Working with our partners we have developed a number of case studies that illustrate our success, impacts and achievements. Part of the role of county sports partnerships is to share this best practice with our partners.

Adopt a Club Case Study

We aim to support up to 40 clubs each year by linking them with a Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) student. Providing strategic development of the club, and students with valuable work experience. Click on the title to see the complete case study.

An Increase in the Number of Clubmark Clubs in Merseyside

With a continued focus, additional training and consistent approach to Clubmark Accreditation across the county – Merseyside Sports Partnership has increased the number of its Clubmark Clubs by 104.71% within the last twelve months – an increase from 170 to 348 according to the Knight Kavanagh and Page database.

Back to Netball

A lot of woman loved netball at school but once they leave, it becomes harder for them to continue – due to work and family commitments. In January 2006 a session started at a local leisure centre for woman who had not played netball/competitive sport for a while.

Back to Sport in Knowsley

A case study on a project which has helped to bring new participants, new coaches and new volunteers into sport by understanding the needs and wants of the public local to leisure centres in Knowsley.

Boccia Development

This case study demonstrates the performance pathway that exists for Boccia in Merseyside. Specifically how this pathway has assisted the development of Ryan Paladino, a young Boccia player from Merseyside, to perform at National competition level.

Club Development Officer Appointed

As a result of the investment attracted by the Liverpool Sport and Physical Activity Alliance a Club Development Officer has now been appointed – Martin Jones.

Community Golf Coaching with Professionals

It was important to introduce golf to schools in Wirral and to increase participation in the sport. Young children could get an introduction through Tri-Golf and would be able to continue their development in a local club with a familiar face i.e. the local coach and golf professional. This project creates a clear pathway for the children to continue in golf.

Community Sports Coach Scheme

This highlights in detail the process and outcomes from the Community Sport Coach Scheme (CSCS) within the NW Region. Detailing the numbers, range and diversity of deployment, scale of investment and partnership working.

David Price Boxing Academy

David Price, a former pupil at Cardinal Heenan Sport College, won the bronze medal in the Super Heavyweight Boxing Division at the Beijing Olympics. Arriving back to the UK as a national hero, he decided to use his profile to put something back into the City of Liverpool. It had long been his ambition to create a network of amateur boxing academies across the City.

Elliot Verry Climbs to National Success

From first trying to climb at his 8th birthday party, Elliot Verry has gone on to finish in first place at the national final, 11 points ahead of his competitors.

Without the support of his father though, and the financial support of his family, Elliot would struggle to take part in climbing because the sport does not yet have a National Governing Body.

Evaluation of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Serivice Fire Fit Summer Camps

In the countdown to the London Olympics in 2012, the Fire Support Network (FSN), with support from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, held six Olympic Fire Fit pilot summer camps across Merseyside in 2010.

Everton Volunteer

This case study demonstrates how by Everton Football Club providing opportunities for disabled people to volunteer has resulted in an individual gaining valuable experience and expertise which has led to full time employment.

Football Association Impact Case Study

This piece of work came about after The FA National Coaching System Support Network (CSSN) engagement paper was released and a local meeting with Jack Walton (Liverpool County FA) and Andy Somers (Merseyside Sports Partnership Coaching Development Manager) had taken place.

Funding for Qualifications Praised by Coach

A case study on the benefits of the Get Qualified North West funding.

Funding for Sports – Get Qualified North West

Get Qualified NW is entering its final phase and can reimburse up to £200 for a level 2 and £300 for a level 3 or equivalent sport, outdoor or fitness course. Get Qualified NW has recently supported Rob Oakley to achieve his FA Youth Award ‘Developing the Practice’ coaching qualification with Liverpool FA.

Get Inspired Receives 2012 Inspire Mark

Currently 18% of schools within Halton are registered with Get Set, so the local authority devised a plan to increase this number. Full details are attached.

Halton Sports Participation Programme

Paula Parle, Health & Physical Activity Development Officer developed this activity to provide a community follow-on class linked to the established Active Aging Programme in April 2008.

Halton Table Tennis Club Becomes a Limited Company

Halton Table Tennis League creates a new club – Halton Table Tennis Club and then a not for profit making Limited Company Halton Table Tennis Ltd to cover both organisations and all table tennis developments within Halton.

