SASP Partner Update - Friday 24th April

SASP Partner Update - Friday 24th April

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:35

SASP Partner Update - Friday 24th April

Update from SASP to our partners

We hope you and your families, friends and colleagues are managing to stay safe and well in these difficult times. As we continue to navigate through this situation I thought it would be useful to update you again and let you as key partners know what we have been up to.

Recognition for our Active at Home innovation and creativity

We wanted to start our latest briefing with letting you know that both Sport England and our Active Partnerships network has commended SASP for its approach for supporting local communities to stay active at home during this pandemic. This included this article which featured on the Active Partnerships website and showcases our innovative work to keep older people active, with our activity packs. We would like to thank all of our partners that have worked with us during this period to keep residents active during lockdown.

Sport England Insight on activity levels during the pandemic

A national, weekly snapshot of attitudes and behaviours during the Covid-19 pandemic is being carried out by Sport England during this period.

  • Between 3rd and 6th April the headlines are showing that 33% of adults did more and 39% did less physical activity in the last week compared to before the restrictions. In the same period 29% of children did more and 37% did less compared to pre-restriction levels.
  • Older people, those on low incomes, living alone or living in urban areas are finding it harder to be active at this time.

If you are interested in more detailed results of this please go to our website.

For families and children

We are providing boxes of pavement chalk and lots of ideas for families and their children to draw hopscotch or other activity trails for the whole community to use. This will be piloted in some of our key estates across Somerset with assistance through housing, food banks, local authorities and other volunteer groups.

For our older Jump Start teenagers we are offering 1:1 bike maintenance through a video link to help them keep their bikes in good working order as for many of them this is their key to their once a day physical activity. We have some very willing volunteers and will be posting video as we go.

There are also a huge number of on line options, both local and national collected for you for easy use on our website.

For adults and older adults

Nearly 2,000 older people activity packs which include resistance bands and instruction booklets on how to use them have now been distributed throughout the county through various means including local authorities, housing support, coronavirus volunteer groups, other charities / organisations and individual postage. We have even used priority shopping hours at the local Tesco in Minehead.

For our workforce and clubs

We had around 90 people on our club support webinar with over 340 views afterwards. We had so many questions about how clubs and organisations in our sector can gain financial as well as other help. We are keen to work with sport clubs and organisations who deliver significant physical activity (so not necessarily sport related) in our most deprived areas of Somerset to ensure they also gain from the funds that are on offer so do please do promote this service. Our workforce and Covid-19 page is regularly updated here.

We have also produce a short survey for clubs, individuals and organisations so that we can gain an understanding of the current impact of Coronavirus on the sport and physical activity sector in Somerset, the issues they are facing and what they are all doing to overcome them and get through this unprecedented situation. Please promote this survey to your contacts. The survey can be completed here

For Schools

Resources for a more active numeracy and literacy lessons for Key Stage 1 and 2 have been created. We know children are more sedentary during the day than before lockdown so this is to help them add extra at home activity into their day, while still getting their school work done. Resources can be found here.

We are also launching our new challenge website next week to help schools; friends; club mates etc. create a team and complete challenges together. Our work so far suggests that the children of all ages are enjoying the challenges to combat boredom and find some connection together.

Please do continue to share your ideas, challenges, questions, suggestions and requests, we will get through this together. If there is anything that you think we could do to be more helpful in these unprecedented times please contact

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Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK