SASP Partner Update - Wednesday 3rd June

SASP Partner Update - Wednesday 3rd June

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:16

SASP Partner Update - Wednesday 3rd June

An update from SASP to our Partners

Week 8 of lockdown Sport England Insight on Activity Levels

A national, weekly snapshot of attitudes and behaviours during the Covid-19 pandemic is carried out by Sport England. Between 15th and 18th May 2020 the headlines are showing that physical activity levels are the highest since lockdown started as restrictions ease with walking (65%) and cycling (16%) hitting peak figures.

The survey also shows people really understanding the importance of activity for their physical and mental health. However there are still some stark differences in activity levels for those with long term health conditions, those living on their own and those living in more built up areas.

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

Sport England / SASP Support for the Sector

Reducing Health Inequalities

Sport England have announced grant aid of up to £50,000 for Somerset to help those who are struggling to get active in the key target groups of disability, those with long term health conditions, people on low incomes and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities. This money will be distributed in smaller amounts, managed by SASP over the coming months. At present we are creating plans to make best use of it with partner organisations. Please do get in touch with Jane Knowles if you would like to input into this.

Support for Local Authorities and Leisure Trusts

As we start to see lockdown easing, there is a need for sport and physical activity to re-design how they will deliver through this transitional period, however long it lasts. Sport England are supporting Local Authorities and their leisure trusts to do this by providing some assistance through advice, guidance and funding of consultant support. They will also be disseminating good practice so those independent sport centres may also take advantage of the learning. SASP are assisting with this process where needed.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund and SASP sector support

Over £220,000 emergency fund money has now been distributed to clubs across Somerset to 69 organisations, ranging from bowls and boxing to rugby and martial arts. The fund is currently now paused. SASP will continue to support clubs and sports organisations using the responses from the sector survey that we have collated. Feedback shows that key areas of concern are around returning to play and future membership, funding viability and promoting their clubs opportunities.

For Schools, Families and Children

Support for our returning Primary Schools

SASP has trained nearly 90 Teaching Assistants in social distanced physical activity games for the staged return of primary schools on 1st June 2020. We will continue to support schools in this way to provide confidence, resources and safe PE in our primary sector. Please see our website for resources that can be downloaded.

Inclusive provision more important than ever

Disability has become a focus for SASP in the last few weeks with inclusive dance; inclusive challenges and physical activity packs being distributed to targeted families. Please do share our SASP Inclusive Sport Facebook page with your partners and families to stay in touch with all the new things that are happening across the county or contact Carly Ridgwell on

Virtual Dance Competition

Our School Games Team are organising our virtual dance competition for teams from schools, or other non dance specialist groupings. It is a simple concept allowing people to video moves and put them together. Please share this through our Somerset School Games Facebook page or visit our website for more information.

Active Workforce

Restorative Practice

Online training has been mobilised to support our Jump Start programme with 10 new clubs becoming part of the programme and attending our Restorative Practice 6 hours training to start to spread this work across the Yeovil and Mendip areas for a county offer. We are now able to take more referrals from social workers, Team 8 and others for this very successful programme and would like to thank the Violence Reduction Unit; Children in Need and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner via Sedgemoor District Council for their amazing support.

#MoveMore Training

Our Move More Champion Training is also moving online with a specific focus on supporting people to engage our older population in being more physically active for their physical and importantly mental wellbeing.

Coming Soon – Watch this Space

SASP Challenge Platform

A new SASP sport and physical activity challenge platform is soon to be launched. It has exciting functionality and can be used by a huge variety of groups, both online, at home and in communities using social distancing guidelines.

Resources for Older People with Long Term Health Conditions

We will be distributing further off line resources to help older people who may still need to be a little more careful as we move into the transitional period post lockdown to be active and to help motivate, encourage and support their basic functional fitness.

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 me at

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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