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Driving Positive Change Through Sport and Physical Activity

Impact Report 2021/2022

Welcome to our 2021/2022 Impact Report

If you are curious about the many ways in which sport and physical activity can be used as a driver for positive societal change there should be something in this report that excites you.


Equally, if this isn’t something you’ve particularly thought much about

before, we hope that you will be inspired by the imaginative and practical ways in which sport and physical activity can benefit the lives of residents in North Yorkshire and York of all ages, abilities and circumstance. But more is needed.  

Physical and mental health is an essential need, not a luxury. 


At a time when the social and emotional mental health of the entire population is being tested what better opportunity is there for using movement, in all its forms, as a means to tackle barriers and inequalities that have been further pronounced by the pandemic and the rising costs of living?  

Reaching more people to help them change their lives.


Our expanding portfolio of projects has enabled us to reach more people than ever before, with empathy and mindful of the difficulties some people face to get active and healthy in ways that suit them. David, and the amazing team here at North Yorkshire Sport have worked tirelessly and creatively to deliver or enable activity across the county. 

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As a result, We are reaching children and families, particularly those from a disadvantaged background, as well as young people in schools and in workplaces and communities across the adult life stages. Targeted interventions are increasingly demonstrating successful changes in people’s lives where they choose to become more active, feel more confident, resilient and have a more positive attitude towards physical activity. For some, the difference is extremely powerful  creating a new sense of purpose, belonging and self-belief. 

Strength in partnership 


North Yorkshire Sport relies on strong partnerships to make change because the scale of the challenge is too big for any single organisation to tackle alone. The levels of inactivity, obesity and inequalities are greater than they should be which is why we have been focusing so much of our efforts in working with others as ‘system leaders.’ This means learning together, being as generous as we can in sharing our practice and capabilities and working across sectors (education, health, employment as well as health) to make a difference. We could not do this without you. 

The future is community power 


As we recover from the pandemic, we believe that there is a latent strength and demand to improve wellbeing in each community across North Yorkshire and York. We will seek to ignite that potential through the way we work in different places and with different people. We continue to invest in the resolute paid and voluntary workforce in sports clubs and outdoor contexts who deliver great experiences every day of the year. And increasingly, we will work with the new community networks, hubs and groups eager to embed sport and physical activity in their local plans and offer. 

There is hope not helplessness 


As you read this report, despite the scale of the challenge, most of all I wish you to feel hope and optimism that together we can help more people feel well, healthy, happy  and living their best life. Thank you for everything you do with North Yorkshire Sport, your solidarity, and the things we are going to do in the years to come. 

Alan Graver,

Chair of North Yorkshire Sport


Our impact comes to life through the stories and testimonies of the people we work with and the places we work in, and these are explored later through our strategic goals. 


Levels of physical activity are dependent on a number of factors across systems and also down to individuals and their circumstances, meaning no single body can directly impact on them.  


That said, it is still important to understand and acknowledge the macro level trends in our sector.  In this opening chapter we explore some of the main measures and offer interpretation as to what they mean for the county.  We also examine the ways in which we seek to understand our sporting contexts, our workforce, and relationships with our partners to enable us to be more effective. 

Our Active Population

Active Lives Survey

The latest Active Lives Adult Survey report for the period of November 2020 – November 2021 tells us that while activity levels understandably dropped as a result of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, they then stabilised and are now starting to recover.


In North Yorkshire, the data shows no ‘statistically significant’ changes, but we can see that:


of the North Yorkshire population were ‘active’ compared to pre-pandemic levels of 67.7% (Nov 18-Nov 19)



were ‘inactive’ compared to pre-pandemic levels of 20.7% (Nov 18-Nov 19)

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of the North Yorkshire population were ‘fairly active’ compared to pre-pandemic levels of 11.5% (Nov 18-Nov 19)

The recovery is a testament to the work and investment that went into helping people stay active during a period of unprecedented restrictions.  However a broad range of inequalities, exacerbated by the pandemic, continue to contribute to low rates of physical activity, with 168,800 people in North Yorkshire doing less than 30 mins activity each week.  Our work continues to focus on the most inactive people and tackling the barriers that inhibit participation.  

Our Young People 

Active Lives Children and Young People Survey 

The latest survey of children and young people’s activity levels covers the academic year of September 2020 to July 2021, and includes the period of Covid19 restrictions impacting both indoor activity and organised outdoor activities during the autumn term, and then national lockdown during the spring term. 


Whilst the data shows no statistically significant changes across North Yorkshire, we can see that: 


(43,100) of children and young people are meeting the Chief Medical Officer guidelines of taking part in sport and physical activity for an average of 60 minutes or more every day compared to 44% (41,500) in 2018 /19, pre-pandemic.


(30,000) do less than an average of 30 minutes a day compared to 30.7% (28,900) pre pandemic.

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Rising inequalities 

Nationally, the survey gives valuable insights into the effects of the pandemic on young people.  Data collected over the last 12 months shows us that: 


  • Activity levels remain down compared to pre-pandemic but haven’t fallen further 


  • Children and young people from the least affluent families remain the least active 


  • Volunteering levels have decreased 


  • Individual development remains down for all age groups 


  • Loneliness has increased 


  • Children and young people are reporting fewer positive attitudes 

Growing Up in North Yorkshire Survey (GUNY) 

Despite the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 16,146 children and young people within our schools shared their perceptions and experiences through the latest biennial ‘Growing up in North Yorkshire’ survey (2020). The findings within the survey provide key insights into our children and young people’s perceptions and experiences in order to understand emerging needs and trends. 


The results present a decline in wellbeing scores across the age groups providing an insight into how the pandemic has affected our young people.  The findings “reinforce the need to continue to strive for the very best experiences in our schools and communities, with a focus on our most vulnerable children and young people.” (GUNY Report 2020)


Some of the key priorities highlighted by the report include:


  • Developing resilience and emotional wellbeing with a focus on responding to emerging needs following the pandemic


  • An inclusive and positive ethos and culture at school to ensure all pupils feel valued, safe and have a sense of belonging


  • Supporting and encouraging a healthy lifestyle


  • Supporting identified groups of young people who continue to have more negative outcomes against a wide range of indicators. These include in particular: Young Carers, Pupils receiving Free School Meals, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual pupils (LGB), Transgender pupils, Pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities, Pupils from single-parent families

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Our clubs and settings 

Through our annual Sporting Context Survey, we consult with clubs and settings to help us understand and address their key priorities and challenges. In doing so, we are helping to support a more sustainable sporting infrastructure, better positioned to broaden participation and tackle inequality. 


  • 43% of contexts (58), reported a membership increase over the last 12 months 


  • 30% (40) reported a decrease in membership 


  • 27% (36) reported that their membership had remained the same 


  • Changes in participant numbers and the effects of Covid 19 were the greatest influencers of all membership changes


  • Attracting more participants (85% of contexts) and attracting more volunteers (63%) were the most popular development goals. 


  • ‘Children and young people’, ‘women & girls’, and ‘families’ are the most actively targeted demographic groups. 


  • ‘People from disadvantaged backgrounds’, ‘Ethnically diverse communities’ and ‘women and girls’ are groups that contexts would most like to target. 

Responses by district (%)

Contexts told us they feel their workforce (paid and voluntary) is: 


representative of participants they serve



diverse in it's makeup



enough to meet demand

The results help us to support our contexts more effectively including the role of our Learning Community which has delivered online content to over 3000 learners since 2020.


Our Partnerships

Our stakeholder survey helps us to understand where we add value and how we can improve our partnerships to help us achieve our goals.  We consulted with 34 of our partners who fed back on their experiences of working with us over the last 12 months: 


(26) of our partners felt we had enabled them to do something quicker or more effectively than they might otherwise have done.


(28) of our stakeholders said working with North Yorkshire Sport had provided them with specific benefits that they might not otherwise be able to access elsewhere, at all, or as effectively.

“Our entire North Yorkshire Together project has only been possible - and so successful and effective - thanks to our partnership with NYS.”  Rural Arts 


“As  well as the amazing NY Together Partnership as mentioned above in the Feast work, they are also involved in support with the Afghan refugees and their response to provide meaningful activities and support in a relaxed and authentic way has been hugely beneficial The work with the refugees was greatly speeded up because of NYS attitude and their great working relationship with NY Youth”  North Yorkshire County Council


“NYS provide an understanding and insight into the unique physical activity needs of the populations of North Yorkshire and York"  OHID YH Region 


“We have been able to offer greater holiday provision for young people whilst also continuing our term time provision. We also accessed a mentor to supported us to gain confidence to begin the process of gaining charity status”  North Yorkshire Youth 


“Yes because no other organisation could do what they do - having such a broad focus on promoting sport and physical activity to the most 'in need' communities in NY.  For example, in our School Zone project (working with secondary schools in deprived areas)  NYS have been able to establish links with the schools and put on after school sessions for vulnerable pupils, to help address an identified need from that school.”  North Yorkshire County Council

The Future

Looking ahead, our partners told us they would like to continue to build upon the current good work and relationships we share: 


  • Working more closely to develop  / improve / widen the reach of our work  


  • Exploring the evolving role of NYS following local government reorganisation 


  • Continuing to develop strategic work & partnerships 

“I would like to explore further barriers that we have noticed. I think our project co-ordinator has a lot to offer from her conversations with families and it would be good to share this with you”  WEA Families Get Active


“I would like to work more closely with NYS in breaking down barriers and offering more opportunities to engage in sport especially with those who have negative experiences or barriers that prevent them from engaging especially in traditional sports clubs. Some young people we engage with display huge potential in excelling in some sports however we do not have the local opportunities for them to develop this or they have other barriers that prevent them from accessing or progressing.”  North Yorkshire Youth


“We welcome the continued engagement of NYS to develop strategic priorities for the YH region”  OHID YH Region 


Strategic Goal 1

To contribute to healthy, thriving communities across North Yorkshire

A broad range of inequalities can contribute to low rates of physical activity, and it’s important to try and understand those challenges in order to reduce inactivity and improve health and wellbeing.  Physical activity can be used as part of a collective solution to a range of issues and challenges that may be specific to a place, community, or individual and for that reason our work has evolved to become more targeted, place-based and collaborative.


The following case studies show how we have enabled communities to support more people to be active.

Supporting Families During School Holidays

Case Study: Holiday Activity and Food programme

The school holidays often present challenges for families whose children are in receipt of benefits related free school meals.  Holiday hunger and a lack of access to opportunities during school holidays can impact on those who would benefit the most.  The Department for Education have funded the Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF) to combat holiday hunger.  North Yorkshire County Council have commissioned North Yorkshire Together (or which North Yorkshire Sport are a part of) to deliver and develop the programme in the county under the umbrella of FEAST.  Over the last year over 45 activities were provided across the county, accessed by over 2500 young people.

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Improving Access to School Facilities

More young people have been able to access out of school provision across the county, rebuilding confidence, improving wellbeing and reversing worrying trends of reducing levels of physical activity. 


This was enabled through the Department for Education (DFE) investing in Opening School Facilities programme which saw us target over £155k to 13 secondary schools, 1 special school and 10 primary schools who demonstrated how the additional support would reach young people in most need. 

Case Study: Cheerleading at Clifton Green School 

“It has certainly built their confidence levels. To engage with adults they don't normally talk to, to work with children outside of their normal setting as well. It has given them that confidence and those communication skills.  I think the lifelong implication for them is also about mental health and wellbeing, particularly looking at children who can't access sport.” Nicky Jones (Head Teacher) 


Clifton Green Primary School applied for funding to establish a gymnastics and cheer-leading club for their pupils and the local community on three evening sessions per week. 


Clifton is an area of York with severe pockets of deprivation and many of the children at Clifton Green do not access extracurricular activities outside of school time due to affordability.  Our funding enabled children entitled to free school meals to access the sessions in their school hall, a familiar and comfortable venue.  

Participants told us:


“ I got an award which is a certificate and I was really proud of myself because I never thought I would get it” 


“Gymnastics makes me feel happy as well as a bit nervous because when I first went I didn’t really know anybody, but now I’m getting used to it.” 

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Case Study: Drumba at Michael Syddall School 

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“I love the fact that we can offer them things that they enjoy doing, that they want to take part in, that they will happily come back to school to do.” 
Neil Saunders, Deputy headteacher

We supported Michael Syddall CofE Primary School to establish a Drumba after-school club, targeted at current pupils, parents, and former pupils living locally whose parents and carers had expressed concern about their activity levels and isolation during the pandemic.  


The school recognised that the pandemic had resulted in local people's confidence, physical fitness, and resilience reducing, whilst social isolation had increased. The ambition was for the school to become a hub to enable the community to recover from the effects of the pandemic, by providing a familiar space to start re-connecting and becoming more active.  

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The kids told us: 


"You can be active at home and at school and you don’t have to think about other things when you’re doing drumba because all you really have to think about are the moves and the song”


“At the start of it you feel drained then when you start doing it you just have so much more energy” 

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Expanding Our Reach to Develop People

Case Study: Yorkshire & Humber Learning Community

Case Study: Yorkshire & Humber Learning Community

Case Study: Yorkshire & Humber Learning Community

2021 to 2022 saw Yorkshire & Humber Learning Community (YHLC) delivering content to even more learners. Since March 2020, over 3000 people have accessed content from our online platform with over 5,300 learning options taken. Feedback remains incredibly positive.


