Active Together (AT) is 1 of 43 Active Partnerships operating in England. AT serves the communities of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland and was established in November 2004. The vision of AT is for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to be the most physically active and sporting place in England. The work of AT is guided by the AT Physical Activity Framework (2022-2031). The strategy document outlines how AT and its partners intend to empower and support the communities of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland get and stay physically active.
A core team of staff is based at SportPark, Loughborough University and is managed by the Active Partnership Director, John Byrne. The role of the team is to support the delivery of the AT Physical Activity Framework. The core team are employed by Leicestershire County Council (the host authority) and the team comply with host's key policies, for example, health and safety, human resources and safeguarding. The work of the team is overseen by the AT Board, chaired by Mike Sandys. The Board consists of a balance of Members that are both representative of the local physical activity and sport sector and those that are independent of the sector and partnership. The Board will take decisions about the work and future direction of AT and will meet 4 times a year. In addition, the Board will take account of partners interests and is accountable both for its own decisions and the actions of the organisation as a whole. The full Terms of Reference for the AT Board can be found here.
ACTIVE TOGETHER GOVERNANCE STATEMENT
The AT Board has appointed a Business Oversight and Audit Committee. The fundamental role of the Committee is to provide guidance and scrutiny on Policy, Governance, Finance and Performance Management related issues. This Committee also regularly reviews key risks and considers mitigating actions using AT's Risk Management policy and Risk Register. A key risk identified by the committee is the failure to deliver services and interventions to reduce physical inactivity because national and local funding is not secured. This risk is being managed by ensuring quality control checks of funding bids, organising CPD support for staff members, ensuring current projects are delivered and the ongoing horizon scanning for new funding opportunities.
The Business, Oversight and Audit Committee meets 3 times a year and the full Terms of Reference for the Committee can found below.
The Active Together Board also has the powers to appoint a Nominations Committee who would be responsible for appointing new Board Members. The Board exercised these powers in 2022 to recruit its current Chairperson. A full list of Board Members and Advisers can be found here
AT is in receipt of public funding from Sport England and as such, it should meet the mandatory requirements of the UK Code for Sport Governance. As a regular receiver of funding, AT is required to meet the top level of mandatory governance requirements required by the code. AT currently meets all requirements of the code. The AT Board have developed an Internal Control System that provides a framework and timescales for its policy reviews, performance management and financial management procedures. It also presents a framework for the AT Board to utilise to ensure its ongoing compliance the UK Code for Sport Governance. A copy of the AT Internal Control System document can be found below.
The Active Together (AT) Board and core team believes that equality of opportunity should be at the heart of all sport and physical activity provision within Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. The AT Board has produced a Inclusion Action Plan that promotes and champions inclusion, diversity, community cohesion and human rights. Furthermore, the action plan sets out the Board's intention to empower under-represented groups and individuals to participate in physical activity and sport and take a pro-active role in society. Being inclusive and ensuring that our decisions are fair, equitable and that there is a focus on reducing inequality is core value of the work of the AT Board and core team do and is stated as such in the Physical Activity Framework (2022-2031). The latest AT Board Inclusion Action Plan and progress report can be found below.