35
Cumbria Sport Partnership children and young people designated priority indicators,
in conjunction with a wide taking up the offer, Cumbria is representing the only area in the
range of delivery partners. seeking to achieve a take up of NW to do so.
65% of all children and young
Project overview people aged 5-19 years over a Within the Cumbria Framework,
In the run up to the London 2012 three year period. This increased four strategic themes have
Olympic and Paralympic Games, participation represents a year been developed to support the
the Government has a vision on year growth total of 16,225 successful delivery of the ‘5 Hour
to make sport a part of every across the county by 2011. Offer’ across the county. These
child’s day and to build a greater themes being:
sporting, and fitter nation. Who was involved?
To contribute and achieve • High Quality PE
In July 2007 the Government the outcomes of the 5 Hour • High Quality Community Sport
announced an additional £100m Offer, it is essential that the • High Quality Leadership &
campaign to give every child the ten workstrands of PESSYP Volunteering
opportunity to participate in are planned in an inclusive and • High Quality Pathways
five hours of sport every week. co-ordinated manner. New
This announcement presented a partnerships will need to be built, What next?
huge opportunity to build upon existing ones strengthened and These themes form the focus of
the current trend of increasing experts empowered. the County Strategic Framework
participation in school sport and a group comprising of local
around the delivery of two hours There are key roles and network and sector ‘champions’
High Quality Physical Education, responsibilities for the have been formed for each
and the drive towards developing infrastructure of schools, specialist theme. The themed groups were
a World Leading Community sport colleges, school sport all established in 2008 working to
Sport System. partnerships, national governing specific terms of reference and
bodies of sport, county sports are presently preparing action
Aims and objectives partnership, local authority plans detailing a set of priority
The Government’s overarching sports development and other objectives which will support
aim is to ensure that all 5-16 year community providers to ensure the achievement of the Cumbria
olds have access to two hours that all 5-19 year olds have the Framework outcomes.
high quality PE in curriculum time opportunity to access a quality
and three hours of sport beyond diverse sporting offer.
the curriculum and that 16-19
year olds have three hours of What was achieved? Contact
sport outside of the curriculum. In 2008, a PE and Sport Strategic Bruce Lawson
Collectively this is referred to as Framework for Cumbria was Development Manager
the ‘5 Hour Offer’. developed by partners to meet (Sporting Infrastructure)
the challenge of the PESSYP and 01228 221254 or email
This commitment is expressed represents the local delivery email@example.com
through the new National PE and mechanism to achieve the
Sport Strategy for Young People objectives of National Indicator
(PESSYP) launched in January 57 - ‘Children and Young People’s
2008, which builds upon the Participation in High Quality PE
success of the PE, School Sport and Sport’. A second Cumbria
and Club Links (PESSCL) Strategy Agreement, the Local Area
for 5-16 year olds, which went Agreement for the county,
live in April 2003. received ministerial sign-off in the
Barrow Club and Volunteer Evening Case Study
Project leaders The volunteers were trained What was achieved?
Cumbria Sport Partnership, in the Step into Sport online Cumbria Sport left the School
Furness School Sport Partnership passport, as well as what an ideal Sport partnership with a number
and Barrow Sport Development sport volunteer looks like. They of trained, engaged clubs and
Team. were also given information about were able to find placements
further support available to them for all the volunteers looking
Project overview once they were placed with a to get involved in Community
An evening designed to bring club. The clubs were also trained Volunteering. Barrow Borough
community sports clubs and in the online passport, as well Council Sport Development
organisations and potential new as what a high quality volunteer Team were key to this
volunteers from the Step into placement looks like, and given programme in identifying which
Sport programme together details of continuing support clubs to invite. This was the first
and offer them training and available to them. Both groups event held using this model and
advice, let them know about identified a number of possible it was heartening to see it so
potential opportunities such as roles for sports volunteers successful, as over 50 people
Sports Workforce Education including photography, website came to the event.
Programme (SWEP) courses, design, and grounds maintenance.
Get Qualified and ultimately A buffet was provided to keep What next?
match them to improve the the evening informal, which was The success of the evening in
sporting infrastructure within followed by an opportunity for Barrow established that the
the area. the two groups to mingle and model of bringing the clubs
‘broker’ placements. The evening and volunteers together in an
Aims and objectives was rounded off with the Flame informal setting undoubtedly
The aim of the project was Game – an olympic themed quiz worked. It has been repeated
to give something back to the where clubs teamed up with their around the county for other
community clubs and offer high new volunteers to compete. school sport partnerships with
quality volunteer placements support from the relevant local
to potential new volunteers. Who was involved? authority sport development
Students from the Step into Cumbria Sport Partnership teams. The successful formula
Sport programme, the Barrow organised the event together has been repeated, in Carlisle
FE Colleges who have shown with Barrow Borough Council the evening will be a much wider
an interest in community Sport Development Team and event involving the University of
sports volunteering were Furness School Sport Partnership. Cumbria and inviting members
invited to the event. Local sports clubs and Barrow of the general public along to get
FE colleges were also involved. involved in sport volunteering.
This will inform how we run
these events again starting in
the Autumn 2009.
(Volunteering & Skills)
01228 221248 or email
Furness College Sports Hub Case Study
Project leader Who was involved? What next?
Furness College Sports Hub A Steering Group from members The steering group have agreed
of Barrow SPAA, a number of to fully subsidise training for two
Project overview clubs, coaches and volunteers new kitesurfing instructors in
The Furness College Sports from the Barrow area. Barrow. Once qualified, the two
Hub’s main focus is around coach instructors will provide 15 free
education. The project identifies What was achieved? coaching hours in schools and
which courses and workshops are Since the project started in holiday programmes.
needed locally in the borough of June 2008, 9 workshops have Level 1 coaching qualifications
Barrow-in-Furness to meet the taken place. These range from in badminton, trampolining,
needs of those people involved SportscoachUK workshops, women’s artistic gymnastics and
in sport in the area. RunningSports workshops, First swimming are all planned for
Aid Courses, and an Orienteering 2009 as well as club development
Aims and objectives Level 1 Course. From these nine workshops such as Safeguarding
• increase participation in sport workshops there has been 11 & Protecting Children, The Role
and physical activity different clubs and five different of the Volunteer Co-ordinator
• widen access to include the sports organisations sending 87 amongst others.
whole community attendees. There are currently
• improve performance levels 12 people are completing a Level
by increasing access to coach 2 Gym Instructors course at a
education courses and club reduced price. The attendees
accreditation on this particular course include
Sports Hub Administrator
• enhance people’s health and two people that are currently
01229 844766 or email
well being by promoting a unemployed, five students, two
healthy lifestyle of which are looking for
• improve education and skills a change in career and three
• contribute towards economic who are currently employed
regeneration by providing as gym instructors.
training and employment
Cumbria Boccia Development Case Study
Project leaders and to provide players with people with disabilities and
Countywide Project led by the opportunity to progress special educational needs with
Cumbria Sport Partnership through a player pathway a the opportunity to compete
in conjunction with a wide to a level of their choice; with other school in Cumbria.
range of delivery partners. • To raise awareness of boccia as • This enabled strong links to be
a recognised paralympic sport. developed, not only between
Project overview PDMs but also with SSCOs,
As part of the Playground to Who was involved? School Sport Staff and Learning
Podium National Framework, CP Sport, the National Support Staff within special
boccia has been identified as a Governing Body for boccia has and mainstream schools. In the
priority sport for development provided support and advice first year three events took
in Cumbria. Boccia is a sport throughout the duration of the place which attracted around
similar to bowls for people with project however the success of six schools including pupils
a disability. The sport was almost the project has be a direct result with disabilities and special
non-existent as recently as four of strong and effective alliances educational needs.
years ago however pro-active with other organisations involved • As the project developed,
organisations across Cumbria in the implementation. Those consultation took place
have joined together to develop involved has included a number between with players,
the sport both in schools and in of schools, colleges, leisure trusts team managers and various
the community and have grown and local authorities, county and members of staff within
the workforce and competition school sports partnerships (SSPs), SSPs which highlighted issues
structure to cater for a huge clubs, young people and parents. regards the project which
interest in this inclusive sport. included transport barriers,
Although the sport is specifically What was achieved? lack of school staff with skills
designed for young people with • The initial identification of to teach boccia, and the skills
high physical support needs it can unmet demand for boccia of volunteers and teachers to
be played and enjoyed by young came from teachers contacting officiate at the festivals and
people and adults of all abilities. Cumbria Sport Partnership in fixtures. The pupils who had
2005 requesting support in attended the initial festival also
Aims and objectives developing a frequent boccia raised the proposal to develop
• Increase the number of festival as they highlighted a more competitive, structured
children and young people with that many young people league which would provide
high support needs taking part with disabilities and special them with more regular
in two hours of high quality PE; educational needs within competitive opportunities.
• Increase number of young both mainstream and special • In response to the consultation
people with disabilities school did not have access to The Cumbria Disability
accessing competitive boccia regular sports opportunities. Sports Association, which is
opportunities; Teachers highlighted that some a countywide multi-agency
• Increase number of people children and young people with forum, were successful in being
qualified in coaching, teaching disabilities and special needs awarded an Awards for All
and officiating boccia; had particularly high support Grant from Sport England. The
• Establish high quality needs and that they were funding helped cover costs to
community boccia difficult to engage in traditional set up a Cumbria Interschool
opportunities for young people team sports such as football, League including equipment
and adults with disabilities; rugby etc. and venue hire cost, trophies,
• Provide talent identification • The Development Officer from certificates, coach education,
days linked to the Playground Cumbria Sport Partnership teacher training courses and
to Podium framework; supported school sports young officials’ courses.
