gabby powell csn presentation 18 july 2006

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Oxfordshire Community Sport Networks (CSN’s): 

Oxfordshire Community Sport Networks (CSN’s) Gabby Powell South Oxfordshire District Council Lead partner of South Oxfordshire CSN


Five CSN’s in Oxfordshire County co-ordination role Education Sector Sports Sector Community Sector Community Sports Networks County Sports Partnership West Cherwell City South Vale

Their key purpose’s: 

Their key purpose’s Five groups of local delivery agents and key strategic partners who work together to establish and achieve joint objectives Develop local action plans for delivery Accountable to Oxfordshire Sports Partnership (OSP)

The beginning…: 

The beginning… October 2005: CSN sub group established as part of OSP October 2005: Lead officers from each district produce project plan November 2005: First meetings with potential partners to establish CSN structure and local purpose/flavour December 2005 – May 2006: Wider partner engagement and local support June 2006 onwards: implementation of local action plans (in some districts)

Why have they been successful?: 

Why have they been successful? No established sports network before CSN – ‘build a new platform’ Strong member and officer support Fully supportive strategic group with key partners on board from outset (South Oxfordshire)

Issues some CSN’s face: 

Issues some CSN’s face Limited member support due to historical, ‘non-action focussed’ district sports councils Sports Council’s in place – change of focus and culture difficult to tackle Limited resources available from local authorities to kick start CSN’s (and continue to support!)

South Oxfordshire CSN : 

South Oxfordshire CSN November 2005 - Strategic steering group established Membership: South and West Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust National Governing Bodies of Sport Oxfordshire Youth Service Oxfordshire Association for Young People Education – School Sport Partnerships SOLL Leisure (The Councils contracted leisure trust) South Oxfordshire District Council (Community Safety and Sports Development) Oxfordshire Disability Sports Development River and Rowing Museum Henley YMCA November 2005 to April 2006 – strategic group met 3 times, agreed TOR and produced draft action plan

Stakeholder event May 2006 : 

Interested and potential partners (workshop style) Great venue and buffet to attract people – busy volunteers! Attendance: Strategic steering group (acting as facilitators) Sports Clubs Oxfordshire Children’s Information Service YMCA Youth Service Oxfordshire Association for Young People Council’s portfolio holder for sport, recreation and the arts Leader of the Council District Councillors High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Stakeholder event May 2006

Stakeholder event content: 

Stakeholder event content 2012 Olympic dream theme What did 2012 look like for us? Gold medals! Increased participation and opportunities in sport Volunteers rewarded and more of them More coaches qualified, more and better facilities Specialist PE teachers in every school Better transport links Change of culture – it’s good to take part! How can we achieve our ideal 2012 world? Area specific sports days/events Develop multi – sports clubs Better access to coaches More integration (school/club/NGB) Better information / wider circulation Promoting good practice and celebrating success

So what’s in it for you?: 

So what’s in it for you? Benefits to you Better use of school facilities Better partnerships More young leaders More for older people Higher standard in clubs Sustainable clubs Sharing resources Joined up thinking Achievement and personal success Funding opportunities

Contributions you can make...: 

Contributions you can make... Facilities Access to students, coaches and clubs Information Partnership funding experience Loans and resources Talent identification Networking Leadership skills


Summary Share good practice between other districts/CSN’s and ensure accountability to County Sports Partnership from start (set up sub group) Produce a project plan with clear time scales, allowing for local flexibility Feed back to interested partners quickly but don’t over load them with information (keep them engaged an interested) Promote and raise the profile of sport locally!

What has been achieved?: 

What has been achieved? Development of summer activity programmes – partners working together for first time Community Sports Coaches – jointly funded posts Primary Care Trust fully engaged with strategic planning for sport Sports Communication Plan to be produced Profile raised – officers can justify budget allocation to sport and active recreation!

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