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  • 16 March 2016 00:00
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Community Sport Network will feature a series of thematic newsletter editions over the next 12 months, reflecting some of the big issues in the Government's Sporting Futures Strategy paper. This edition looks at localism, and highlights some examples of good practice. 

So what are the issues we face in creating a fit for purpose local delivery system? Can local partnerships be meaningfully formed, and what is to be the role of the County Sport Partnerships in acting as facilitators to building an effective sports system that can bring together local resources in a meaningful way to help transform the nation's wellbeing? Can sport and health really come together and work alongside each other with enough trust and common purpose to make a difference? If so, where are the resources to do this, and where are we seeing evidence of real commitments from Health and Wellbeing Boards to put physical activity at the centre of its commitment? 

Similarly, how do we persuade caretakers to open school facilities for community benefits, or GPs to prescribe the magic pill of physical activity across the nation? What needs to happen to make our natural environment, our community outdoor spaces and our town centres and local road system places where we can recreate safely throughout the year?

Good practice in terms of innovation, sustainability and effective partnership working does exist at a local level.  Let's find this, harness, learn and share from this, and build upon it, alongside the Government's commitment to  a new way of thinking and delivering meaningful and transformative interventions  as we shape  up our sporting future. 

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