• To develop a pathway for partnerships to develop an • As a result of the funding five
players from school to number of adhoc boccia boccia courses have been
community based activity festivals that provided young delivered training over 50
adults and 20 young people. • These events are supported • In response to the increase
• Some young boccia players by volunteers from local in participation levels and
who attended the Boccia schools and communities developing workforce the
Young Officials Award were and have attracted a total project has recently seen
invited to attend the CP of 13 mainstream schools, 3 the development of two
Sport North West Regional Special Schools and 3 Colleges community boccia clubs which
Competition as Officials. representing approximately 160 are based and led by local
Six pupils with disabilities young people with disabilities leisure facilities. These clubs are
from Stainburn School and and special educational needs in early development stages
Beaconhill Community School who have taken part in the however key proactive people
were invited to attend the league this year so far with are working hard to develop
boccia regionals held in January still four events to take place these clubs for both young
2009 in Liverpool. All had before the end of this academic people and adults in Cumbria.
been selected as ‘Superstars’ year. Both School Sport Staff
from the Boccia Young Officials and Learning Support Staff What next?
course they attended in the have played a key role as • Player Pathway Development
year, having shown great they not only support teams • Talent ID
enthusiasm, eagerness to at events but have become • Club Development
learn and passion. The pupils qualified in coaching and
were an excellent addition teaching boccia and have
to the officiating team at the begun to introduce boccia Contact
competition and from their into schools at lunch time and Nicola Cartwright
feedback on return had a afterschool clubs. Development Officer
fantastic day. • In addition to the school league (Disability Sport and Equity)
• Since receiving this funding in some SSPs in Cumbria have Cumbria Sport Partnership
2007 the Cumbria Interschool been delivering Identifying 15 Southport Drive
League has now developed Ability Days as part of Barrow-in-Furness
into 3 separate leagues (West the Playground to Podium Cumbria LA14 3LT
Cumbria, North Cumbria and programme which aims to 07725 149550 or email
South Cumbria) which involves identify young disabled people firstname.lastname@example.org
nine boccia competitions for across SSPs who demonstrate
young people per academic a high level of ability.
County Club Database Case Study
Countywide Project led by
Cumbria Sport Partnership
in conjunction with a wide
range of delivery partners.
There has never been a
club database in Cumbria. A
number of partner organisations
have attempted to obtain and
maintain information on clubs in
their areas but it is an extremely
time consuming task as club
contacts change on a relatively updates from the Cumbria What was achieved?
high frequency. Sport Partnership. An encouraging number of clubs
have returned the survey and are
Cumbria Sport in partnership A second postal mail-out keen to be part of the database,
with all six local authorities followed along with an email and are waiting to receive further
in Cumbria have gathered regarding the club database on-going updates and information
together as much information and responses continue to from the partnership.
on Cumbrian clubs as possible come back into the office.
and then enlisted the help of a What next?
number of national governing Aims and objectives The completed database will
bodies of sport to cross reference • To have one comprehensive be uploaded to the Cumbria
the information. and up-to-date countywide Sport Partnership website at
club database which can be cumbriasport.com and
A postal mail-out to all clubs on used by appropriate local clubs that wish to have their
the initial database has taken partners and avoid duplication club promoted on the website
place asking them to complete of resources which will also will be part of the Active
a short club survey, and an keep clubs fully aware of Cumbria search a club facility at
encouraging response rate of relevant developments. activecumbria.com. Clubs
around 33% has occurred. All • Allow the County Sport will also be given the opportunity
information received back from Partnership to build improved to receive the regular Cumbria
clubs has been inputted onto a relationships with clubs across Sport Partnership e-zine.
spreadsheet, and all clubs who the county. Information will regularly be
have completed and returned updated by the Partnership Core
the survey have received a Who was involved? Team or through local partners
preloaded 512MB USB pen drive • Cumbria Sport Partnership e.g. Local authorities which will
which has numerous pieces Core Team save considerable time and
of information and resources • All six local authorities in resources in the long run.
which are beneficial to clubs, as Cumbria
well as a copy of the recently • A number of national governing
published Sports Workforce bodies of sport
Education Programme brochure. • Over 1,200 sports clubs
All responding clubs now have across Cumbria
the opportunity to promote
01228 221262 or email
their club on the Cumbria Sport
website as well as receive regular
Cumbria Sport Partnership Gain Clubmark Licence Case Study
Project leader Aims and objectives 28 officers have successfully
Cumbria Sport Partnership To increase the number of undertaken the Clubmark
Clubmark accredited clubs across Officers Training, enabling them
Project overview the county in a wide variety of to assist Cumbrian clubs through
The Cumbria Sport Partnership sports, thereby increasing the the Clubmark Accreditation
has successfully obtained a licence professionalism and standards process, and also to assess
to award Clubmark accreditation of sports clubs across Cumbria. applications from clubs wishing
to clubs who are affiliated to to become accredited.
