Sport England

Sport England invest in Active Oxfordshire as one of 43 County Sports Partnerships covering every part of the country. This means we need to have a strong understanding of our local place and the people who live here. We are here to broker and support the relationships that matter most and to help identify the best opportunities to increase sports and physical activity in our communities. Our focus is very much on inactive people, under-represented groups and the places where there are the greatest health inequalities.

We need to work with our funders and stakeholders to assess priorities based on local needs and to use our knowledge and networks to adopt the best tactics and the best practice available to create the chances and the change in behaviour that will get people active and engaged to help achieve the Big 5 Outcomes set out in the Sporting Future Strategy. This means we support local partners, respond to local needs in different ways across the County and target interventions where extra capacity is needed to create a more joined up approach and systems change in our community. As part of this endeavour we work as part of a network of CSPs and work collaboratively across boundaries to share good practice and skill-sets.

We are now an essential part of the Sport England supply chain. Our performance and contribution will be assessed every two years by Sport England through a Performance Management and Improvement Framework that will involve external assessment and take in the views of local stakeholders. We will publish the results of the assessment in March 2019 when the first cycle has been completed.

In terms of our Governance we will be Tier 3 Compliant as a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) meeting the requirements of the Sports Governance Code produced by Sport England and UK Sport.

About Sport England

Our vision is that everyone in England feels able to take part in sport or activity, regardless of age, background or ability.

Active Nation

Our vision is that everyone in England feels able to take part in sport or activity, regardless of age, background or ability.

Find out how we're working to achieve the five outcomes at the heart of the Government's strategy for sport.

Our Work

We Sport England responsible for grassroots sport in England.

Sport England strategy Towards an Active Nation sets out how we will work with national and local partners to ensure everyone in England can benefit from sport and physical activity.


Whether you are a village club who needs to purchase extra equipment or a multi-million pound facility that hosts Olympic athletes, we have a funding programme that can help you.

Check out our range of new funding opportunities.

Sport England commission research on who's doing sport and activity and where. We also study what inspires people to get active – and to keep at it.

Sport and activity is what we're all about but we never forget that people need facts to demonstrate it's a sound investment. So we assess the latest evidence on the benefits of getting active too.


The code has three tiers and will apply to any organisation seeking funding from us or UK Sport, regardless of size and sector, including national governing bodies of sport, clubs, charities and local authorities.

The code is proportionate, expecting the highest standards of good governance from organisations requesting the largest public investments, including:

  • Increased skills and diversity in decision making, with a target of at least 30 per cent gender diversity on boards
  • Greater transparency, for example publishing more information on the structure, strategy and financial position of the organisation
  • Constitutional arrangements that give boards the prime role in decision making.