Sport & Physical Activity Alliance – legacy update one year on

Press Release: 23/09/2013

A year since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we continue to witness some of the most thrilling times in sport that this country has experienced. With Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, a successful World Athletics Championships and Glasgow 2014 around the corner the excitement continues to build.

Locally the Winchester and District Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) continues to help ensure that a sporting legacy can be delivered by working together to provide the district with the best possible sport and physical activity opportunities.

The SPAA has already consulted with a variety of partners and put together a legacy framework for the next five years. The Framework aims to develop opportunities to become more active across eight key strands. These are: sporting events, physical activity, grass roots, facilities, talent, disability sport, sport in education and club, coach and volunteer development.

Stuart Barlow, Chair of Winchester District SPAA, said:

The SPAA has been working on initiatives over the past six months to deliver on the eight strands and has some early successes to report. In particular, the introduction of legacy grants to help local clubs and organisations to increase participation and the introduction of ‘parkrun’ to Winchester with over 160 regular runners each week.

Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader for Winchester City Council with portfolio responsibility for sport, added:

The success of the Winchester Criterium and Family Cycle Day on 11 August and the Para Personal Bests sports event for people with disabilities on 29 August are examples of how well we are engaging with our local communities to increase participation and encourage more people to enjoy sport.

Other initiatives the SPAA has worked on include encouraging the most schools ever from the Winchester District to get involved in the School Games. Opening of a new sports hall at Sparsholt College and the new activity hall at Westgate School offering a new home for table tennis in Winchester are further highlights in this year’s work.

Proposals for a new leisure centre in Winchester are also underway and the year will end with a celebration of sport at the annual Winchester District Sports Awards on 5 December.

For more information contact Amanda Ford on 01962 848 274 or email