CSPs are using their unique networks and partnerships to help deliver national legacy programmes in local ways, whilst stimulating local opportunities to achieve a lasting local legacy in every part of the country.
As well as helping deliver the official sports legacy programme Places People Play, CSPs are busy promoting 2012 related local activities, raising funding for talented athletes, developing grass roots sport, and supporting festivals and events.
A sporting legacy for schools
CSPs are working with Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, schools and other local partners to support the new nationwide School Games that includes intra and inter school events to reinvigorate competitive sport in schools, culminating in County finals and festivals of sport in every CSP and a national event in the Olympic Park. In particular, CSPs have played a key role in staging the County School Games events.
A sporting legacy for local communities
CSPs will play a key role in ensuring local communities can create their own sporting legacy from the Games. The CSPs will help ensure local organisations are aware of the Places strand of Places People play, for example, promoting the Protecting Playing Fields initiative, which provides £10m of lottery funding to protect and improve hundreds of playing fields across the country, and the Inspired Facilities Initiative, which provides funding for modernising and extended clubs, opening up local facilities for community sport.
CSPs are leading the local delivery of the Sport Makers programme, part of the ‘People’ strand, where they work with their local communities to recruit, train and deploy 40,000 ‘Sport Makers’ as the next generation of sports volunteers inspired by London 2012 to organise and lead grassroots sports activities.
As part of the ‘play’ strand, CSPs are also leading the delivery of the Sportivate programme, which provides funding to local clubs and community organisations to deliver sports activities for teenagers and young adults up to the age of 25, a key target group for sport, inspired by London 2012 to find new sports and activities to stay active. CSPs are also ready to support the Gold Challenge, helping people try out Olympic and Paralympic sports whilst raising money for good causes.
Many CSPs are leading and supporting a variety of initiatives to encourage adults to ‘Get Back Into’ sport. In some parts of the country, CSPs have accessed funding for Community Games and Village Games, which encourage local communities to take the lead in planning and organising local sport festivals for the whole community, inspired by London 2012. Many CSPs are linking with other organisations, such as Street Games to deliver sport legacy programmes in local communities, ensuring local population needs are taken into account – helping a range of people with specific needs such as those with a disability, women and girls, or those from Black and Minority Ethnic communities to access sport.
In addition, CSPs are heavily involved in activities aiming to use the inspiration of the Paralympic Games to get more people with disabilities participating in sport. , including coordinating the local delivery of ‘Playground to Podium’, a national initiative aiming to identify and nurture young disabled people with potential, helping them find an appropriate sport and fulfil their potential.
A sporting legacy for business
Many CSPs are working with local businesses to help them engage with sport for mutual benefit and create their own sporting legacy. The key areas of Business Engagement CSPs are involved with include:
• Delivery of Active Workplace programmes to help businesses get their staff more active and promoting Workplace Games
• Schemes to encourage employers to support their staff to Volunteer in Sport
• Supporting Elite Athletes and fundraising for them
• Business support for grass roots sport programmes
• Business engagement in School and Community Sport Festivals
The above ‘menu’ of activities demonstrate how the CSP network is committed to delivering the promises made when London won the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games – helping to create a sporting legacy in every city, town and village in England.
For further information on the work that your local CSP is doing to achieve a legacy in your area, please contact your CSP. To find contact details, or to discuss the work of the nationwide network, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cspnetwork.org