Our community provides a more informal, bitesize model of learning designed to tackle falling face to face course numbers, while supporting more of the workforce to engage in learning and development.  At the start of 2021, the Sport England Workforce Innovation funding that initially supported its creation came to an end.  We continued to see great benefit in the offer and agreed to maintain its funding in a continued collaboration with two other active partnerships, Active Humber and Yorkshire Sport Foundation. 


of learners saying that they will change or implement something as a result



say they are more confident



say they are better skilled



say they are more capable

During this year, our learning community has extended to include two more Active Partnerships: RISE and Active Gloucestershire, who told us: 


“I wasn’t expecting to find an almost perfect version of what we needed [Active Communities learning] so quickly.” 


“We value the importance of the YHLC as a platform which meets the needs of both the traditional and non-traditional workforce, providing them with suitable and appropriate learning opportunities, delivered in suitable bitesize workshops. Being part of the YHLC allows us an Active Partnership to promote consistent messaging and training relating to physical activity delivery and we feel this type of training platform fills a gap in the market.” 

Our Top Modules

We’ve also continued to: 

Support and work with other Active Partnerships where they can benefit from accessing learning for their area’s workforce and also add value to the content.  

Develop existing relationships and create new connections to deliver valuable content to learners. For example, StreetGames have worked to create their second online learning module with us entitled; ‘working with Underserved Communities’. Stonewall have also supported us to create online learning in LGBTQ+ Inclusion.  

Work and consult with school PE specialists, experts and community settings to ensure that learning is relevant and real.  

Carry out in depth work with schools to test learning and launch two further modules aimed at supporting teachers and young people. 

Our learners told us: 


“I will make session more easily accessible, look at bus routes and after school clubs.” 


“I have a greater understanding to barriers and participation, ways to be more supportive and encouraging.” 


“I will share this training with teachers.” 


“I will be more aware of what my target audience want to see on social media.” 

Supporting our Community Settings to Grow 

Case Study: Gallows Close

“Before North Yorkshire Sport stepped in, we felt very overwhelmed with how big the centre was growing, we were worried that there was a lack of skill set to ensure the centre was being run correctly and safely. We are now moving forward, and this is down to all the organisations which have offered their time and skills to support the centre.” Kimmie Avison, Gallows Close Centre 


We facilitated a range of support to enable Gallows Close Centre to strengthen and improve as demand for their services increased. Early in 2021, an informal conversation with the community setting around volunteer and funding advice, highlighted some concerns which if left unaddressed, could impact the organisation negatively.   Whilst the setting was amazing at fundraising, it was done in a reactive way, so they went from funding pot to funding pot.  There also wasn’t a large staff team, so many roles fell to a couple of people and a small pool of volunteers.  As the work of the organisation grew, the existing ways of working posed a risk to staff wellbeing.   


We identified that Gallows would benefit from some expertise to support them.  We matched them up with an experienced mentor who worked closely to unpick some of the identified issues and was able to make some recommendations: 



Mentor Carol Lewis told us:  


"The centre offers invaluable support and activities to the local community; they have a great reputation and over the years have been tenacious and creative in finding funding and support to continue to provide their services. However, they had recognised that for all the success they were vulnerable without clear plans and actions to secure a longer-term sustainable future. As a mentor I was able to work with the organisation to help them identify their strengths, areas for improvements and priorities, supporting them to produce a realistic action plan that would strengthen the organisation and lead to a more sustainable future. Having a clear vision and plan assisted them to secure the further help and expertise which is required to enable them to deliver priorities and actions”

We recognised the expertise of our partners Stronger Communities and Community First Yorkshire, who also supported with additional resource to develop action, business and funding plans.  


Gallows Close plays such an important role in the community, and we wanted to make sure it had a strong future. There are massive hearts at work here, but the setting needed time to pause and strengthen and we knew we had a strong network to draw upon for advice and guidance. The external support has been mindful to strengthen and move the organisation forward without losing the essence of what they are about and the energy and passion that exists for being engaged and embedded within their community. 

Kimmie Avison, the centre manager at Gallows Close told us:  


“We would like to say a big thank you to the NYS team for supporting the centre through a difficult time.  What began as a small business has grown into a full action packed organisation supporting all walks of life.  We never imagined the hard work of our team would become an important role in supporting local families and young people in need. We are the hidden little gem that keeps on giving and providing essential support, activities and enhancing community life. NYS signposted the centre to different organisations which have all offered a variety of different support and skill sets to ensure we are running the centre correctly. We have been lucky to receive funding to employ an office manager who is already making changes”  

Strategic Goal 2

The Great Outdoors - To use the natural environment as a catalyst for wider health improvements


Spending time in green space and with nature can benefit both mental and physical health and since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the outdoors has played an even more important role in maintaining our wellbeing.


In North Yorkshire, the outdoors is our greatest asset and we have used an asset based approach to encourage more people in North Yorkshire to be active in the outdoors. Our work has included:

Engaging In The Outdoors Through Canicross

Case Study: Dalby Forest Canicross


Our Canicross events have continued to grow in popularity, gaining a lot of attention from the public and within the Canicross community.  In 2021/22 a series of four Canicross events were delivered in Dalby Forest and attended by 190 people and their canine companions. The aim is to ensure that events are inclusive to all abilities and the experience of being in the forest becomes a focus point of the participants.   


The events have been attended by regular runners but there has also been an increase in those trying the sport and attending the forest for the first time, recruited from word of mouth, local social prescribing, and online groups.   

With the mix of new and older participants there has been fantastic social element observed at the events and the sharing of knowledge resources and support has encouraged runners to explore how they could start their own local clubs.   

Participants told us: 

“Coming the Dalby Forest Canicross events is amazing for me and Rose. I loved the welcoming spirit and the opportunity to run with likeminded people. We enjoy the challenge to get out and be free in the forest it’s great for both our wellbeing. It’s taken me a while since the lockdown to get where I am now and the Canicross has played a big part in that” 


"We just wanted to say a massive thank you for the event today & all who helped making it possible. The course was superb, epic views and conditions. Myself, my wife & daughter all ran as well as a close friend and our dogs loved the water and dog treat at the end. We stayed , had coffee, bought some merchandise and just thoroughly enjoyed the morning."

“We really enjoyed our first Canicross, so much better organised than a lot of road races I've run!” 


"Spud and I had a fabulous time and can't wait for our next race. I thought the organisation was excellent and the whole atmosphere was so welcoming and friendly."


“Thanks so much for a great event the start went much more smoothly and I had no need to worry! There was plenty of space for my nervous dog so we could queue without her feeling anxious which was great. I loved to route as well was an amazing place to run. 

I would definitely do this race again.” 


Alistair’s Story: 


“The Dalby Forest Canicross event has been really significant in the development of Canicross. I attended the September 2021 Dalby Forest Canicross event with my cocker spaniel Leo and my family and friends. We had a great time and I quickly realised that this was a sport I really enjoyed and wanted to develop further. 