national governing bodies of sport Who was involved?
who do not have an accreditation Cumbria Sport partnership What next?
licence themselves. A great Core Team Continue to assist and support
deal of work was undertaken The six local authority sports a wide range of Cumbrian clubs
in drawing up procedures for development teams in Cumbria from a variety of sports to
awarding clubs the accreditation, KKP Consultants become Clubmark accredited as
this was agreed by local partners Cartmel Valley Baseball Club well as continuing to undertake
and then signed off by KKP, the the annual review process for
consultancy appointed by Sport What was achieved? clubs who have been awarded
England to lead on the National The Cumbria Sport Partnership Clubmark accreditation through
Clubmark Programme. Once all were successful in gaining the Cumbria Sport Partnership.
partners were happy with the Clubmark licence, becoming only
procedures a pilot club were the 7th county sport partnership Continue to offer training
taken through the process and in the country to be successful opportunities for people
awarded Clubmark accreditation. in obtaining one. Also, Cartmel interested in becoming Clubmark
This enabled Cumbria Sport Valley Baseball Club became the Training Officers.
Partnership to successfully obtain first Baseball Club in England to
the licence. Cartmel Valley become Clubmark accredited.
Baseball Club were chosen as the Contact
pilot club and worked extremely Since the launch of the Aileen Cubbon
hard to get everything in place programme in Cumbria, 85 Development Officer
and were given approval by the Clubs have obtained Clubmark (Sporting Infrastructure)
Cumbria Clubmark Review Panel accreditation with an additional 01228 221262 or email
in early June 2008 and became 78 actively working towards. email@example.com
the first Baseball Club in England These figures do not include
to become Clubmark accredited. football clubs who have Charter
Sports Workforce Development Case Study
Project leader Aims and objectives • In total some 65 sports
Cumbria Youth • Up skill volunteers and workers organisation have taken part
Alliance in local sports clubs with an in the project.
emphasis on the deprived • 86 volunteers and staff have
Project overview neighbourhoods. undertaken externally accredited
Working with Cumbria Sport • Increase the number of young training programmes of which
Partnership gaps in the workforce people taking part in sport 41 were related to sport (NGB)
skills base in relation to working (under 16s). and the other 45 were related
with children and young people in a • Increase the number of young to working with Children and
sport environment were identified, people volunteering in sport Young People in externally
especially in the more deprived (under 16s). certificated courses.
communities across Cumbria. The • Promote the pursuit of Clubmark • Over £7,500 has been distributed
project brought together two accreditation and offer support to groups to enable them to
partners from very different starting to groups undertaking Clubmark. undertake training qualifications
points and with very different • Help groups to carry out and assist with the pursuit of
skills to work together to address Training Needs Analysis and Clubmark Accreditation.
community need. This was a timely Organisational Needs Analysis. • It is too early to confirm the
partnership enabling us to work • Promote and ensure equality increase in activity in each of the
as partners to address the 5 hour of access for all young people. clubs but during the second half
offer made to children and young of year one this will be measured
people across Cumbria. Who was involved? and reported.
With the skills and knowledge of • We have been targeting clubs
The project has been able to offer Cumbria Sport Partnership and the supporting marginalised and
a range of one to one support contacts and knowledge of working disabled young people with
to help sports organisations to with children and young people a view to promoting equality
carry out organisational needs held by Cumbria Youth Alliance and diversity and also
analysis, training needs analysis and we worked jointly to put in place volunteering opportunities.
encourage volunteers and staff to a plan to up skill the workforce
pursue Clubmark Accreditation. whilst simultaneously improving What next?
Within the first six months of the access to sport for children and • Continue to target clubs and
project bursaries have been paid young people across Cumbria. offer training needs analysis and
out to assist groups to increase The project has a steering group organisational needs analysis and
their capacity and skills and open made up of Cumbria Sport encourage more clubs to be
up sporting opportunities at a Partnership, Cumbria Youth Alliance accessible ensuring more young
community level and Cumbria University Sport people in Cumbria can access
Workforce Development team. sporting activities.
Working with Cumbria Learning • Working with youth volunteering
Links we were also able to secure Funding support from Cumbria organisations and programmes
£7500 which could be given out as Learning Links via the Learning & to promote volunteering
bursaries to the sports clubs to up Skills Council and also Capacity opportunities for young people
skill volunteers and staff. This was Builders money brought in through in local sporting clubs.
Learning and Skills Funding money a joint bid with Voluntary Action
and additional match was brought Cumbria and Awaz ensures we
in from Capacity Builders through have 100% funding to take the Contact
an Improving Reach programme project forward. Adam Dickinson
working in partnership with Cumbria Youth Alliance
Voluntary Action Cumbria What was achieved? 01900 822110 or email
and Awaz. Within the first six months of the firstname.lastname@example.org
project we have supported:
Kirkby Stephen Gymnastics Club Case Study
Project leader Aims and objectives Who was involved?
