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Northamptonshire Sport

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
(+ £2.50 in Giftaid)
has been raised for Northamptonshire Sport with Collection Pot

What we do and our priorities

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.

  • Championing the positive impact that inclusive physical education, physical activity and school sport can play in the lives of children and young people
  • Northamptonshire Sport has an ambition is to ensure all children and young people in the county achieve 60 active minutes every day
  • Our ambition is to ensure all children and young people in the county achieve 60 active minutes every day
  • We help clubs and community organisations provide great experiences for their participants and workforce in high quality, safe and sustainable environments
  • Supporting clubs, groups and organisations and the paid and volunteer workforce in the count to develop customer-focused practices
  • Supporting development of more diverse paid and volunteer workforce to reflect the communities we work in
  • We are committed to ensuring that sport, physical activity and recreation across Northamptonshire is both safe and inclusive


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.

Featured pots collecting for Northamptonshire Sport:

Adam Stevens

Demo Pot for Nsport - Disability Sport


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Demo Pot for Nsport - Community


Adam Stevens

Demo Pot for Nsport - Schools