Appendix 1 Sports & Leisure Development Strategy. Summary of key objectives and recommendations. The Sports & Leisure Development Strategy has been produced to enable the authority, where the resources are available, for sports and leisure to be optimised, through successful planning and partnership working; that will result in high quality sports and leisure services and facilities. This will promote participation in sport and healthy lifestyles. The strategy is designed around three main interlinking themes: Structural Issues Facility Development Development Work For the purpose of this document these themes have been broken down into the following objectives: Key Objectives 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Clear objectives for the Leisure & Community Development Team Partnership Working Funding & procurement Social inclusion Development of national and local initiatives Asset Investment – facility development E Government Key Recommendations that will enable the key objectives to achieved: Clear Objectives for the Leisure & Community Development Team 1. To develop a clear framework and direction for future sports development. The strategy will provide a more cohesive structure to enable more strategic development initiative planning and ensure optimum use of resources. 2. Support Leisure & Community Development Team in their pursuit for Quest accreditation by the middle of 2004. 3. Promote effective monitoring and evaluation of access for all aspects of the service. Partnership Working 1. Continue to promote and develop partnership working within the authority, the local Primary Care Trust and statutory agencies and voluntary organisations. 2. At planning stage of any new initiative involve relevant council departments and other relevant agencies, setting up joint steering groups where appropriate to ensure that duplication of activity is not taking place. Funding and Procurement 1. The council will continue to position itself as an ‘enabler’ rather than a direct ‘provider’ of sports development services. 2. Review and consolidate funding opportunities across the service. E.g. Successful Positive Futures application joint funding bid with Basildon District Council. 3. See Asset Investment – Facility Development item 3. Appendix 1 E Government 1. Develop use of website for marketing purposes. 2. Use technology to undertake effective monitoring of the Advantage Card scheme, facility customers and people accessing sports development activities. 3. Promote the development of user friendly data basis e.g. for partner organisations, which can easily be updated and unanalysed. Development of Local and National Initiatives 1. More People – To involve more people in sport and recreational activities, people of all ages in particular ensuring that all young people have the chance to learn sporting skills. 2. More Places – To ensure that we get more and better quality sport facilities with the available resources, enabling people to play sport in their communities. 3. More Medals – To increase the likelihood of sporting success by providing the support and resources that elite performers need to reach and remain at the top and succeed in major international events. 4. Active Communities – To increase and sustain lifelong participation in sport and recreation, and to promote continuous improvement in the delivery of sporting opportunities and service at a local level for all the community 5. Active Schools – To support physical education and school sport to stimulate participation by all, young people, learning to play and to enjoy sport in the school environment. 6. Active Sports – To help young people with the ability and the desire to improve their sporting skills through a coordinated programme. Social Inclusion 1. Access for all – access should be monitored 2. Promote integration of target/specialist groups within mainstream sports development activities. 3. Groups to work with should include: Children within disabilities People with learning disabilities People with disabilities Children, young people, teenagers ensure out of school activities are provided Low income groups Ethnic Minorities 50 + Asset Investment – Facility Development 1. Undertake an audit of disability access to current sport facilities identifying investment needs. 2. Undertake a condition survey of existing facilities and quantify overall investment requirements. 3. Instigate analysis of funding options for capital investment and on going maintenance of sports facilities via Public Private Partnerships or Private Finance Initiatives. A consultant is currently being recruited to undertake the first stage feasibility part of this work, for which provision exists within the 2003/2004 budget. 4. Develop an investment programme – linked to facility feasibility studies and the funding, procurement and management options review, for which there will be future on-going resource implications for the period of any agreements. The findings were the result of the following extensive research and consultation: A document review of relevant council strategies and previous research undertaken by the council and stakeholders. Appendix 1 A Demographic review of the Borough Assessments of existing supply including a full audit of existing planned facilities within the Borough and 3km boundary. An assessment of current and future demand assessment models, to assist with the authority’s recommendations on current and future facility development needs within the Borough. A survey of local schools A survey of local sports clubs A stakeholder focus group One to one consultation with a wide range of representatives from the council, and local, regional and national stakeholders and partners. For more detail on the consultation process, findings and recommendations please see the Full Sports and Leisure Development Strategy, which is available in the Member’s Room or from the LCAS department.