The Voice for Sport
Northamptonshire Sport was formed in 2003 to act as the local strategic lead body for Sport within Sport England’s national strategic framework for sport.
Since then, our role has grown to encompass the development of physical activity as a vital component in the Health and Wellbeing of people in Northamptonshire and specifically on reaching the least active, especially those in groups and areas where significant inequalities exist.
Locally we work with a wide range of partners such as local authorities, Sport governing bodies, schools, universities, colleges, health bodies and charities to improve access to sport and physical activity. Nationally we are part of a network of 42 Active Partnerships funded by Sport England to deliver key national programmes, such as School Games and Satellite Clubs, at a local level.
We have recently moved from local authority hosting to become an independent charity
Northamptonshire Sport is the strategic lead for PE and School Sport across the county, striving to link schools with local community sport providers, National Governing Bodies of sport and other national partners.
There are a huge number of organisations involved in sport across Northamptonshire. We work to connect them through networks such as the Participation Forum and the Northamptonshire Federation of Disability Sports and promote a collaborative, whole system approach.
Working with organisations across the county we lead on the countywide framework for physical activity and sport. We have a targeted ‘Place-Based’ approach in our work with local community organisations in reducing inequalities.
We are responsible for the delivery of sports programmes including Sport England funded programmes such as the Tackling Inequalities Fund which seeks to tackle inequalities in physical activity levels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have a strong presence in the education sector with the delivery of national programmes such as Sport England’s Satellite Clubs (linking schools to community clubs) and the School Games as well as supporting primary schools with curriculum PE and supporting the community use of school sport facilities.
We organise a variety of events throughout the year such as conferences, events and activities. These include school-based events such as the County School Games finals as well as open-to-all events such as the 5K Series, which takes place during the spring and summer in various locations throughout the county with participation from seasoned runners to beginners.
We work with partners to develop the use of community open spaces, for example the use of Sywell Country Park as a successful venue for open water swimming.