I am a PE teacher and therefore getting people interested in sport is a real passion of mine. In October 2021 I became a Dogfit qualified Canicross instructor and I set up a Canicross training group on Facebook. This group has now grown to include over 125 participants and we regularly organise Canicross group runs. 


I am so grateful to the Dalby Forest Canicross event. I recently finished second overall in the Canix National Championships and I owe this level of success to the Dalby Forest Canicross event.” 

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Wellbeing Walks for Health Improvement

Case Study: Ramblers Wellbeing Walks North Yorkshire

A network of new walk leaders and walking groups have been established over the last year, providing citizens of North Yorkshire the opportunity to better access friendly, inclusive community walks within easy reach of where they live.


The Ramblers Wellbeing Walks partnership programme is being led by North Yorkshire Sport, and delivered in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and the Ramblers Association. 


We have created and nurtured a network of partners to support each other and share good practice and learning. 

William Gedye, Administrator, Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Richmondshire, told us: 


" The big benefit is to work with North Yorkshire Sport’s network of agencies to get the people who really need the walks onto our beginner’s level. We are very pleased to have been supported through this by NYCC and North Yorkshire Sport” 

Over the last six months, we have promoted walks and volunteering opportunities, and delivered a series of Walk Leaders training to both new volunteers and those transitioning to join ‘Wellbeing Walks North Yorkshire’. This upskilling of the current workforce has enhanced current provision and provided further opportunities for walking activity for all within the community.   


The partnership has helped individuals to gain confidence and knowledge, enabling social contact whilst spending time in nature.  


Key achievements of the partnership include:

Tackling inactivity in the community through engaging with audiences who would benefit most from walking and joining the programme. An example of this can be seen in Scarborough through the newly established ‘Step Out’ walking group, targeting individuals who may feel loneliness or isolation. 

Ensuring walks are accessible and open to all through proactively identifying and removing barriers so that more people can access and start walking.  

Delivering a programme of short group walks that are safe and regular across the North Yorkshire district areas, with a range of durations and locations. 

Commitment as a partnership to delivering long-term change acting as great advocates across the district areas for the power of walking, wellbeing and tackling inactivity across the region. 


“I get a lot of exercise; I get to meet a lot of people. Different people come on each walk and you hear their stories and have different conversations all the time. Apart from the physical benefits of walking there is a sense that coming out for a walk and a chat and being with other people in an organised and friendly group is a great benefit to people.”  Graeme Barber, a walk leader for  Ramblers Wellbeing Walks 

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Strategic Goal 3

To contribute to children and young people fulfilling their potential and feeling healthy and happy


Sport and physical activity can contribute to children and young people having a healthy start in life, be a key element of education and support a happy family life. 


As well as supporting programmes which target young people who are typically less active, we also work to influence organisations and systems to build physical activity in to how they operate.  


Some examples of our work include:

Supporting System Change in the Education Sector

Case Study: Archbishop of York's Church of England Junior School

“I enjoy how it is not all about physical skills and it is now more inclusive” Tessa, Year 5 


We have prioritised helping schools to develop physical literacy and use sport and physical activity to support wider whole school improvement priorities such as behaviour, attendance, and attainment. 


Amy Roberts, who was soon to be the new PE lead at Archbishop of York Junior school, had been looking for ways to improve wellbeing in school  and attended the Sports Leaders Level 4 course, ‘supporting pupils wellbeing through Physical Education’.  As a result of the course the school began to view the subject through a ‘holistic’ lens with every PE lesson now having a focus on at least two elements from physical, cognitive, social, or emotional development.  Quite quickly Amy noted: 

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Amy told us: 


“This has allowed every child to have success and more importantly they are able to verbalise and reflect on their own successes.  Bringing the four focused areas to the forefront has enabled children of all abilities to take a more open-minded approach to physical education” 

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Supporting Young People with Autism to be 'Fighting Fit'

Case Study: Fighting Fit Coaching

“It has enabled us to lower the barrier to participation that would otherwise prohibit autistic children from attending.”


Our support has helped more autistic young people to experience boxing in suitable, adaptive environment.  Father of three autistic children and founder of ‘Fighting Fit Coaching’, Dean, is well aware of the adaptations required to provide positive experiences of physical activity for autistic young people and also sees the many benefits of participation. He identified a gap in provision and developed an autism-specific boxing session employing his own knowledge and experiences, but the sessions had limited capacity due to the adaptations needed and the original venue size.  


Dean worked with us to access our Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF).  With our support, this investment  has allowed the sessions to grow; enabling access to a more suitable venue, purchasing equipment to remove barriers for the children, developing staff and volunteers through training, and producing more appropriate and targeted marketing to reach out to the intended audience. 

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Engaging Young People in Positive Community Activities

Over the last 12 months we have worked to support young people at risk of offending into positive community activity, using sport and physical activity interventions.  So far, we have enabled: 

Over the last 12 months we have worked to support young people at risk of offending into positive community activity, using sport and physical activity interventions.  So far, we have enabled: 


young people to access mentoring


young people to recieve a group intervention

Collaborating with North Yorkshire police and a range of partner referral agencies, our ‘Stepping Up’ project has seen positive engagement and the programme has adapted and learned a lot within its first year.  In many cases, working with the young people highlighted the need to build their confidence, motivation, and interpersonal skills prior to them taking part in community activity.   


young people to access a physical activity intervention

Case Study: Billy and Louis

We have recently supported Billy & Louis from York. Concerns were initially raised by their school and on referral it was found that Louis had three previous Anti-Social Behaviour reports on NYP systems and there were behavioural concerns for both brothers in school. Their attendance was starting to decline, and both were at risk of school exclusion. Billy and Louis’ Dad had a terminal cancer diagnosis and life within the family home was difficult.  


It was hoped that positive activity would assist the students with school engagement, mental wellbeing and increase aspirations. It was feared that Billy in particular could easily choose a path of risk and be influenced by negative peers. After giving mum a call, she was keen to try anything to help her boys.   


Billy was very keen on basketball but due to current anxiety would not thrive in group environments, especially around "tough" kids. Mum thought that engaging with James (our Athlete Mentor) who had achieved so highly in his sport would reignite Billy’s love and hopefully allow him to re-enter a group environment.  


Louis’ love was football, but with problems at home he felt he couldn’t pursue this due to the pressure that the costs and travel would add to home life. He recently explained that he’d had the potential for a trial at Leeds United and turned this down; this is something we are looking to support him with. 


Sadly their father has since passed away, but both boys continue to thrive in both the community and school. All initial behavioural, ASB and school exclusion concerns have subsided. School felt the consistent support and mentoring provided by Stepping Up had been huge and positively impactive on both students. Having a sports activity where you can confidentially speak to a trusted adult and enable emotional regulation has been everything in keeping them on track despite all they have faced at home. 