Eden Valley School Sport • Due to a massive demand The Eden Valley School and Sport
Partnership for gymnastics, following the Partnership led the project with
highly successful Key Steps support from Kirkby Stephen
Project Overview Gymnastics programme, Grammar School Sports College,
Development of a new provide an outlet for those members of the local community
Gymnastics Club based at young people keen to continue and young leaders.
the Sports College providing to take part in gymnastics.
gymnastics for 6 to 11 year olds • Engage adult interest through What was achieved?
from six surrounding primary initially helping at the club, • The club is oversubscribed, a
schools. Funding was used from provide training opportunities huge success.
the Sport Unlimited Programme to enable them to set up clubs • There is now a stand alone
to provide ten weeks of to further support the demand after school gymnastics club at
gymnastics taster sessions, with for gymnastics. Kirkby Stephen, now offering
a view to setting up a permanent • Involve young leaders and three sessions per week.
after school club. utilise them at the club by • Ten adults have attended
acting as support staff. Offer formal Gymnastics training to
young leaders the opportunity enable them to set up after
to gain experience and school clubs on their respective
qualifications in gymnastics. school sites.
• Sustain a club in Kirkby
Stephen. What next?
• Try to mirror the success at
Appleby Grammar School,
working with colleagues at the
school and their respective
cluster primary schools.
• Support the after school club
at Kirkby Stephen to ensure
Partnership Development Manager,
Eden Valley School and Sport Partnership
017683 74076 or email
Get Qualified @ Duddon Canoe Club Case Study
University of Cumbria and
Duddon Canoe Club
In collaboration with the County
Sport Partnerships of Cumbria
and Lancashire the University of
Cumbria was awarded £250,000
by Sport England in 2008. The
project is aimed at those aged
16 or over who are working or
volunteering in sport in Cumbria
or Lancashire. Get Qualified
funding can be applied for to
assist towards the costs of sport
specific training. As of January
2009 Get Qualified can accept
more than one application per
person as well as applications for
refereeing and more outdoor
Aims and objectives
To support the growth of training
and skills in the sports sector, What was achieved? What next?
including outdoor sports, in Five volunteers from Duddon Get Qualified is also contributing
Cumbria and Lancashire. Canoe Club have now achieved towards swimming, orienteering,
their British Canoe Union golf, rugby league and rugby
Who was involved? Level 1 Coaching Award and a union courses, amongst others,
Many clubs and organizations further two who are currently for people in Cumbria and
have benefited from the scheme, undertaking it. John Sherwen Lancashire. The Get Qualified
including Duddon Canoe Club, from the club is really pleased project aims to assist in the
who are an active canoe club with the funding, “Because of this development of a quality sport
based in the Barrow area with funding for our newly qualified workforce across Cumbria
over 100 members. The club is coaches we have been able to and ultimately help to increase
open to all types of canoeists add weekly coaching sessions at participation in sport and physical
of all abilities and members our base on Barrow Docks, this activity in local communities.
take part in lake and flat water has resulted in new members of
paddling, white water kayaking all ages and boosted interest in all
and canoeing, sea kayaking, canoe club activities. The new coaches
touring and camping. Please visit are keen to progress to Level 2 Contact
duddoncanoeclub.org.uk for status and extend the range of Please visit cumbria.ac.uk/
more details. canoeing activities and disciplines getqualified for the eligibility
they can offer to members.” criteria and application form.
If you have further questions
please contact Rachel Walker
or 01768 893526.
Rural Coach & Volunteer Development Project Case Study
Project leaders Who was involved? What next?
Kirkbie Kendal School, Cumbria Rugby Development The individuals are being
Kendal & John Ruskin School, Officer, Community Rugby encouraged to work with clubs
Coniston Linked to Ambleside Coach, School Sports and become part of the RFU
RUFC, Windermere RUFC, Co-ordinators, volunteers vRugby programme which is
Kendal RUFC, Kirkby Lonsdale from local rugby clubs encouraging young people to
RUFC and Millom RUFC. enter into volunteering in a
What was achieved? supportive club environment.
Project overview 25 Individuals qualified in the Keen volunteers will be assisting
This project was aimed at RFU Community Leaders with further programmes over
developing volunteers in the Award and consequently six the summer, again building their
South Lakeland area of Cumbria of which undertook the RFU CVs.
to assist with the work of the Level 1 Coaching Award.
