New Charity aims to get more people in Northamptonshire active!

New Charity aims to get more people in Northamptonshire active!

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:00

New Charity aims to get more people in Northamptonshire active!

Northamptonshire Sport, which has been hosted by Northamptonshire County Council since 2001, is setting out in a new direction from 1st October as it becomes a registered charity.

As one of 42 Active Partnerships across the country, created by Sport England to get more people playing sport or being active, Northamptonshire Sport's new status will mean they are even better placed to do that job. Working collaboratively with a wide range of partners and organisations across the county Northamptonshire Sport's objective remains to get "more people, more active, in Northamptonshire".

Northamptonshire Sport's Director, Chris Holmes, said "becoming an independent charity means we are going to be fantastically placed to create new opportunities for people to be active. The pandemic has caused an enormous impact on people and organisations. The challenge to be active for certain groups has become even more difficult. Charitable status places us in the best of both worlds to address that – close to our key strategic partners as well as opening doors to new resources that we previously haven't been able to access".

Chris continued "as Northamptonshire moves into new local authority structures and healthcare systems we aim to use our charitable status to support that, helping to create policies, environments and opportunities that make it much easier for people to be active in this county. Personally, whilst recognising the serious challenges posed by the pandemic, I am really excited by the possibilities ahead of us, especially those that charitable status brings".

Northamptonshire Sport's Chair, Steve Adams, added Our new status provides us with the opportunity to operate independently, while maintaining our essential relationships with local government partners, Sport England and Public Health. As a charity it also provides us with opportunities to work with the private sector to raise funds and develop services.

Despite the restrictions of COVID-19 we have been able to demonstrate at Sywell Country Park how we are able to unlock natural resources and through modest participation fees create self-funding for the development of facilities for the local community.

Incorporation' is just the first step of what I know will be a rewarding venture for Northamptonshire Sport, its stakeholders and most importantly, the communities we serve"

As a new charity Northamptonshire Sport plans to continue working with Local Authorities, Public Health, Education, Sports Governing Bodies and other charities, using sport and physical activity as a vehicle for those organisations to achieve their aims too. Having charitable status will also bring increased independence allowing Northamptonshire Sport to make the very best decisions in the effort to make being active or playing sport integral to more and more people's lives.

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