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Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership is one of 42 Active Partnerships in England and is hosted within Cumbria County Council’s Public Health Team.

Through strategic connectivity and partnerships, Active Cumbria has facilitated many measurable and positive outcomes contributing to an increase in participation in physical activity and sport. Our 5 Year Plan provides us with a framework which helps inform our decision making around effort and investment, and has been developed in partnership with our Advisory Board and wider sector partners to reflect the key challenges that increased levels of physical activity can contribute and support to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Tackling inequalities in participation in sport and physical activity is at the heart of the Plan, and aligns with the ambitions of Sport England’s 10 Year Strategy ‘Uniting the Movement’ which can be viewed here

Active Cumbria is governed by an independent Advisory Board, made up of highly skilled individuals from a range of backgrounds. The Board operates under an agreed Terms of Reference, and provides strategic leadership to the organisation and to the Core Team of professionals, who provide the co-ordination and structures which allow individuals and organisations to work together more effectively.

The Advisory Board is committed to meeting the requirements of the Government’s Code for Sports Governance, and regularly reviews all aspects of its operations to ensure it is meeting the requirements of a Tier 3 organisation.

One demonstrable way of evidencing our commitment to achieving the aims of the Code is through the make-up of the Advisory Board, which currently consists of 42% female members, against a target of 40%. This figure increases to 50% female representation when looking at only independent (and not Ex-officio) Advisory Board members.

We continue to seek to recruit members from diverse ethnic communities and people with a disability at each subsequent recruitment phase to ensure we move towards greater diversity, whilst still continuing to meet the gender parity targets already achieved. To support this, we will publish an annual statement of progress on this issue on our website within our Advisory Board Diversity Action Plan (see below).

We are also aware that our ways of working, and decisions can impact upon the environment. As an organisation we are committed to ways of working which reduce our carbon footprint, such as doing more meetings on-line, or car sharing where we can. We will also make deliberate changes to how we deliver our services, such as not using single use plastic at our events. Although these changes on their own appear small, we are committed to promoting these internally and externally to our network of partners across Cumbria and beyond.

As an organisation we take our environmental responsibility seriously, and have identified a themed lead from our Advisory Board, and Core Team to ensure this issue is at the forefront of our decision making.

Further details of how we operate can be found on this section of our website.

Strategic Information

Governance Information


As part of Cumbria County Council, we have adopted the policies and procedures of our host organisation. These include, but are not limited to HR, Financial, Fraud, Health & Safety, Procurement, ICT and Information Security, Data Protection, Whistle Blowing, Business Continuity, and Officer Conduct. Bespoke policies are below: - 

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Active Cumbria is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity and inclusion within our workforce, in the partnerships we support and in the services we deliver. We oppose all forms or unlawful and unfair discrimination including direct and indirect discrimination, harrassment, bullying and victimisation. 

The Equality and Diversity policy for Active Cumbria can be seen in the link above. In addition to this policy, the Advisory Board produces a Diversity Action Plan and have signed up to the Mental Health Charter, Race Equality Charter, and the Active Partnerships Racial Equality Commitment (see below).

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Our Mission 

Improving lives through physical activity

Our Vision

Everyone in Cumbria is enjoying an active lifestyle

Our Values  

  • Communicate in a clear and constructive way
  • Act with honesty and respect for others 
  • Demonstrate a positive flexible attitude
  • Take responsibility for our actions
  • Be committed to ‘one Team

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