Improving the physical and mental wellbeing of our young people

Case Study: Achieve

"The programme has made me come to school and be excited about the day"  


Our ‘Achieve’ intervention focusses on improving resilience, self-confidence and both physical and mental wellbeing in young people.  After a successful bid to the Community Investment Fund, we delivered four secondary programmes and eight primary programmes within three of Richmondshire District Councils target growth areas; Colburn, Hipswell and Richmond. 


For primary projects we focussed on years five and six to support the transition period from primary to secondary school.  Despite Covid 19 challenges all programmes were adapted and delivered with 241 young people taking part and 211 completing the full programme. 

The project utilised a strong young person-centred approach and drew on local insight. At the time of the application, the Growing up in North Yorkshire survey told us that 5% of year pupils have a low wellbeing score, and 18% have a low resilience score, which increases to 29% for those on free school meals. At secondary school age 8% have a low wellbeing score and 44% have a low resilience score (rising to 64% on free school meals).


Participants completed questionnaires on week 1 and week 12 of the intervention combined with further questions on what they enjoyed most, how they’ve developed as a person, what could be improved etc to allow us to ensure the programme was meeting the needs of the young people: 


young people (71%) reported an increased resilience score with the average score rising from 21.8 to 24.5 (out of a total of 34). 

"It made me more confident and not always winning or being the best is ok because I still succeed"  


"I learned not to give up"  


"They have made me feel more confident about my activities and try more harder."  


"Made me more confident with doing things in front of people" 


"It helped me with my self-confidence by showing that people don't care"  


young people (84%) reported an increased mental wellbeing score; the average score rose from 44.6 to 52.3 – measured on the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale. 

"I feel more positive because the activities make me feel good" 


"I have learnt to be positive in what I do and towards others" 


"I feel so much happier" 


"I enjoyed myself and forgot my worries for a while" 


young people (55%) reported an increase in physical activity levels (65 stayed the same).

"Some days at home I'm just on my phone or PS4 but after the lessons I try and use what I've learnt in my life and be more active." 


young people (63%) reported a more positive attitude towards physical activity on completion of the project. The score increased from 10.4 to 12 out of 15.  

"I feel more positive because the activities make me feel good" 


"I have learnt to be positive in what I do and towards others" 


"I feel so much happier" 


"I enjoyed myself and forgot my worries for a while" 


secondary school pupils gained a first aid qualification. 

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Strategic Goal 4

To support improvements in the health and economic stability of work age adults and families


Supporting adults to be more physically active can have multiple benefits: improving health and wellbeing, increasing employability, and creating stronger families, thus ensuring that children and young people are given a healthy start in life.  


Our work covers transition to adulthood, integration of refugee families, supporting wellbeing as a foundation to employment and encouraging a healthy lifestyle as adults.  Some examples of our work are as follows:

Supporting Sustainable Clubs 

Case Study: Fitmums and Friends


“I was very nervous when I sent them a message to say ‘can I come along’, they were very friendly on my first day and that’s probably 4.5 years ago!” 


Fitmums and Friends running groups have been providing a fun, friendly and safe space for almost 7 years in North Yorkshire. 


North Yorkshire Sport supported an expansion of the Fitmums clubs in to York and Harrogate, and the clubs have been driven by a strong volunteer base and have become sustainable.


The impact of the groups has been sustained, surviving the challenges posed by Covid 19. 


This video highlights the impact that Fitmums and Friends is having on its members and volunteers. 

Watch the video

Supporting Long Term Conditions Through Physical Activity

Case Study: Boxing for Parkinson's


“I am becoming increasingly aware of the contribution this programme has made to my ability to manage my symptoms; for example not needing to increase the dosage of my Parkinson’s medication over the past 6 months” 

Boxing for Parkinson's participant

We have enabled people with early onset Parkinson's to manage their condition using physical activity. 


Parkinson's is a progressive, degenerative neurological condition with a wide spectrum of symptoms including tremor, slowness in movement, dexterity, and cognitive behaviour. Regular exercise is key in helping to manage the symptoms, yet there are very few opportunities to take part in accessible, condition specific activity. 


We supported Parkinson's UK (Harrogate) and BigKat Gym with Tackling Inequalities funding to establish Boxing sessions at Bilton Wellbeing Hub in Harrogate.  The sessions were designed to build & maintain strength, mobility and flexibility whilst providing a social network where participants could connect with others living with Parkinson’s. 

Participants told us how being physically active is helping them to manage their condition: 


“I moved to Harrogate eighteen months ago and through NHS referral, discovered the Parkinson’s exercise classes and the boxing training. The class teachers are very knowledgeable and highly motivated. Training courses cover both physical and cognitive skills. I attended 3 one hour classes per week and am probably fitter than I’ve ever been” 


“This high intensity programme is like a form of complementary medicine that actually works in tandem with the medication prescribed by my doctor. A great help in managing my symptoms” 


“The trainer Chanelle is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a tonic to be around” 


“The class is excellent in that they provide a good variety of movement and can be performed at any level” 

“I really enjoy the boxing. Chanelle expects us to work hard as she would with anyone”  


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Wellbeing as a foundation toward employment

Case Study: Action Towards Inclusion

The power of physical activity and sport can help support health and wellbeing and develop confidence and other essential life skills, which is fundamental for many adults who face barriers to employment and accessing training. 

The ATI programme offers personalised support to help adults that have physical, psychological, financial and/or skills-related challenges that are barriers to them working. We provide one-to-one support through dedicated mentors (and also specialist interventions if required) to improve the circumstances of unemployed and economically inactive people.  


Over the last year we have worked with 17 adults to support their various needs and have supported 5 into employment and 6 into education which is life changing.  


Bob’s Story: 

Bob is on the autistic spectrum and struggles with the written word. His passion is history and reading (particularly horror and ghost stories).


After initially meeting in a café, we moved to ’walk and talk’ sessions to increase his physical activity levels and as a result Bob also started walking to our meetings.  


He volunteered at a local library and at museums in their archive department. He also helped with the delivery of ‘ghost walks’. Building on these experiences and after a knock back from an interview, with our support Bob  decided to take the leap and return to education.


He applied to study History and was successful in securing a place. He is enjoying his studies and is still able to volunteer in his local area.

Supporting work aged adults to 'Get On Track'

My mental and physical health is in a lot better place than it was eighteen months ago and overall, I can look after myself a lot better now”


Get on Track uses sport and physical activity to help 16–25-year-olds to gain the skills, confidence, and opportunities to get a job, go to college or take on an apprenticeship, with the help of athlete mentors.  This programme was even more important during the Covid 19 pandemic and the programme delivery pivoted to an online programme which engaged 19 young people, of which 8 were classed as completed. 


The evaluation of the programme showed some significant improvements in outcomes for the participants, notably: 


• 50% of participants were moderately active pre programme. Post programme nearly 90% had become moderately active or moved up to active. 


•  Confidence around goal setting and employment, education or training had both increased significantly  


• Average indicator scores across the Short Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale increased across all indicators. 


Get on Track participant, Will told us:     


“There are still things I’m working on but I’m definitely in a better place than I was before I started Get on Track. I’m clearer now in what I want to do and I’m looking forward to working towards becoming a music teacher or teaching assistant "


"I would highly recommend this programme. It’s not just because of the friendly people involved but it really can help people progress and resolve any ongoing issues they might have.”  

Strategic Goal 5

To contribute to people ageing well and staying younger for longer


Physical activity levels fall with age, with the sharpest decrease evident from age 75+.  We know that being physically active can contribute to healthy ageing and can help prevent or delay conditions, as well as supporting the rehabilitation. Over the last 12 months our work has focussed on supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of our older population, to help with the recovery from the affects of the pandemic.

Combatting Loneliness and Supporting Independence in York

Case Study: Walking Football York

Older people were some of the most affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, and for the participants of York Citys Football Foundations’ walking football programme, they instantly lost a regular outlet to be active and the social connection with others. 


We supported York City Foundation to access TIF Funding to deliver an Active at Home project and to create a 14 week support Intervention for older people with long term health conditions.  The project supported 60 older people who had become inactive who were previous walking football participants. 


The foundation ran a face-to-face home visits programme and virtual zoom sessions and virtual challenges.  They created a WhatsApp group to foster a sense of group and connection.  Participants were found to have reduced exercise tolerance and stamina, compromised balance, altered posture and loss of extension and pain care in joints. 


 At review, participants reported:  

improvement in balance

ability to do daily tasks with more ease 

ability to walk further pain free

increased motivation to be active

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Embedding ‘Get Moving’ into the health system  

Case Study: Get Moving

“Clients have told me it was really refreshing and really motivating to have a physio so full of enthusiasm and full of life, but also came and really knew what they were talking about and didn’t just give off the generic exercises.” 


Our insight and local intelligence showed that many older residents had been negatively impacted through the pandemic after shielding for long periods of time.  This had resulted in deconditioning and a lack of confidence in going about daily tasks both inside and outside the home. 


Acting on this insight we worked with practitioners to understand where a short-term physical activity intervention in the home could help develop strength and balance and improve confidence. 


Following a successful application to the National Lottery, we recruited a team of qualified therapeutic exercise instructors who would work on an individual basis in the home of the participants, delivering eight bespoke but progressive sessions. 


To ensure the service benefitted those who needed it most, we implemented a referral mechanism from services such as the social prescribers who had a holistic understanding of each individual and were able to match the right type of person to the programme. 

Callum Neave, a Social Prescribing Link Worker for the My Health Practices in York, told us: 


“I’ve used the Get Moving home exercise programme run by NYS on several occasions with my patients and I’ve found them to be a really invaluable resource in my work to improve my patients home lives through non-medical intervention. The work done by the folks at NYS has given my patients more confidence more strength, more mobility, and therefore more freedom in their homelives which is really what it’s all about for us. 


“Referring into the service is really really easy. You can tell when you speak to Simon and anyone at the service that they really have the patients’ best interests at heart and they want to give patients the right service, you can tell it’s really custom made for each patient which the patients love.” 


“Two of my patients have asked to take on the physio, Karen, privately because they found her input so beneficial and so worthwhile.  They really made it custom to the patients as a lot are quite frail or have some kind of disability so they can’t to certain things. So the work put in by Simon and Karen and everyone else made sure that they really got the most out of the programme, so I really couldn’t recommend them enough.” 


of all the participants involved became more confident or maintained the same confidence or in their day-to-day tasks and physical ability. 


of all participants saw their confidence score improve over the 4-week period. 

Peggy's Story: 


A letter from Peggy’s daughter was received explaining how grateful she is. Peggy’s goal was to get into her daughter’s car to go for a coffee, as she has not been able to do this in the last 18 months. Peggy has now been able to get into the car after her 4-week exercise plan. 

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Connecting Through Physical Activity in Rural Areas

Case Study: Revival North Yorkshire

Revival North Yorkshire CIC have been providing older & vulnerable people in the Esk Valley and surrounding moor & villages with access to physical activity and exercise sessions that have helped build their strength, reduce the risk of falls, encourage positive thinking and help build inner confidence. Many of their participants have long term health conditions, disabilities, are carers for spouses and/or are isolated through having few, if any, family living locally.  


North Yorkshire Sport supported Revival to deliver a programme of home visits that has supported many participants to be able to return to their community based group exercise sessions. The impact on the participants is huge, with most being unable to return to face to face activity without Revivals support. This video shows the difference that the project has made to the participants and the organisation. 

One participant told us: 


“The sessions have made a big difference to my mental health, helping to reduce my depression and helping me keep moving”


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Strategic Goal 6

To strengthen our organisational sustainability and maintain the principles of good governance and industry standards


The essential foundations for the charity to carry out its work include strong and robust governance, a committed and happy staff team, thriving stakeholder relationships and maintaining industry recognised standards.


The charity is governed in line with the charities commission and at Tier 3 of the Code for Sports Governance.

The charity is governed in line with the charities commission and at Tier 3 of the Code for Sports Governance.

Our most recent independent review of our governance was in 2020 and concluded that


“North Yorkshire Sport is operating at Tier 3 of the Code for Sports Governance. The authors of this report have confidence that the organisation’s appetite for excellence ensures that the recommendations contained in this report will support further refinements of the existing high standards of governance and enable any improvements to be embedded within the organisation’s culture and practice for the longer term.”

As well as reviewing our current arrangements ,the report made recommendations for improvement, which have been adopted into a formal improvement plan, with all actions completed and signed off by trustees.

People - Staff and Stakeholders

A happy and productive staff team

Our people are our greatest asset. The team has expanded in number, with 17 full time equivalent members of staff (up from 16 last year). The increase in number has also brought with it a much greater diversity of staff team, with colleagues bringing different perspectives from their previous roles (including education, early help and public health) as well as their own lived experience.


From our staff survey we found that:




of our staff team know what the core purpose of the organisation is

of our staff team agree they are supported to work flexibly to achieve the outcomes of their role

of the staff team feel they are encouraged to express opinions and ideas and they are listened to

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Additionally we have identified some areas for improvement:

There has been a decrease from 95% to 86% of staff who feel the culture of team working is embedded within the organisation

There has also been a decrease from 95% to 79% of staff feeling supported by their colleagues.

