We have an Advisory Panel to take on this work where appropriate, and members are welcome to apply to join - you can find our more about the role of the Advisory Panel here. The Advisory Panel meets only rarely, most of the work being done by email and, increasingly, using LinkedIn™.
For further information on how cCLOA approaches key issues, click on areas of interest in the left hand column.
A current area of interest is supporting the sector better engage in strategic commissioning and cCLOA have been awarded funding by Sport England to lead a project to increase the understanding of the commissioning agenda amongst sport and leisure professionals.
Commissioning support for local authorities - Phase 2
Commissioning is a central part of the approach to redesigning and transformation of services, because it offers a means of joining up resources to focus on improving outcomes for individuals and communities.
cCLOA and Sport England are now building on the momentum of Phase 1, by working with a further 17 organisations to explore a number of scenarios and themes across a broad geographical spread:
|Suffolk County Council||Nottingham City Council||Leicestershire Council|
|Northamptonshire County Council||Slough Borough Council||New Forest District Council|
|Southend-on-Sea Borough Council||Live Wire Warrington||Enfield Borough Council|
|Kirklees Council||Haringey Council||Swindon Borough Council|
|Northumberland County Council||Ashfield District Council||Plymouth City Council|
|Birmingham City Council||Essex County Council|
Commissioning support for local authorities - Phase 1
During 21014/15 Sport England and cCLOA undertook a joint project that supported local authority sport and leisure professionals to engage more effectively with commissioners and commissioning. We appointed a team of specialists with a range of expertise to work with the eight participating local authorities; Central Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Durham, Hertforshire CC, Lambeth, Oldham, Stoke and West Oxfordshire.
The aim of the support was to equip practitioners with a sophisticated understanding of local need, help build relationships with commissioners and respond with a service offer or targeted intervention that delivers priority outcomes. The project ran between March 2014 - October 2014 and a paper is now available summarising the process, project impact and learning Strategic Commissioning, Sport and Physical Activity
As commissioning becomes more mainstream, the sector needs to move from being simply a provider of sport and physical activity to playing a strategic role within the commissioning process. We've developed an animated film that brings to life our work, showing exactly what steps a professional can take to meet the needs of commissioners plus a series of short videos telling the story from the people involved.
You may also wish to draw on Sport England's web resource ‘Being Commissioned’; which looks at the context for commissioning, what tools and resources are available to help develop the case for sport as a strategic player and how to engage with commissioners for mutual benefits.