Community Rugby Coach as
well as gaining qualifications Individuals were involved in Contact
which can be added to the CVs the Local Rugby Development Liam Nicholls
of individuals participating in programme doing one or more Cumbria Rugby Development
the scheme. Due to the ageing of the following roles: Officer
population of volunteers within 07711 901374 or email
rugby clubs the need to enthuse • School Coaching email@example.com
young volunteers is extremely • Competition Organisation
pertinent and this project • Competition Refereeing Garry Holmes
was designed to address this • Press Releases & Publicity Community Rugby Coach
requirement. • Communication Skills in a (South Lakes)
Variety of Mediums 07772 112820 or email
Aims and objectives firstname.lastname@example.org
To qualify young volunteers
in the South Lakeland area
and offer opportunities in
coaching, refereeing, tournament
organisation & promotion of the
sport. Individuals could choose
their particular niche out of the
options available thus not forcing
individuals into one specialism
or alternatively offering the
opportunity to participate
in a variety of areas to gain
Sport Unlimited Case Study
Project leader • Focus on ages 11-19 years sessions organised as part
Countywide project led by • The workstrand will be of the Programme (KPI 2).
Cumbria Sport Partnership (CSP) measured against five key • 18 different co-ordinating
in conjunction with a wide range performance indicators: organisations were used to
of delivery partners o KPI 1 ‘Participants’ – The deliver blocks of sessions to
number of young people the young people of Cumbria.
Project overview registering and taking part in
The Sport Unlimited (SU) at least one session in a term- What next?
workstrand is an integral part time series lasting a minimum SU in Cumbria enters it’s second
of the Government’s PE and of eight weekly sessions of year in April 2009. A year 2
Sport Strategy for Young People sports activity. delivery plan has been approved
(PESSYP). This is often referred o KPI 2 ‘Throughput’ – by Sport England, which will build
to as the 5 Hour Young People’s Attendance, the cumulative upon the foundations of year 1
Sports Offer (5 Hour Offer). total number of participants delivery.
The workstrand provides a range taking part at the series of
of attractive and sustainable sessions. The targets within the year 2
opportunities in sporting activities o KPI 3 ‘Retain’ – The number delivery plan are:
for young people from the ‘semi of participants who attend • 7,395 ‘retained’ participants,
sporty’ segment to take part in out at least 60% of the weekly which is a 66% increase on Sport
of school hours sport in term time. sessions in a term-time series, England target of 4,446
i.e. Five weeks for an eight • 4,000 Girls (54%)
Aims and objectives week series, six weeks for a • 3,395 Boys (46%)
The overall aim of the SU nine or ten week series. • 708 participants in Yr12-13 (10%)
workstrand is to increase o KPI 4 ‘Sustain and grow’ – • 5,471 participants are Secondary
opportunities for young people The number of young people School aged (74%)
aged 5 to 19 to participate regularly who continue to take part • Largest segment is Yr10 at 1,184
in sport. regularly in sport. participants (16%)
o KPI 5 ‘Excel’ – The number • 80 activities across 28 different
By targeting the ‘semi sporty’ types of young people identified sports
we are trying to bring about a as talented and set on • Delivery plan cost £222,807
behavioural change for young people performance pathways • Partnership funding £81,495
by encouraging them to participate thereafter. • ‘In Kind’ £71,363
regularly in ‘out of school’ and • ‘Cash’ £10,032
community sport activities. Who was involved? • SU Grant funding £141,311
SU is delivered through a Cumbria
SU provides: Sport Partnership led delivery
• Opportunities for the ‘semi plan, with the involvement and Contact
sporty’ population – estimated ownership of local delivery Bruce Lawson
to be 50% of young people organisations including SSPs, LAs Development Manager
– currently doing 2-3 hours and other partners (Sporting Infrastructure)
of sport per week. 01228 221254 or email
• Term time programmes, What was achieved? email@example.com
delivered out of school hours In year 1 of the programme in
and in club and community Cumbria:
settings. • 4,054 participants were engaged
• Focus on high quality, attractive in activities (KPI 1), and of these
provision. 52% were female.
• National target by 2011 is for • 3,146 participants attended at
900,000 more young people least 60% of the sessions (KPI 3),
aged 5-19 years take up an and of these 50% were female.
additional two hours. • 28,012 visits were made to
Cumbria Sports Workforce Education Programme Case Study
Project leaders Who was involved? networks in the county. A fully
Countywide Project led by Cumbria Sport Partnership up-to-date electronic version
Cumbria Sport Partnership Core Team of the brochure is available to be
in conjunction with a wide The six local authority sports viewed as well as downloaded on
range of delivery partners. development teams in Cumbria the Cumbria Sport Partnership
Course providers website, cumbriasport.com. The
Project overview University of Cumbria courses are also being actively
For the first time, the Cumbria Furness College promoted through a number of
Sport Partnership has co- A number of national governing other media.
ordinated a comprehensive bodies of sport
programme of training courses What next?
for those involved in sport across What was achieved? Completion of the distribution
the county, including courses for A fully inclusive programme has of the brochures and promotion
coaches, officials and volunteers. been established ensuring a wide of the opportunities across all
variety of courses are on offer networks, leading to high uptake
Aims and objectives across the whole county, across for all courses leading to a better
To up-skill the sporting workforce the whole calendar year. The skilled sporting workforce.
across the county leading to production of 3,500 hard copies
higher quality provision and an of a promotional brochure, which
increase in sports participation have begun to be distributed Contact
rates. throughout a number of Aileen Cubbon
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Volunteer Infrastructure USB Pen Drives Case Study
Cumbria Sport Partnership
andCumbria Third Sector
The Cumbria Third Sector
Infrastructure Network supports
all sections of the voluntary and
community sector including sport.
