Tees Valley Sport are consulting with local partners who work with children and young people and people from the local community prior to the development of their new sport strategy.
Currently, Sport England provides both capacity and development funding to Tees Valley Sport on a project by project basis to employ staff and deliver projects that have been developed at a national level. These projects have conditions of funding around participants, ages, areas, activity which means there is limited scope for flexibility.
However, Tees Valley Sport are being granted increased flexibility to develop a Children and Young People Plan that meets the needs of our local area. This includes flexibility on age groups which were previously prescribed and can now be defined by ourselves. They can essentially work from birth (or even pregnancy) to young adults up to 25.
In order to develop a plan that meets the needs of children and young people in the Tees Valley, it is important that they find out the issues and where they can add value by speaking to local people and to the young people themselves. However, prior to thinking about sport and physical activity, they would also like to get your views on what local issues you feel are affecting children and young people. Things that will need to be considered prior to planning any sport/physical activity focused interventions.
Tees Valley Sport then want to look at things through a sport and physical activity lens and ask your opinion on what you feel should be the priority focus areas; where you feel the gaps in provision are and where you feel there are some opportunities in your local community. They are looking for broad ideas at this stage before refining and working up the detail with yourselves and other partners.
They are also working to develop a strategic alliance that connects partners and agendas such as Public Health, CCGs and Local Authorities to champion the benefits of an active lifestyle and to influence and attract additional resources. This will provide much greater impact than their allocation from Sport England will be able to do in isolation.
Tees Valley Sport want this area of work to reflect the needs of the Tees Valley and your insight will be invaluable.