Our Net Promoter Score has decreased slightly to 43

Our follow up with the staff has shown that the organisation has had its most significant change in staffing over the last year with 8 new colleagues joining the team and this needs time to adapt to the different styles and ways of working.

Feedback from colleagues was still positive about the value of the team:


“I feel we are supported well within the organisation my colleagues and Senior Leadership Team. I like the fact the organisation offer a flexibility policy which really assists with family life. There is an element and understanding of trust which ensures performance is high! Less stress and greater productivity.”


“The positive culture of team working and the fact that the staff team are mainly focused on making a difference to people.  Also the variety of the job role means it does not ever feel repetitive.”


“It is a very supportive and rewarding place to work.”

This was endorsed by the instructor at a team away day who had this to say about working with North Yorkshire Sport:

The value of stakeholder relationships

We are part of different systems in our place and are a recognised asset and anchor organisation in the voluntary sector.  Our impact is more than our team of people, it is interdependent with our work with our stakeholders.  We achieve so much more working collaboratively, thinking about long term sustainable change.


We capture feedback on the following headline areas to assess our stakeholder value:

  • Understanding stakeholders needs and supporting them effectively

  • Working practices and collaboration

How we evaluate our work with stakeholders

How we evaluate our work with stakeholders

How we evaluate our work with stakeholders

Over the last year we have used the following methods to capture stakeholder feedback:

  • Annual stakeholder survey (34 responses)

  • Regular contact and informal feedback

Overall Stakeholder Satisfaction

We use the Net Promoter Score (NPS) to provide a headline metric to indicate the value that we have to our stakeholders and shows an increase from the previous year and reflects greater feelings of satisfaction from our partners.

Understanding Stakeholders Needs and supporting effectively

We understand that our role in North Yorkshire is about how we contribute and influence other agendas in the county.  A critical skill is our ability to listen and understand our stakeholders and collectively work through the solutions together.


82% (28) of our stakeholders said working with North Yorkshire Sport had provided them with specific benefits that they might not otherwise be able to access elsewhere, at all, or as effectively, compared to 81% in 2020.


With the top 3 areas of benefit cited as:



Creating partnerships, links and opportunities



Access to, and brokering, funding



Expertise and knowledge of the landscape

This reflects positively on the shift to working more in systems and less in delivery of programmes, with feedback from our annual stakeholder survey including these comments on how they have benefitted from working with us:


Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

"Ability to work with local partners at place"


North Yorkshire County Council

"Links with Sport England, perception as an honest broker in various relationships, ability to access different funding streams"

When asked to rate what had gone well over the previous 12 months, they key themes for the stakeholder survey were:


• The support from the NYS staff team


• Adapting through uncertainty (support and funding)


• Providing ideas and inspiration to partners


• Communication and coordination


•Collaboration / joint partnerships / connecting local organisations to opportunities


•Reaching the most vulnerable groups


• Leadership

Working Practices and Collaboration

How we work is as important as what we do. 

Our relationships are based on values and behaviours. 

Our stakeholder survey feedback showed that:




(34) report that there is trust and respect for each other

(34) report that we have a clear shared purpose for why we work together

(33) report that we collaborate around the shared purpose as a starting point to our relationship


(33) report that we are driven by tackling inequalities

With the following comments highlighting how it has felt for our stakeholders:

With the following comments highlighting how it has felt for our stakeholders:

NY Inclusive School Sport Partnership

“Collaborative working has worked well,  they have listened to feedback and acted on it.”


Brimhams Active (Harrogate)

“North Yorkshire Sport have been important in establishing a network of leisure operators to discuss prevailing issues and to work collaboratively on progressive developments.”

Building on this, 53% (18) of our stakeholders would describe the maturity of our relationship as ‘collaboration’, which is a slight decrease (57%) from last year, however the shift is positive away from being described as coexistence or coordination.

Building on this, 53% (18) of our stakeholders would describe the maturity of our relationship as ‘collaboration’, which is a slight decrease (57%) from last year, however the shift is positive away from being described as coexistence or coordination.

(we work together towards a shared purpose)

(we work together with the same end goal)

(we help you achieve your goals)

(one determines what the other does)

(we work in the same area)

Stakeholder Testimony – David Sharp (Chief Executive of North Yorkshire Youth)

Working Practices and Collaboration

It is our ambition to secure inward investment into North Yorkshire and to influence investment within the county to be prioritised for sport and physical activity.  When consulted, 91% (31) of our stakeholders agree or strongly agree that we are the lead organisation to influence investment into the county.

Successes and Learning

We are delighted to share some of our successes in influencing investment, primarily in to North Yorkshire Sport for the benefit of our people and places.  We also reflect on some of the learning that make up the key ingredients of success that helped us to secure that funding.


Over the last year, we have confirmed a 5 year ‘System Partners’ award  from Sport England, providing crucial stability to the organisation as we play our part in ‘Uniting the Movement’.  Sport England have also invested through us to support ongoing delivery of the School Games and to support local schools to complete the Active Lives Childrens Survey, as well as continuing to invest in us to reach those communities most in need through the Together fund.


We also use our place in our system to lever in further investment to physical activity and sport, as outlined below:

Support Autistic Children to be More Active

Driven by our desire to reduce inequalities, we examined the trends around young people in the county with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and this told us that the number of young people with communication and interaction challenges was high and was also forecast to rise at the highest rate in the coming years, with the biggest increases in autistic young people.


We determined that Autism was an area for us to develop our understanding in more detail and learn from young people, support staff and other practitioners to see where physical activity and sport could play a supporting role.


We began by speaking to colleagues in the inclusion team at North Yorkshire County Council, learning more about their work.  This enabled further conversations with more locally based SEND hubs across the county and a chance

to explore more locally what provision was in place, identify any gaps and any other need and demand.


At the same time the North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were looking to commission provision of respite care for families of autistic young people over the school holidays and approached us to see if we would be able to mobilise a programme starting in summer 2022.  Our response resulted in an award of £22k to provide in excess of 150 supported days for autistic children attending holiday activities that they previously would not have been able to access.


Reflecting on this we can trace this investment back to our first steps of using insight to determine a priority and then seeking to understand and learn more about it.  Our stakeholders value when we take the time to understand their needs and priorities.  Additionally we didn’t jump straight to a solution either, with a preference on working through together how we may influence and affect the broader system that supports autistic young people and their families.  Finally we know that this programme will provide some valuable support, but it also represents an opportunity to further our learning and insight and build closer relationships with autistic young people, their families and practitioners.

Helping Harrogate to be ‘Community Fit'

We are increasingly demonstrating the role of physical activity as a force for health and social good.  Inspired by other models which combined running and activity with volunteering to do good things in a place, Community Fit was born in partnership with Harrogate and Community District Action (HADCA). 


The collaboration between our 2 charities saw HADCA working with the local community and their existing HELP programme sourcing activities and tasks, with NYS bringing the active element.


