The Year 6 Sportivate plan and the guidance documentation is now available Sportivate Y6 Plan Template  and Application Guidance Year 6

Please view the Youth Personalities Z card by clicking here – If the document loads partially off screen, you can adjust the size with the zoom buttons in the bottom right hand corner.

Sportivate Research and Insight including evaluations and reports can be found here:

What is Sportivate?

A National Lottery funded programme that aims to provide attractive, affordable and sustainable sporting opportunities for teenagers and young adults. Sportivate launched in June 2011 as a four-year programme aimed at 14-25 year-olds but, due to its success, additional funding of £10m per year has been invested allowing the programme to run until March 2017.

The overall objective of Sportivate is to change behaviour in young people with the aim to increase regular participation amongst those aged 16–25 years. Sportivate will target young people who are currently inactive or show an irregular relationship with Sport and Physical Activity.

Sportivate in Merseyside

Merseyside Sports Partnership work with a wide variety of partners which include local authorities, NGB’s, clubs and community and charitable organisations across the county to manage the delivery of Sportivate, commissioning services which deliver against the targets and outcomes set by Sport England to engage a broad range of young people.

Open Process

Merseyside partners can submit a plan directly to Merseyside Sports Partnership as part of the open process.  If your organisation would like to apply for funding, please return your applications whenever they are ready to  by 5pm on the 31st August 2016.

  • Application process opens on Monday 13th June and will close on August 31st 2016. 
  • We will be accepting plans for the period July 1st 2016 – December 31st 2016.
  • We will be avoiding, wherever possible, Sportivate delivery in Q4*.
  • Sport England’s Youth Personalities is now a requirement of the project plans.

*We have been advised by Sport England not to let delivery slip in to Q4 where possible.  For those of you that have Sportivate empowered projects running in Q4 by all means speak to us, ideally before submitting plans.
BEFORE applying please read the full guidance included in this document as it contains important information relating to your application

Merseyside Sports Partnership Priorities

We have worked with our board and partners across Merseyside to develop and agree a range of priorities for our Sportivate programme.  As a result, projects will be scored more favourably if they can demonstrate they are providing high quality attractive provision within one or more of the following groups:

  1. Those aged 16 and above.
  2. Females of all ages (11-25)

We will also look favourably on projects that are specifically targeted at hard to reach and minority groups (BME, areas of deprivation, those with a disability).

Sportivate projects will need to demonstrate impact against the following targets:

Completed Target

This target relates to the number of young people who successfully complete their 8 weekly coaching sessions by missing no more than one session (previously known as the retained target).

Sustained Target

This target relates to the proportion of young people who, when completing their participant registration form, state that they have taken part in sport for at least 30 minutes for 0-3 days in the previous 28 days (<1×30). It then compares this against the proportion of young people who, when completing a participant tracking survey three months after their 6-8 weekly coaching sessions have finished, state that they have taken part in sport for at least 30 minutes for 4 days or more in the previous 28 days (>1×30). This is the headline performance measure for Sportivate.                                   

Inactive Target

Those young people reached by Sportivate who beforehand were involved in less than 30minutes activity in 0-3 days in the 28days leading up to the project(<1×30).  The inactive target is 40% of the total engaged participants.

The success of the programme will be measured through-

  • The number of participants who complete their Sportivate sessions. To count as ‘completed’ participants need to attend all but one of the sessions i.e. 7 out of the 8.
  • The number of participants who have increased their level of activity after 3, 6 and 12 months compared to what they were doing before Sportivate (Sustained Participant target). Monitored through national tracking surveys 3 months after the Sportivate project has been completed.
  • The demonstrated understanding of an irregularly active/consistently inactive young person and their positive or functional relationship with sport. We don’t recommend using the sporty/semi-sporty/non-sporty terminology.

For more information on the Youth Insight work from Sport England and Merseyside Sports Partnership, please click on the resources below:

Youth Insight Pack from Sport England

Merseyside Sports Partnership Youth Insight Workshop

To find out more, or if you think your club, group or organisation can help get more young people active in Merseyside, then please contact:




Sport & Physical Activity Officer (CYP)       Strategic Lead for Sport and Physical Activity (CYP)
(Satellite Clubs Project Manager)       (Children and Young People Lead)
Jennie Platt       Calum Donnelly
0151 728 1813       0151 728 1814
07739 254833       07739 254835