In 2014, London’s Blueprint for a Physically Active City was launched by a group for organisations who strive for a thriving London. With the support of Sport England, London Councils and the Mayor of London, London Sport was created to help physical activity and sport to work better in London. It was then, that we set the vision for London to become the world’s most physically active city.
While a new organisation, London Sport’s foundations were set by the five former Pro-Actives for Sport in London. Forming one organisation for physical activity and sport in London created strategic efficiencies, a stronger voice and more investment into grassroots sport, with over £2,000,000 redistributed during 2015 and 2016 alone.
2016-17 Review: Building on Strong Foundations
In 2016, we had already made a solid start towards achieving our bold ambitions, as outlined in our London Sport 2015-2016 Review: A Solid Start and our 2016-2017 Review: Building on Strong Foundations highlighted further progress.
Highlights included over 200,000 Londoners more physically active than when London Sport was formed in 2014, the release of the London and Borough physical activity and sport profiles, launching the sector’s first Funding Search Tool, announcing plans for London’s first physical activity incubator for fit tech, sport tech and health tech, and £2,800,000 invested into grassroots club support and development programmes.
Here’s what one of our partners had to say about the role London Sport played in supporting physical activity and sport in London during 2016-17:
“London Sport has provided strong and visible leadership for the myriad of partners – both large and small – who have a keen interest in making London more active. From pushing the frontiers of digital technology to support grassroots projects, London Sport continued to provide effective advice, support and insight for everyone who cares about getting Londoners more active.”
Mike Diaper, Director of Community Sport, Sport England
Working in partnership with the physical activity and sport sector
Our strength is working with others and we believe working in partnership with others is the only way we can make real progress in getting Londoners more active. Our partners are wide-ranging, from community organisations through to local authorities in London and with our local relationship approach across all the 33 London Boroughs, we know we are the experts in physical activity and sport in London.
Our partnership approach means we are always trying to find ways of improving our work with partners, to not only deliver a better quality of service to these partners but to also keep up to date with what support our partners need from us now and in future. Every year we ask a range of partners about the service we have provided to them and we are proud of the results. In 2017 we asked over 100 partners and here’s what they said about us.
88% of partners are satisfied* with the value
93% of partners are satisfied* with the quality
*Our partners rated us as either satisfied or very satisfied with the value we add and the quality of support and advice given.