During the development phase of building the model, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System had made strategic commitments to the voluntary sector in each of their places as part of the Harnessing the Power of Communities (HPoC) programme.  The Harrogate place fund was managed by Community First Yorkshire.

Community Fit was part of the Harrogate proposal and was successfully awarded £49k to run a 2 year pilot programme of Community Fit.


Reflecting on the award we know that the partnership was successful because it involved 2 organisations with commonality of purpose who were playing to their own strengths.  We were also engaging other local partners, including Community First Yorkshire, throughout the design and development stages, with the relationship being collaborative throughout which resulted in strong engagement and understanding of the project.

Continuous Improvement and Learning and Development 


"Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection" Mark Twain


Improvement and learning go hand in hand and are the foundations on which North Yorkshire Sport can build on to have more impact on more people.   


Reflecting back on our journey as an organisation, we historically felt more pressure to have answers and solutions, without acknowledging that we were trying to address complex issues with simple solutions. 


Our approach has evolved and organisationally we are practicing much more of a growth mindset, striving to learn and improve individually, organisationally and systemically, and acknowledging the complexity of what we are trying to achieve. 


Through this report we commit publicly to an annual improvement plan, outlining our strategic focus on where we can make the most significant improvements and creating accountability for those identified actions.  This process starts by looking at what we have achieved already. 

Reflecting on the previous year 

In our last impact report we committed to the following 8 actions.  This is our progress against these actions: 


Improvement Action 

Governance - Strengthen the joint working between board and staff, including involvement of staff and board in development of future work (e.g. appraisals).

We have held a series of joint staff/board sessions to focus on the refresh of the North Yorkshire Sport Strategy and to explore the mission, vision and values of the charity.

Refresh the NYS stakeholder map and produce action plan for engagement.

We have determined the breadth of stakeholders is so vast that we will produce stakeholder maps for themes of work (EG Children and young people).  An organisational stakeholder improvement plan will be created.  We are allowing additional time to develop this as a result of changes in Local Government and health. 

To replicate the process we followed to develop the CYP plan to further develop thematic plans for workforce / people, families and older people. 

Draft plans have been produced and will be reviewed against the outcome of the organisational strategy refresh (due for completion August 2022).

Determine our future working relationships as a result of the outcome of Local Government Reorganisation.

We have supported the working groups around Culture, Leisure and Sport to provide an external perspective and to help champion the role of sport and physical activity across other work strands.  This action remains live and will be over a longer period of time. 

To develop an organisational learning culture and subsequent development plan. 

We have defined the purpose of our learning and development culture and appointed a board champion and discussed learning as a board and staff team. 

An organisational learning plan will be produced for summer of 2022.

To enhance our communications to include sharing success, review of the website and partner facing activities.

We have determined that a structural review of our website is necessary as it does not reflect our work in the way that it could. 


Internally we are sharing more of our work in team meetings and additionally have set up a ‘blow your own trumpet’ teams channel where staff can share successes. 


There is still work to do around our external facing activities and ensuring our partners are fully aware of the breadth of our work. 

To develop a more dynamic ways of capturing feedback and learning and highlighting the impact of our work.

The staff team have explored more dynamic ways of capturing feedback and learning and demonstrating impact, most notably through the process of storytelling. 

To further develop and cement the values and behaviours of North Yorkshire Sport 

As part of the strategy refresh we have developed a new set of external facing values which will be launched with our updated strategy.  We have also reviewed our internal values and will launch them in August 2022 

Reflecting on the previous year 

The board and staff team have developed the following actions, drawing on feedback from what we have noticed in conversations with partners, staff survey feedback and stakeholder survey feedback. 


We are committing to these actions over the coming year and will report back on our progress in our next impact report. 


  • Consult and launch a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and undertake whole staff team training in EDI to ensure our Diversity and Inclusion are central to everything we do. 


  • Develop an innovative and effective method for capturing feedback on the way we work from stakeholders and our target groups to assess the effectiveness of our work on an ongoing basis 


  • Refresh our  stakeholder mapping (by themes) to ensure we are working in the right way with the right stakeholders 


  • Agree common outcomes with partners in the health sector to align physical activity to broad health outcomes 


  • Launch our refreshed strategy and external values to ensure that our Strategic Goals remain fit for purpose and that our core values are well understood by stakeholders. 


  • Publish delivery plans for each strategic goal to provide detail on how we will achieve our Strategic Goals 


  • Create more two way communication between ourselves and our target groups to improve how we communicate more efficiently and effectively with our stakeholders. 


  • Develop dashboards to better share our impact and learning with stakeholders to support the common purpose of improving the lives of the people of North Yorkshire. 

Organisational Learning and Development 

"I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan

Learning and development has been identified as a priority improvement action and exploring how we create and nurture the capacity for learning and development individually, organisationally and with our wider partners. 


The development of a learning culture is a journey, not a destination.  Changing the culture is as important as the plans and processes that are put in place, also recognising that the processes and plans are contributing factors to create the culture change. 


We have laid some solid foundations to build on our existing learning and development activities, firstly establishing our learning and development principles as:  


  • We value our staff and board as our greatest asset, and support them to grow and develop 

  • Learning and sharing is an organisational value that we want to be recognised for by our partners 

  • Learning is part of our narrative 

  • Learning and development is broad and wide ranging, formal and informal and ongoing. 

  • We create the conditions for challenge, innovation and risk. 

  • Learning and development is a collective responsibility and a shared investment. 


In our staff survey for 2021/22, 93% (13/14) of staff strongly agree or agree that "there is a culture of learning about how to affect change, embedded throughout the organisation."


Our efforts to be recognised as a learning organisation are also being noticed by our stakeholders.  We asked our stakeholder to provide a rating score out of 10 against how well they think we are performing against this definition:


“An organisation skilled at creating, acquiring, and transferring knowledge, and at modifying its behaviour to reflect new knowledge and insights.” 


Our stakeholder feedback gave us a rating of 8.6/10 demonstrating strong recognition for our efforts to be famous for our learning and development culture. 

Join Our Movement 

Fundraise for North Yorkshire Sport

The power of sport and physical activity can make such a difference to the lives of people and we know that our work can make such an impact on the lives of people and communities. 


As a registered charity we encourage those who believe in our purpose to consider how they might support us to do more and reach more people. 


Maybe you could join one of our flagship fundraising events, taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks or the iconic Great North Run? Or maybe you have an event or challenge that you are desperate to participate in and you would like to raise funds for us.  We would love to hear more about it so please reach out to us at info@northyorkshiresport.co.uk  


Raising money for North Yorkshire Sport will enable us to reach more people, to develop the workforce to better understand how to support mental health, and to run projects that will support people to access support through being active.   


To find out more about our fundraising activities, or to fundraise on our behalf please visit 


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