A lot has changed since we first published our Action Plan at the start of 2020.
No-one could have predicted that just a few weeks later the world would be plunged into a pandemic that has had a huge impact on the way we all live.
Health and wellbeing is now more important than ever as we learn to ‘live with Covid’ and the Commission feels it’s important that our work reflects this new norm.
But it is not just the global pandemic that has encouraged us to review our Action Plan. In August 2020 the States of Guernsey approved the Active 8 Plan for Sport, albeit some months after it was initially scheduled to be debated. For the first time the island has a government-backed strategy for sport and physical activity setting a framework within which much of the Commission’s work can sit.
With a new Assembly elected in October 2020, the political landscape has changed with the emphasis on action, delivering on promises and reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape. Commissioning of third sector organisations best placed to efficiently and effectively deliver elements of Government strategy has become a stated aim of Policy & Resources and it’s one that the Sports Commission is keen to be involved in.
Progress on a new commissioning model may not have been as swift as we would have liked, but we believe the Sports Commission is in an excellent position to support the core aims of the Active 8 Plan for Sport if we are given the autonomy to deliver.
In this update of our Action Plan we highlight how our workstreams will help to achieve the core aims of Active 8 and, in turn, how they will also support the core aims of the new Government Work Plan.
We will also highlight where we have successfully delivered previous actions, where those actions may be ongoing or still in development, and also where we may not have started or have needed to amend or update a particular action.
But at the heart of everything we do remains our belief that everyone in Guernsey should have the opportunity and support to participate and compete in sport and fulfil their potential, no matter what their background, age, or level of ability in a safe and supportive environment.
You can access the full Action Plan update here