Sportivate was (and still is in some parts of the country) a Sport England National Lottery funded programme aimed at attracting and sustaining 11-25 year olds in sport and physical activity. In Surrey our involvement ceased at the end of March 2017, but the preceding six years saw us:
• Work with 196 organisations
• Support 409 different projects
• Provide physical activity opportunities to a staggering 13,600 young people aged 11-25
• Promote 57 different sports, ranging from Futsal to Waterskiing.
In recent years we have worked specifically on improving sporting opportunities for inactive young people. helping 3,887 such participants. One example was Cage Cricket, which attracted a lot of interest at the Magna Carta School, with one of the players commenting “People look forward to it every Friday!”
A total of £688,000 was invested in Sportivate projects in Surrey. We would like to thank Sport England and the National Lottery Fund for their support.
Sportivate - the national picture
Sport England has put together a national summary for Sportivate with lessons from the past six years. Nationally, a total of £56million has been used to fund Sportivate programme enabling over 900,000 young people to take part in physical activity across England.
Sportivate: Lessons Learnt assessment document
Reporting for Surrey
Our report on the first three years of the programme identified a number of interesting findings including motivations and barriers to physical activity for young participants, marketing approaches to attract new participants, and recommendations for each local area of Surrey.
Additional insight - creating activities for young people
We have gained valuable insight into how providers can effectively design sessions for young people who have different attitudes and expectations of being active. Please see below for the research links:
- Sport England Under the skin: Understanding youth personalities to help young people get active
- Sport England Youth Insight Pack
- Sport England Helping Women and Girls to Get Active Practical Guide
- Sport England Club Matters