Greater Manchester Local Pilot Update April 2019

By GreaterSport | 10 April 2019 | TAGS: #GMMoving, GMMoving, Sport England


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In November 2017, Greater Manchester (GM) was confirmed as one of Sport England’s Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) areas. The Pilot works across all 10 localities within GM, aiming to understand the reasons that communities are inactive and what can be done to help communities build on their strengths and enable them to become more active.

All 10 localities have been working over the last 9 months to really understand their geographical areas by applying research and insight techniques to identify which areas the cohorts (5-18yrs out of school settings, 40-60yrs with long-term health conditions and those out of work) are most prominent in.

The localities have now reached a stage where they have all compiled plans to identify where they plan to focus in the next 6-12months. This is an ongoing process as the pilot aims to take a test and learn approach, which can be flexible, depending on how learning develops from localities. Individual locality plans will be available to view on the GreaterSport website here, in the upcoming week.

Marketing and Communications

A marketing agency, We are Access, has now been recruited to help with the GM wide campaign, which will aim to deliver one simple message across the county to encourage people to move more. More information on this will be shared in the following months.


An evaluation partner, Substance Consortium has now been recruited which will work with the national evaluation partner IFF to evaluate the pilot. They will be taking an innovative approach, working alongside the localities to feedback on learning and suggested improvements continuously throughout the pilot, so what has worked well can be up scaled and built upon, whilst learning can be retrieved from things that have not gone so well.


There have been a number of working groups, which have come together to shape the workforce transformation area of work. These have consisted of representatives from Local Pilot (LP) locality leads, Sport England, UK Coaching, GreaterSport, Healthcare Practitioners and the VCSE sector. From this cohorts have been identified, who will focus our plans around to upskill within the project. These include:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • TfGM (in particular planners)
  • Education
  • Local Pilot steering groups (in particular LP leads)
  • Councillors
  • Local Business forums
  • Faith Groups
  • Resident Groups
  • Housing Groups/Neighbourhood planning
  • Department for Work and Pensions / Job Coaches
  • Senior Leaders

To provide a training programme for the above identified cohorts an initial calendar of events for 2019/20 has been created and can be viewed here. These courses can be accessed by the whole system and are a valuable networking tool, as well as information source. There are plans to build a support model around this basis of courses, which will allow wider learning such as mentoring, shadowing, community of practice and sharing opportunities.

An identified need was also highlighted beyond training courses, which was the importance of influencers within other sectors. Discussions are ongoing around how we could build a network of ambassadors/connectors/influencers within other sectors.

More information on the pilot can be viewed here, or contact if you have any more specific questions or queries.

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