While the funding available to deliver sport and physical activity was facing significant reduction, there were new and emerging opportunities to deliver a commissioned model of delivery locally through the Strategic Commissioning arrangements being developed in Leicestershire.
What did you do?
Workshops were held with a variety of stakeholders, leading a process of engagement with key stakeholders (Leicestershire and Rutland Sport, LCC, Public Health, District Councils, Sport England, ASA, Youth Sport Trust)
An evidence based approach has led to a delivery model that recommends:
• that the delivery of sport and physical activity in Leicestershire should move towards a stronger family based offer, moving away from separate child and adult offers.
• that the balance between sport and physical activity should be considered, reflecting revised guidance on physical activity.
• that the ‘reach’ of the current offer to those sectors of the population that do not participate regularly in sport and physical activity should be considered, by having a defined percentage of the programme targeting those that are least active.
The combined effect of these factors prompted a shift away from a broad universal offer of ‘opportunities’ to participate in sport (characterised by the former national NI8 target) to a more targeted approach focussed on those sectors of the community who do very little or no physical activity.
SCS outcomes in the draft refreshed outcomes directly affected were:
• More people are physically active at a level which makes them healthier;
• A healthy weight in all age groups is promoted, encouraging a whole family approach to eating well and being active;
• Children in Leicestershire have improved health outcomes.
However, it was also recognised that sport and related activity impacts on a number of other high level outcomes around older people’s independence, mental health and well being, young people’s morale and self esteem, sustainable transport, community development and cohesion and a reduction in anti-social behaviour. Sport as diversionary activities was also considered for inclusion in the Community Budget.
Whilst there had been a number of cross-cutting activities and initiatives within sport and health, it was proposed that a new approach to the commissioning of this activity that met the shared outcomes of all partners should be established as part of the wider work to integrate service planning and resourcing.
Fundamental to the new offer was be an emphasis on :
• A family based offer
• Sport and physical activity
• The allocation of resources
£1,1000,000 was provisionally allocated with the aim to ensure that this money extracts maximum value. This involved:
• Localities were asked to submit a plan as to how they would spend this allocation to implement this model, using local organisations, partners and facilities, stating in kind offers and support available outside the model.
• For a targeted approach there needed to a thread between this programme and the other work being commissioned and delivered in Leicestershire – for example, families with complex needs, children centre programmes or offender management to ensure that this programme is fully integrated with these approaches.
Localities were tasked with co-designing and developing delivery plans based on the model and requirements set out in the commissioning plan. This required a joint collaborative approach that included all local providers
Additional resources were allocated on a number of factors including a proportional weighting based on evidence of need, support available locally to deliver the plan and strategic priorities.
Part of the proposal was also to establish a new method for the evaluation of the programme using a Social Return on Investment model. The development and application of this approach was a departure from the National Indicator approach and offered an opportunity to develop a more holistic, integrated and strategic means of evaluating the success of the sport and physical activity commissioning plan.