Local Authorities were instrumental in helping form County Sports Partnerships over 15 years ago, to coordinate and support their efforts to create active, healthy lifestyles and vibrant local communities. Today they remain core strategic partners and CSPs still work with every local authority across England.
CSPs work with Local Authorities in a number of ways. They help Councillors and policy makers to understand the value and importance of local grassroots sport and activity to the health of their population, the strength of their local economy, and the creation of cohesive communities.
They help make the business case for continued investment in local sports facilities, events, education and support for the voluntary sector. CSPs help understand community needs and develop local strategies, advising on the best use of resources, coordinating local agencies and helping to secure additional funding for community sport.
Many CSPs provide sports development and public health services for their Local Authorities, and help ensure national policies and programmes are delivered in ways which meet local needs.
For regional and national agencies, CSPs can help them link in with local authorities efficiently and effectively.