Co-ordinating the Network
Published on: 16th August 2011
There are thousands of organisations across West Yorkshire providing opportunities in sport and physical activity: from the larger ones such as local authorities, Governing Bodies and Universities to local community organisations.
West Yorkshire Sport, through funding from Sport England and the local authorities, provides a co-ordination function resulting in:
- Increased efficiency through sharing resources
- Better informed decision making through organisations understanding each others work
- Higher quality services through sharing good practice and learning, and
- Improved communication
We have a fluid network structure (put link in to current structure) in place that provides for a more integrated system of sports provision. Within this are various partnership groups including:
Team West Yorkshire – bringing together NGB and local authority officers to better plan and deliver sport
Local Authority Officers – at various levels such as Heads of Sport Services, Sports Development managers and Sports Facility Managers to facilitate joint work.
Safeguarding Group – linking key safeguarding officers from various agencies across the county
PE and School Sport – previously bringing together the 18 school sports partnerships to deliver joint sports programmes; moving into the structures required to deliver the West Yorkshire School Games
Sports Volunteering – Bringing together key volunteering agencies across the county to increase and improve volunteer opportunities in sport
Sports Specific Groups – A range of county wide groups planning and delivering sporting pathways for specific sports; often led by governing body officers and on occasions by West Yorkshire Sport such as basketball, dance and athletics
Coaching Development – aiming to improve the number and quality of sports coaches across the county
Physical Activity – brining together key agencies from the health, local authority and voluntary sectors to promote and improve opportunities to participate in physical activity
Community Sports Networks – based in each of the five West Yorkshire Districts the CSNs bring together key players in sport to provide a more strategic approach to delivery.