Halton’s Everton Mini Kickers Football Festivals 2009/10

Following the delivery of multi skills football coaching sessions throughout Halton primary schools by Everton FC Academy coaches, the aim of the festivals was to provide pupils in Yr 1 to 4 with a competitive opportunity in a fun environment. The exit route for those taking part are the Everton Mini Kickers After school football clubs.

Hisham Saif, Karate and the Arab Community

Jimmy Brennan 7th Dan teaches Karate at the Al Ghazali Karate Club on Earle Road, Toxteth. At first, the cultural differences between the Japanese art of Karate and the Arab community were a boundary to increasing the number taking part in the sport.

Jenna Downing Inspiring Others in Sport

Professional aggressive in-line skater, British Champion and World Number 2, plus a Volunteer Coach at Rampworx and a Sporting Champion. This is a case study on Jenna Downing’s progress in the sport, and of her commitment to coaching and inspiring others.

Key Stakeholder Engagement to Drive Legacy

To co-ordinate the design, development and production of a legacy framework for the Liverpool City Region,
‘Achieve the Potential of The Games.’

Knowsley Utilise Market Segmentation to reach their Customers

This case study covers a pilot by Sport England and Merseyside Sports Partnership to see how market segmentation data could assist a local authority sport development team.

Liverpool City Basketball Finals feed into Merseyside Primary Games

Basketball has proved to be a big hit amongst Liverpool schools, it has always been popular in the secondary sector, but in the advent of Competition Managers working in Liverpool it has attracted a new age group by being introduced onto the Primary Competition Programme. This programme of competitions feed directly into the Merseyside Primary Games.

Liverpool St. Helens Rugby Club Wants to set up an Under 15 Girls Team

Liverpool St. Helens Rugby Club had set things in motion to start a Girls U15 Team. Linking in with this need and the lack of activity for girls of this age, the RFU applied for money from Sport Unlimited to deliver a 10 week block of coaching, in 6 different schools, for Girls aged Year 7/8. A Girls Rugby Festival was held at the end of the 10 weeks of coaching and a Rugby Leaders Course was also programmed to train young leaders to then assist in future coaching.

Mark Hurst – Sport Maker

Mark works full time, is a father of two and had dedicated over 100 hours to volunteering through the Sport Makers programme. Here’s why:

Merseyside’s 50 Metre Pool – Liverpool Aquatics Centre

Liverpool Aquatics Centre has become a key focus for swimming and aquatics in Liverpool. By bringing swimming development close to the facility management team the operation is fulfilling both elite and community needs effectively and delivering some great results for the city. Just 12 months after the opening of Liverpool Aquatics Centre it hoped that these improvements will provide some fantastic results in improving community swimming, school swimming and performance.

Pilkington Sailing Club

The RYA contacted Pilkington Sailing Club, one of their ‘On Board’ clubs, with regards to a new project. The project, designed to increase membership, involves an intensive training course followed by a 12 month membership during which participants can access regular sailing.

Potential World Champion Kayaker

After showing great talent in paddling and great enjoyment from taking part competitively, Hannah Brand wanted to teach others, so that they could experience enjoyment from the sport too. She is currently studying for a degree in Constructive Engineering Management and coaches in the school holidays, while training for the World Championships herself. From beginner to Potential World Champion, this case study tracks Hannah Brands rise to success.

Recognising the Value of Volunteering

Halton Farnworth Hornets, working with Rugby League officer Chris Thair, has worked out the monetary value of their volunteers. There are over 130 Rugby League Clubs in the North West and over 80 have junior sections. If we only look at only those clubs with junior sections, and base the calculation on the Halton Farnworth Hornets figure these volunteers across the North West provide support in-kind of over £32million.

Run in England – Debbie’s Story

Debbie (name changed) used to be a keen runner before the effects of domestic violence began running her life for her. Thanks to Run In England, she‟s now getting her life back on track.

Run In England – Laura Stewart

In March 2009 Laura weighed 23½ stone, this is her story of how Run In England has helped give her a new lease of life.

Sport Unlimited Snorkelling programme

Sport Unlimited funding was utilised to bring together sports development, facility management and a local club to deliver the Swimming Teachers Association Pool Snorkelling Awards programme.

Step for Sport Delivers Results in Liverpool

The Liverpool Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) secured £230,000 in funding from Sport England’s Community Investment Fund and Liverpool Active City to reinstate a previously successful project called Step for Sport which is designed to deliver training and employment opportunities in sport and recreation.