Through a process of mapping
infrastructure support available
to voluntary organizations such
as community sports clubs, they
were able to offer advice, good
practice and funding to the
Cumbria Sport Partnership.
This allowed a wide range of
information about the sporting
infrastructure to be gathered
together for promotion to
all community sports clubs Aims and objectives • The Cumbria Sport
registered on Cumbria Sport • To inform all voluntary Partnership now has up to
Partnership’s club database. community clubs across date information on many
This work was completed in Cumbria about the support sports clubs across the county,
partnership with the Local infrastructure available to them. which was not previously
Authority Sport Development • To gather information on a the case. It is hoped that the
Units, the School Sport wide range of sports clubs in partnership will now be able
Partnerships and the National Cumbria. to build relationships with
Governing Bodies of Sport. these clubs that, in many cases,
Who was involved? did not previously exist.
The most accessible way Cumbria Sport Partnership
of then sharing this information including local authorities, school What next?
with community sports clubs sport partnerships, and national Cumbria Sport continues to send
was via a pre-loaded USB governing bodies of sport the pendrives out to clubs new to
pendrive which alongside the Cumbria Third Sector Cumbria Sport. The partnership
information gathered from Infrastructure Network. also continues to engage with the
partners was also supported Cumbria Third Sector Network,
with links to over 100 relevant What was achieved? identifying opportunities for
websites. 1,200 pre-loaded • A vast number of sports clubs further development.
USB pendrives were procured across the county now have a
and used as an incentive to much greater understanding
clubs for them to return a of the support networks that
completed pro-forma on are available to them, such as
behalf of their club for the contacts, funding information,
(Volunteering & Skills)
partnership’s club database. access to training courses etc.
01228 221248 or email
RFU v Rugby Programme (Cumbria) Case Study
Project leaders Who was involved? Clubs should now start benefiting
Cumbria RFU, Cumbria Rugby Development from the services of these young
Clubs – Wigton, Upper Eden, Officer, Community Rugby people by offering opportunities
Kirkby Lonsdale, Egremont, Coaches, North Volunteer to them which are not going to
Furness, Carlisle & Penrith Officer, Identified Rugby Clubs, overload or be too demanding
CB Activator, New Volunteers, on their time.
Project overview Schools local to respective club.
This project was aimed at What next?
developing volunteers across What was achieved? The individuals are being
Cumbria in a variety of ways 43 new volunteers regularly encouraged to work with clubs
by trying to address the ageing involved at clubs in Cumbria in in any capacity that they can,
volunteer population in rugby the 16-22 age bracket. Some giving as much or as little time
clubs across the county. The of these will be integrated into that they can afford. The RFU are
project was rolled out across the club environment over the now moving into phase 2 of the
the country with considerable summer period. After the initial project which is looking to repeat
funding from ‘V’ supporting the work delivered by the Rugby the process but hopefully identify
programme. There were four Football Union (RFU) for the new clubs to participate and a
main areas to the project so that volunteers it is up to the clubs further 35 new volunteers to
individuals were not limited to a where individuals were based to engage in the programme.
certain skill set. welcome and offer roles within
the everyday running of the club.
Aims and objectives Contact
The aims and objectives were Cumbria was the most successful Liam Nicholls
to recruit the following: project in England delivering all Cumbria Rugby
• One CB activator stated outcomes. This was due Development Officer
• Seven club activators (from in no small way to the Shelley 07711 901374 or email
identified participating clubs) Atkinson (CB Activator) who firstname.lastname@example.org
• Five volunteers per worked tirelessly to ensure the
participating club project was a success. Garry Holmes
Community Rugby Coach
Project options were: (South Lakes)
• vRugby Fun – Organising 07772 112820 or email
tournaments / taster days email@example.com
for young people.
• vRugby Life – Promoting the
unique ethos of rugby union
i.e. Assembly talks.
• vRugby Cash – Raising money
and sponsorship for much
needed causes within clubs.
• vRugby Force – Painting
changing facilities or decorating
areas which require attention.
Carlisle Walking Your Way to Health Programme Case Study
Project leaders Aims and objectives What next?
