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Community sports and activity

We know that for many Big Local areas, community sports and activity are powerful tools to help bring communities together and respond to what matters most to you.

What will this cluster do?

This learning cluster will help Big Local areas to think about and develop sport and activities in new ways. It will stretch the imagination of what community sport and activities can achieve in Big Local areas.

Whether you are doing a lot of community sport already and want to take things even further, or you are looking to do a lot more, it will provide an opportunity to hear from other Big Local areas about what has gone well and not so well around community sport as well as a range of information and ideas on how to develop your approach to community sport. You will hear from a range of speakers about the opportunities available and tools needed for connecting your activities into the local and national networks supporting community sport.

How will the cluster work?

This cluster will take place over 4 workshops in 2021 and at least the first session will be online. Participants’ learning will develop through each workshop, picking up hints, tips, ideas and guidance along the way to help you put things into practice in your Big Local areas.

We know Big Local areas really value networking and hearing from other areas across the country so that will be at the heart of the sessions. By the end of the cluster you will have developed your knowledge, skills, ideas and networks to create a community sports legacy within your Big Local area.

The sessions will be facilitated by Kathryn Mudge and Kirsty Dunleavy from Active Partnerships who have a mission to transform lives through the power of sport and physical activity. Kathryn and Kirsty specialise in supporting communities to maximise their potential and use the power of community sport to deliver on local priorities. Their approach is to keep things simple, focus on what is strong in communities and provide actionable support.

Workshop 1 – Making connections, developing trust and generating ideas

Tuesday 19 January, 10.00-12.00 and Tuesday 26 January, 10.00-12.00.

The first workshop will be split in two parts on Zoom on Tuesday 19 January, 10.00-12.00 and Tuesday 26 January, 10.00-12.00. We hope you will be able to attend both parts of this first cluster session but we do have flexibility if you are only able to attend one. Please let us know when you register. You can sign up here.

What will be covered:

  • Get to know who is in the cluster
  • Hear from a range of Big Local areas about how they have used community sport with good results, as well as when the best-laid plans haven’t quite gone to plan
  • Practical ideas for responding to here and now opportunities and challenges around community sport; including how to safely engage participants in your activities within the restrictions of Covid-19
  • Explore how community sport could support your Big Local legacy plans

Throughout 2021, other topics that will be explored in the cluster are listed below and we will further develop the content as we go with participants, focusing on what matters most to your Big Local areas.

  • Shaping your community sport offer through effective community engagement
  • Measuring the impact of your community sport activities
  • Using the evidence of your impact to engage others
  • How to create a community sport legacy

How do I book a place on this cluster?


Please register for Workshop 1 below. This event will be split over two sessions on Zoom on Tuesday 19 January, 10.00-12.00 and Tuesday 26 January, 10.00-12.00.


If you have any queries, please email us.

Learning & Networking events are open to all those living and working in Big Local areas, but we do expect attendees to bring some knowledge of the Big Local programme with them and use their learning to support the delivery of projects in their area.