The vision for sport and physical activity in Southwark 2019 - 2022

Closed 14 Feb 2019

Opened 17 Jan 2019

Results expected 22 Feb 2019

Feedback expected 22 Feb 2019


Southwark is a vibrant, exciting and unique borough. The council has been advocating and leading on physical activity and sport for some time and building on the success of the previous strategy is now developing a new strategy for Southwark. There are a number of key strategies that positively impact on health across our borough; this one focuses on physical activity and sport and its contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of our residents by increasing participation across the borough.

The Active Southwark Strategy comprises three main themes that reflect the areas we believe are pivotal to achieving an increase in levels of sport and physical activity across the borough.

This strategy is owned by all organisations, clubs, groups and agencies linked to the delivery of sport and physical activity, and the council will work with those key stakeholders to develop an action plan which ensure the strategy is implemented, and our ambitions realised.

We want to know what you think about the steps we are proposing to take to enhance and engage more residents in physical activity and sport in Southwark.

Our vision:

An active borough where everyone can easily lead healthy and happy lives

Main Aims:

  • Help reduce health inequalities across the borough through physical activity
  • Increase physical activity across the borough.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the Councils Fairer Future Promises
  • Improve the health, wellbeing happiness and quality of life of all residents through physical activity

How we will achieve this:

  • Bring communities together through the enjoyment of being active
  • Deliver more inclusive activities and facilities that remove barriers for deaf and disabled people to be more physically active.
  • Establish better connections between our sports community and  our residents
  • Offer positive physical activity and sporting experiences for our residents
  • Work collaboratively with partners and schools to contribute to the reduction in childhood obesity levels -  42% of children in y6 are obese.
  • Increase the number and quality of local coaches and volunteers across the borough
  • Ensure there are opportunities and clear elite pathways available to residents
  • Make physical activity and sports integral to the social regeneration of the borough
  • Ensure that physical activity and sports priorities are reflected in other emerging plans and strategies.
  • Influence and secure further investment in our sports infrastructure
  • Maximise opportunities to develop partnerships that foster collaborative working
  • Reduce participation gaps amongst specific  target groups
  • Support the active travel agenda of increasing the number of journeys made by foot and bike.


The three main themes:

Active People - This theme is about understanding the people within our borough and recognising that this is essential for shaping the services we provide. By considering the personal circumstances of individuals and recognising how their needs change throughout life, we will be able to support residents to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

Active Places - The focus in this theme is ensuring that our streets, housing areas, open spaces, and sports facilities are of the best standard possible and receive ongoing development, which is key to encouraging physical activity in the environment. Improving access to our community facilities, utilising more venues and spaces, and ensuring activity is designed into new development will maximise opportunities for physical activity and sport across the borough.

Active Communities - The last theme is about enabling effective local networks of organisations, clubs and businesses to provide opportunities for residents to become active across the whole borough. Maximising available resources and collaborating with various groups will help engage and build communities that increase participation in physical activity.

A full copy of the draft sport and physical activity strategy can be found on our website  


Why We Are Consulting

The draft Active Southwark Strategy was developed following earlier consultations with key stakeholders after a review of the 2014-2017strategy.

We want to know what you think about our draft strategy and whether you support our vision and agree with the aims and initial actions we have set out to address the priorities.

Please note that the strategy aims to set a framework for developing sport and physical activity in Southwark over the coming years, but once approved will require an action plan to be developed that focuses much more on how we achieve this. If you would like to hear more about the action plan process please email  



What Happens Next

We would like to thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Once the consultation process has ended we will evaluate and reflect on the views expressed and ensure the results are collated in a document which can be found on the council sports and leisure website (link provided), and reflected in a subsequent strategy action plan (which will also be available on the same website).



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