Carlisle City Council To aid in the achievement of the • The programme is looking
North West target by increasing to create a new updated pack
Project overview participation in Carlisle by 4% and of ten walking handouts that
To increase participation in get more people physically active. can be distributed to the group
Physical Activity in line with the or others within the district.
aims of the Carlisle Sport & Who was involved? It is hoped that these can be
Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) Carlisle City Council used to encourage people to
to develop the Carlisle Walking East Cumbria Countryside Project access walks in their own time.
your way to health scheme and Cumbria Physical Activity Forum • Further explore the link
encourage more people to get with referring individuals
active and walking. What was achieved? into walking as a way to
The scheme offers a variety • The programme now has 90 improve health.
of walks within the Carlisle people enrolled on the scheme • Create more opportunities
district. The location of the walks with most walks receiving a to walk.
continually changes to allow regular attendance of between
individuals in different areas to 30–40. The largest attendance
access the walks and to learn was 56.
more about the area they live • The scheme has also trained
in. It also allows people to meet a number of volunteers to link
others and socialise – a key into leading walks within the
element to improving health. scheme and also in the wider
Carlisle City Council
01228 817370 or email
Governance and accounts
The Cumbria Sport Partnership terms of the current agreement, successful through sport and
core team are employed by which is due to expire at the physical activity’, with a clear
Cumbria County Council and are end of the current financial year, vision, linked to the Partnership’s
based within the Partnerships the financial stakeholders are Strategic Framework 2006-09
& Prevention Section of the identified as being the six local whereby ‘everyone in Cumbria
Children’s Services Directorate. authorities in Cumbria together enjoys sport and physical activity
with Cumbria County Council as an integral part of everyday life.’
The core team members are and Sport England.
bound by Cumbria County During 2009-10 financial year
Council policies and procedures Other organisations are co-opted the membership of the
which relate to human resources, on to the partnership board, partnership board will be
financial compliance, and health and these currently include reviewed and it is anticipated
and safety amongst others. representatives from a leisure that new board members
trust, a national governing body will reflect a greater strategic
The Cumbria Sport Partnership of sport and the Cumbria approach to the development
Board operates under the Primary Care Trust. of sport and physical activity
terms of a Memorandum of across the county. At the same
Understanding and Co-operation, The purpose of the board, time, a new Memorandum of
which is a voluntary agreement, as set out in the Memorandum Understanding will be drawn
signed by all partners who have a of Understanding and Co- up covering the next phase
financial input into the operation operation is ‘to make Cumbria of the partnership’s development
of the Partnership. Under the more active, healthy and up to 2013.
Summary financial statements for the partnership’s
core operating costs for the year ended 31 March 2009
Sport England £227,000
Cumbria County Council £147,000
Local authorities £ 24,000
Department of Health £ 20,000
Business sponsorship £ 13,500
Operational income £ 61,694
Re-profiled funding from 2007-08 £272,300
Operational costs £135,554
Services £ 58,007
Balance of Income over expenditure £226,370
All balances have been re-profiled into the 2009-10 financial year
28 and beyond to help support the on-going commitments of the partnership.
Priorities for 2009–2010
• Delivery of the Sport England • Continue to support the • Provide support to a range
core specification for county achievement of the Cumbria of organisations involved in
sports partnerships supporting Local Area Agreement stretch developing new facilities for
national governing body whole target (NI 8) for adult (16+) sport and physical activity
sport plan outcomes including participation in sport and including Academy sites and
coaching, clubs, volunteer, physical activity, as well as the Building Schools for the
facility, and investment supporting the six school sport Future programme, as well as
developments. partnerships in Cumbria in those involved in developing
their aim to achieve national the Sports Village concept
• Delivery of the national targets set for young people’s across the county, ensuring
coaching specification for access to two hours high that each is linked to facility
county sports partnerships quality physical education and developments identified by
as an additional function sport in curriculum time national governing bodies
to the Sport England core (NI 57). of sport.
specification, including the
appointment of a dedicated • Support Cumbria Sport • Support the work of the
Coaching Development Officer. partnership’s new Executive Cumbria 2012 Steering Group
Board and review the position representing the theme of
• Delivery of the Department with regard to producing a Sport and Physical Activity.
of Health physical activity revised Strategy covering the
specification for county sports period April 2009 to March • Undertake a review of the
partnerships. 2013. levels of services provided by
the Cumbria Sport Partnership
• Continue to engage with NHS • Review the Cumbria Youth through the completion of the
Cumbria and other partners Games event in light of the national Culture and Sport
through the health and physical introduction of National School Improvement Toolkit, and
activity networks across the Sport Week and the County produce an Improvement
county, who have a role for Competition Manager network, Plan to address any areas
contributing to the health and ensuring that national governing of improvement.
well being of the population, bodies of sport are involved in
ensuring that the development the planning and delivery of a
of sport and physical activity new county wide games event
is coordinated and accessible inspired by London 2012.
Cumbria Sport Partnership
5 Portland Square
Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1PU
Tel: 01228 226885