Sport and Physical Activity

Greater Essex has a long tradition of sport and physical activity success and Active Essex, together with our partners are committed to providing local sporting and physical activity to increase participation and widen access to sport and physical activity for the whole community.

Whatever your sport, whatever your game, whether you are a club, a volunteer, a partner or a funder, this information source intended is to provide a one stop shop for all partners across Greater Essex.

To support partners with information to support strategic plans, feasibility studies, planning documents and funding applications this area will provide you will access to resources. The Active Essex team are able to help you interpret and apply this to your project or requirement. Please contact if you have any questions.

Active Essex Strategic Plan

Active Essex is the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership for Greater Essex with the vision:

“To create a more physically active and sporting environment for all people in Greater Essex to enable everyone to participate in the activity of their choice at their chosen level”

Our Strategic Plan

"Building and Active Essex" a Strategic Plan for Sport and Physical Activity in Greater Essex was launched in October 2012 and outlines how we aim to achieve our "vision" between now and 2017. This plan is aimed at all those with an interest in Sport and Physical Activity in Greater Essex.

Download the Active Essex Strategic Plan

Sport England Strategic Plan

Creating a sporting habit for life Sport England strategy 2012-17.  The 2012-17 Youth and Community Strategy for Sport England was launched in January 2012 and describes how we will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding over five years into four main areas of work.

National Governing Body 2013-17 funding

NGB 13-17 funding is the centrepiece of our strategy. We will invest over £450 million in work with national governing bodies of sport ( NGBs ).


Facilities underpin our work. We will build on the success of national lottery funded legacy projects and will create new funding streams for mid-range facilities, facility improvements and new facilities.

Local investment

Local investment is vital to making sure our work reaches into the heart of our communities. It provides new opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas and capitalises on NGB investment, helping it go further.

We are investing over £250 million in this work.

The School Games

The School Games will motivate and inspire millions of young people across the the chance to take part in competitive school sport. There are four levels of competition - school, local, regional, and national - and the programme is designed to be inclusive, so young people of all abilities and skills can join in.

Our plans

Our overall ambition is to increase the number of people who play sports regularly and reduce the number of young people who stop playing when they finish school. Funding for governing bodies will be tied to their own specific participation targets.

Our goals for 2012-17 are:

  • Every one of the 4,000 secondary schools in England will be offered a community sport club on its site with a direct link to one or more NGBs, depending on the local clubs in its area.
  • County sports partnerships will be given new resources to create effective links locally between schools and sport in the community.
  • All secondary schools who wish to do so will be helped to open up, or keep open, their sports facilities for local community use and at least a third of these will receive additional funding to make this happen.
  • At least 150 further education colleges will benefit from full-time sports professional who will act as a College Sport Maker.
  • Three quarters of university students aged 18-24 will get the chance to take up a new sport or continue playing a sport they played at school or college.
  • A thousand of our most disadvantaged local communities will get a Door Step Club.
  • Two thousand young people on the margins of society will be encouraged by the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust into sport, gaining new life skills at the same time.
  • Building on the early success of Places People Play, a further £100m will be invested in facilities for the most popular sports, for example new artificial pitches and upgrading local swimming pools.
  • A minimum of 30 sports will have enhanced England Talent Pathways to ensure young people and others fulfill their potential.

Working with others to achieve our goals

We are working with a range of organisation to ensure success, including:

  • National governing bodies that will continue to play a pivotal role as the stewards of their sport.
  • County sports partnerships that will support NGBs , foster local links and help young people make the move from playing sport in schools to enjoying it in the community once they leave.
  • Local authorities that will support and work with through our advocacy tools and investment including a new community activation fund.
  • Partners including the equality groups, StreetGames, the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, the Youth Sport Trust and others that will add value and support the delivery of sport.

Sport & Physical Activity JSNA Products

Sports & Physical Activity Essex Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

Sports & Physical Activity JSNA Local Profiles:

Active Networks

Active Network is the collective representation of local community sport networks across Essex.

These networks are made up of people/organisations that have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity for the benefit of their local area and Essex as a whole. A typical community sports network may include representatives from a local authority, schools, clubs, sports facilities, primary care trust, crime concern, volunteer networks and wider community groups such as disability and older people organisations. This list of members is not exhaustive and the "make up" of the group is based on local interest and need.

Network Essex

Network Essex Events

Active Essex is joining forces with the most talented sports professionals in the county to inspire a robust, powerful network that provides exceptional service to a variety of users.

Network Essex is a recognised county group for sport & physical activity development work which will provide a mechanism for joint working / planning and provide a hub for innovation and development. They are recognised by the Active Essex Board as a key component to the collective agenda of increasing participation in Sport and Physical Activity. They are the Network that brings together the Greater Essex delivery system and have the ability to raise issues for discussion at Active Essex board. The Network meets three times a year and the presentations from these meetings can be downloaded.


Who are Network Essex?

Network Essex are made of professionals from the following sectors:

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