Sport and Active Recreation Strategy Consultation

Residents in the Caerphilly county borough can now have their say and help shape the future of sport and active recreation across the area for the next 10 years.

The consultation closed on 21 September.

Introduction

This strategy sets outs a future purpose and direction for the provision of sport and active recreation in Caerphilly County Borough - it establishes the key principles and vision which will inform future decisions and actions.

Where necessary, as and when required, the strategy implementation will be supported by more detailed communications, consultation, and business cases for action to support reports to the relevant Scrutiny Committee, Cabinet and/or Full Council.

What is sport and active recreation?

The definition of Sport and Active Recreation in relation to this strategy is based on the range of sport and physical activity opportunities provided by Caerphilly County Borough Council in conjunction with our key partners.

The Rationale for the strategy

Caerphilly County Borough Council has embarked on an exciting and challenging journey of improvement and change’ The Corporate Plan (2018-2023).

Rising to the future challenges it is clear that we will need to do things differently - be innovative and willing to adapt and respond to change’.

To be successful, the Council must fundamentally redefine its unique role i.e. what we do, the services we provide, and how we provide them.

No longer can we do what we have always done - our future role will be less about directly delivering services and more about enabling the many other organisations who already provide excellent opportunities across our communities.

Implementing the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act

We will need to be bold - not holding on to what we have done in the past, but looking forward to ensure that the decisions we make and opportunities we provide are fit for future generations - responding to the emerging needs of our young people, the adults of tomorrow, and of course looking after the different needs of a growing older
population.

We must also make sure what we provide is going to be sustainable i.e. we can all afford to maintain service provision into the future.

Future approaches will demand that people take greater responsibility for their own health and levels of physical activity. It is the role of the Council to support them to do this for themselves.

To deliver a ‘change agenda’ the Council will also have to make a number of critical decisions. It is vital therefore, that this strategy provides a clear rationale and priorities for action. It must provide a vision for where we are going and how we are going to get there, so that everyone understands what we can achieve, what to expect of us, as well as the roles that others have to play.

Finally, the strategy is not focused just on buildings but the activity that can take place in a wide variety of different places found throughout our County Borough and as a result of many different opportunities provided by a range of organisations.

The Strategy

The Draft Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2019 - 2029 (PDF)

Equality Impact Assessment (PDF)

Consultation Report

Draft Sports and Active Recreation Strategy 2019-2029 (PDF)

Appendix 1 – Communication and Engagement Plan (PDF)

Appendix 2 - Respondent profile (PDF)

Appendix 3 – Open ended survey responses (PDF)

Appendix 4 – Digest of written responses (PDF)

Appendix 4a – Response from Cllr. Graham Simmonds (PDF)

Appendix 4b – Response from Cllr. Kevin Dawson (PDF)

Appendix 4c – Response from Gerald Jones MP (PDF)

Appendix 4d – Response from Public Health Wales (PDF)

Appendix 5 – Social media responses (PDF)