Step into Sport Conference helps Young Volunteer

Steven Welsh, a student from the Wirral, attended the Step Into Sport Conference in 2007. Steven has now completed over 200 hours of community sport volunteering at his club the Wirral Hornets. Steven now has more responsibility at his club and his confidence and skills have improved following the conference: “Now when I perform my volunteering, mainly basketball coaching, I have become more confident meaning that the children listen to me more and means they improve quicker, as a result of this I have been given more responsibility from the main coach at the sessions I help with.”

Stephen Hunt from volunteer to career

Stephen Hunt was with his brother at an Everton game when he noticed an advertisement for the project ‘Ability Counts’. Unfortunately the football sessions advertised were taking place in Manchester, but the English Federation of Disability Sport, who set up the project, gave Stephen the number for Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP). Steve Sullivan at MSP took the call and introduced Stephen to a number of opportunities taking place in Liverpool which helped him join a club, get into volunteering, train and eventually gain a working career in sport.

The Development of Merseyside Disability Forum

The Forum started in 1998 and met twice a year to discuss disability sport and to share best practice. Attendees were Disability Officers from each of the local authorities and key personnel from Merseyside Sports Partnership. Merseyside Sports Partnership encouraged the Forum to become more action focussed, and suggested that School Sports Co-ordinators (SSCO’s) also attended, along with local authority nominated officers.

The Importance of Rampworx Volunteers

According to Sport England there are more volunteers in sport than any other sector in the UK. (2008). This illustrates just how important volunteers are when it comes to the infrastructure of organisations in sport. Rampworx has 20 members of staff, of which 11 are volunteers and fulfill a variety of roles and positions within the organisation.

The Story of Canterbury Belles Rounders

Mike saw a need to offer a ‘return to rounders’ opportunity to the local community, for women who hadn’t played since being at school, and he wanted to revitalise rounders in the north west. This case study tracks his success since 2001.

Transforming Troubled Teenagers

Positive Futures Wirral offers sport and leisure activities as a diversion, in communities where anti-social behaviour is becoming a problem, to a cross section of young people between 14 and 19. We can show that there is a reduction of anti-social behaviour in Wirral of 15% over the last 2 years. Full details are attached.

Triathlon Schools Project

Triathlon England was approached by the local SSCo to run a Triathlon at the St Helen’s festival. Triathlon England agreed to promote the Triathlon through schools and run coaching sessions leading up to the event.

Walton Junior Football Club Increasing Participation in Sport from Disabled Children

Walton Junior Football Club started as a coaching session in 1998 for disabled children. To begin with there were just three children attending. Everton in the Community started providing coaching at the session, which helped to increase the numbers to 20 children attending per week. Everton in the Community then passed responsibility for coaching at the session to Steve Swinnerton, Liverpool City Council’s Football Development Officer. The older players at the club were encouraged to become coaches and volunteers, to ensure sustainability of the club.

Wavertree Cricket Club – 1st Division Improvement Project

Wavertree Cricket Club has played at the same Sandown Lane ground for 153 years and is currently flourishing. Having won the Merseyside Cricket Competition in 2006 the club was promoted to the 1st Division of the Liverpool Competition, subject to identified improvements to changing rooms, toilets, tea rooms, external seating, a new score board and various other improvements to ground and buildings. Full details are attached.

West Wirral Boxing Club

When West Wirral Boxing Club was in rapid decline Ray Aistrop became involved with Wirral Council SPAA Project through the Wirral Boxing Development Group.

Wirral Junior Volleyball Sport Unlimited Programme

The project involved pupils from several schools in Wirral receiving a programme of volleyball coaching with the aim of developing volleyball teams to represent ‘Wirral’ in a range of tournaments. It began with the development of a junior hub-club for girls at Pensby High School with help from a Sport Unlimited grant.

Wirral Squash Development Association

The Wirral Squash Development Association (WSDA) was set up in April 2005 with the aim of creating and developing a squash programme to encourage girls and boys from Wirral Schools to play squash in the community. The programme would also increase participation through promoting Primary Schools Squash, thus developing a mechanism for the delivery of squash to schoolchildren, and promote exit routes to England Squash Affiliated Squash Clubs and Local Authority Leisure Centres in the area.

Youth Games Participant to Rugby Development Officer

Andrew Soutar attended the Merseyside Youth Games in 1992 and was inspired by being involved in Merseyside’s largest competitive sports event. The coaching in school on the run up to the games had been Andrew’s first taste of rugby and having taken part in the competition he was inspired to join a community sports club.