Community sports and activity learning cluster

Closing date: 27 April 2020 - 9:00 am


Local Trust is an independent charitable trust that runs the Big Local programme. Big Local is a 15-year Big Lottery funded initiative to support 150 communities in England. Each Big Local area has been awarded £1m to spend over 10-15 years. The work in areas is led by local volunteers, and areas set their own priorities. As well as delivering the Big Local programme, Local Trust also provides training, networking, research and support to areas.

Local Trust support the partnerships implementing Big Local with a programme of learning and networking, and one element of this is through thematic learning clusters. These learning clusters are a place for people working on Big Local to build their knowledge, skills and confidence in a specific topic, drawing on learning from within and outside of Big Local. The attendees of these peer learning groups attend a series of events that builds their understanding of the topic, gives ideas for them to take back to their partnership, with the aim that at the end of the cluster the whole partnership has greater confidence and capacity to work on that issue.  

We are looking for a facilitator or facilitators with extensive experience of the topic to develop an overall curriculum for the cluster, develop and deliver the individual sessions, bringing in relevant speakers from within and outside of Big Local as appropriate.  Each session should be designed in a way that introduces new ideas or information to the group, draws out the learning from among the participants, and discusses interesting case studies or projects that participants can learn from and potentially adapt for their work. Please see full details in the tender link below. 

Submitting a proposal

If you are interested in applying to deliver this work then please email your application in line with the guidance below by 9am on the 27th of April to 

Please submit a proposal of no more than 8 pages that outlines: 

  • An overall curriculum for the cluster and the learning journey participants would go on; 
  • How you would deliver the cluster, including the approach you would take to delivering the sessions; 
  • Your experience and knowledge of community sports and activity, in particular relating to how this can be used in support of project objectives 
  • Your experience of facilitating learning events, particularly to community groups and volunteers 
  • The support you would need from Local Trust to deliver the series;  
  • A budget covering development, delivery and follow-up costs. This should not include venue costs or participant travel/accommodation, but should include an estimate of any speaker fees as well as materials and the facilitator’s time & expenses.  

You can include CVs as appendices, which do not count towards the page limit.  

Community sports and activity cluster tender