August 11th saw the publication of the independent appraisal of the future role of County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) undertaken by Andy Reed OBE at the request of the Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch MP.
Overall, the appraisal concludes that CSPs and the CSP Network (CSPN) remain vital to the success of the sector in achieving the Government and Sport England’s objectives. However, the appraisal makes a number of key recommendations for improvement including:
- Greater clarity and consistency in the core specification for CSPs set out by Sport England, including revision where necessary to align it with the outcomes set out in Sporting Future and Towards an Active Nation.
- More flexibility to adapt the CSP offer to local circumstances, recognising that the new strategic approach will require working with a wider range of partners encompassing those in health, the private sector and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
- Continued, proactive review of CSP structures to ensure they remain fit for purpose in the changing environment and in particular in light of emerging devolution deals.
- Rapid intervention by Sport England where performance falls below the level expected but at the same time a light touch approach for those CSPs that perform consistently well.
- Improved governance arrangements – including compliance with the forthcoming UK Sports Governance Code – and efficiencies through shared services.
- Clarification of the role of the CSPN to ensure there is a clear division of responsibilities.
The CSP appraisal can be downloaded below: