what is a csp?

CSPs (County Sports Partnerships) are networks of local agencies committed to working together to increase the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity. They are led by a central team of people whose job is to provide leadership and co-ordination of the network at a sub-regional level.

Working across the sporting landscape, CSPs actively support a wide range of partners to help increase participation in sport and physical activity. Partners include National Governing Bodies of Sport and their clubs, School Sport and Physical Activity Networks, Local Authorities, Sport and Leisure Facilities, Primary Care Trusts and many other sports and non-sporting organisations.

CSPs delivery 10 high quality services to grow grassroots sport and physical activity:

Child playing Football with a coaching watching him. County Sport Partnership
  • Club Development
  • Coaching Development
  • Equity
  • Facility Development
  • Funding & Support
  • Insight
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Safeguarding
  • Strategic Networking
  • Volunteer Development


england’s sporting landscape

Across England, there are 44 County Sports Partnerships who are overseen by the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPNetwork). All 44 CSPs are committed to working together to provide a cohesive offer to regional and national agencies.

CSPs are funded Sport England to deliver programmes and national initiatives, such as Sportivate, on a local level. CSPs are contracted by Sport England to provide a set of core services to underpin the local delivery of National Governing Body (NGB's) Whole Sport Plans and support the delivery of NGB and Sport England targets. CSPs help to connect NGBs to the local area and local partners, as well as supporting them with the development of clubs, coaches and volunteers.


csp appraisal

In light of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) new government strategy Sporting Future and Sport England's strategy Towards an Active Nation, an appraisal into the work of Country Sports Partnerships took place, reaffirming their importance within England’s sporting landscape.

To read more about the appraisal of CSPs and their future role, please visit the Sports Think Tank or Click Here.