Sport Hampshire & IOW (SHIOW) is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships in England, committed to increasing levels of participation in sport and physical activity. Our vision is, 'Inspiring more people, to be more active, more often' and we plan to achieve this through our four strategic aims:
As a Partnership, Sport Hampshire & IOW is hosted by Hampshire County Council and works with a range of organisations to increase sports and physical activity participation. Our Partners include Local & Unitary authorities, National Governing Bodies of Sport, School Sports Partnerships (including FE/HE), Sport England, English Federation of Disability Sport, sports coach UK and Youth Sports Trust, as well as the Department of Health and local NHS organisations.
The work of the Partnership is informed by research conducted by various organisations, including Sport England's Active People research.
Our work extends beyond that of traditional sports. A Joint Strategic Framework and Action Plan explains how health partners and SHIOW are adopting a multi-stakeholder approach to increasing the proportion of adults and children undertaking regular physical activity and enjoying a greater sense of health and well being.
We are committed to equity in sport and our work is overseen by the Sport Hampshire & IOW Advisory Board. We work with SPAAs - strategic Sport and Physical Activity Alliances of partners with an interest in sport and/or physical activity with the objective of raising participation levels locally. As a County Sport Partnership (CSP), we belong to the County Sport Partnership Network (CSPN).
The Advisory Board meets on a quartely basis to:
The Advisory Board members are:
Ex officio officers:
Sport can and does play a major role in promoting the inclusion of all groups in society. However, inequalities have traditionally existed within sport, particularly in relation to gender, race and disability.
Sport Hampshire & IOW is committed to promoting and developing sports opportunities amongst minority groups and are working to identify and understand the inequalities which exist.
Women and Girls' Sport
Sport Hampshire & IOW is committed to addressing the barriers which prevent women and girls participating in sport and physical activity. Initiatives aimed to encourage women's participation include women only coaching education courses in some sports, Return to Sport courses for women who would like to come back to, or start their participation in sport, sport specific officers designated for women’s sports, as well as use of positive role models on publicity.
The Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation is the UK's leading organisation dedicated to improving and promoting opportunities for women and girls in sport and physical activity.
You can download the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation's toolkit for women which provides practical information on setting up, launching and marketing offers to different female audiences.
Black and Ethnic Minorities
Sport Hampshire & IOW is committed to addressing the barriers for people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Sport Hampshire & IOW is committed to promoting sport and physical activity to people of all ages. Age UK's Fit as a Fiddle programme supports people aged over 50 with physical activity, healthy eating and mental well-being.