Improving lives through the power of sport and physical activity – Active Partnerships was set up in 2006 as the County Sports Partnership with an overall aim to enable everybody within Shropshire to partake in sport and physical activity and embrace the benefits of an active lifestyle. Active Partnerships supports and facilitates a range of networks in order to build capacity and improve opportunities for people to be active.
Our current networks include traditional sports development forums, coaching networks and club networks and more recently community groups – these provide a mechanism for local stakeholders to network, share good practice, join up work strands and identify local needs to influence joint planning. We are committed to creating meaningful social impact and collaborate with community focused, like-minded organisations who support hard to reach groups and share our goal in improving lives.
Active Partnerships provides advocacy for the sector, demonstrating the benefits of sport and physical activity and the value of investing in it. It is run through Energize, an independent charitable organisation which brokers partnerships and facilitates the delivery of national and local projects and programmes to achieve agreed outcomes whilst at the same time ensuring efficient and effective use of resources within Shropshire.
Active Partnerships has a website with a linked electronic fortnightly newsletter that partners and associates can contribute to. Active Partnerships also offers an annual Awards Evening (in Autumn each year) with categories ranging from Project and local Business of the Year and Volunteer, Coach and Young Leader of the Year. This event both rewards individuals and organisations who work to make sport happen and with support from local and regional media raises the profile of the value of sport and physical activity in a voluntary and community setting.
Chair and Representative to the Board: Chris Child