Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Sutton's Approach to Implementing the
Government's Sports Strategy
Jan Underhill, Executive Head of Wellbeing outlined the purpose of the new Government Strategy, as a result of which it was intended to set up a Sports and Exercise Network in the Borough, which would be self- organising and self funding. It was noted that sports were not statutory functions for Councils.
Councillor Paul Wingfield commented that sports organisations were fairly limited, and that we would need a database for all the different types of networks to ensure all groups and ages are covered, particularly those that are currently not getting exercise. The Executive Head of Wellbeing responded that the Council was gradually building up information on activities available in the borough.
Councillor Steve Penneck said that the current barriers to sports and exercise needed to be investigated, but he understood this was difficult with no resources.
Councillor Neil Garratt raised the use of parks commercially for fitness. The Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration agreed there was a real balance between charges and encouraging people to use the facilities. Whilst there were currently no plans to charge for park runs, the out-sourcing of the parks service to a contractor could have an effect on this.
Councillor Jill Whitehead asked how confident staff were that they could find a suitable lead organisation for the Sports Network. The Executive Head of Wellbeing responded that they were currently in discussions with organisations.
The Chair pointed out that there was scope to link with other committees to look at these issues such as the Health & Wellbeing Board.
RESOLVED that the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee:
2.1 Agreed a stakeholder network approach to the implementation of the Government’s Sports Strategy through the development of a Sutton Physical Activity Network, as set out in 5.3 to 5.6.
Report author: Andrew Clark
Publication date: 02/08/2016
Date of decision: 27/06/2016
Decided at meeting: 27/06/2016 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee