A Foreword by Jason Fergus

I am delighted to share this comprehensive Active Essex Impact Report with you, for the year 2022/23. The report is full of exciting stories, videos, and key details from a very busy year for Active Essex, illustrating our contribution to Fit for the Future; the 10-year strategy for physical activity and sport in Essex, and our work towards the five strategic priorities. This simultaneously also showcases how Essex is contributing the Sport England strategy, Uniting the Movement.

The golden thread that runs through the year is the fantastic collaboration and partnerships that have supported our work and impact. We have taken the time to reflect on what we're trying to achieve and how we measure impact. Working with our sector we continue to strive to tackle inequalities, increase the level of enjoyment relating to physical activity and improve activity levels among adults and children across the county. Our ways of working, success factors and metrics will demonstrate the impact we are making, as part of complex systems, in order to hardwire physical activity and increase activity levels.

The team use the phrase ‘locally trusted organisations’, which is an appropriate description for partners who support us to deliver our wide range of programmes and services. Across different sectors, both big and small, hundreds of organisations help us serve the county’s cities, towns and villages to strengthen communities and improve the health and wellbeing of residents.

I believe that this year’s Active Essex Impact Report clearly demonstrates the incredible breadth and depth of work taking place to inspire so many to be active. The growth of the Active Essex team over recent years, reflects the increasing recognition that physical activity and sport plays such a crucial role in developing healthy and active communities, in Essex. As a result of this, we have been able to secure ongoing funding as well as attract new investment from London Marathon Foundation, Essex County Council Levelling Up, and NHS Integrated Care Boards.

In this report you will learn more about all aspects of our work, including our flagship programmes:

  • Find Your Active
  • People, Culture and Skills
  • Essex Activate
  • Essex Local Delivery Pilot
  • RideLondon-Essex
  • Essex Pedal Power

Finally, a huge thank you to the committed and talented Board of Active Essex who provide the team with outstanding strategic advice and guidance. In 2022, we welcomed our new Chairman, Dr William Bird MBE, internationally recognised as an expert in the promotion of physical activity.

Please take the time to explore our Impact Report site, to see what has been achieved across the sector over the past year and hear about the amazing stakeholders and partners we’re privileged to work with.

Take a look at the work completed through our Strategic Priorities

Strengthening Communities

Strategic Priority

Using the power of physical activity to build resilience, connection and wellbeing across all commun...

Strengthening Communities
Sport and Physical Activity

Strategic Priority

Supporting the recovery, development and growth of the sport and physical activity sector in Essex

Sport and Physical Activity 2
Children and Young People

Strategic Priority

Ensuring every child has the best start to life, whereby they are active, healthy and happy.

Children and Young People 1
Active Environments

Strategic Priority

Creating attractive and accessible spaces and places, to encourage participation in informal activit...

Active Environments
Levelling Up Health and Wellbeing

Strategic Priority

Good physical and mental health is our most precious asset in life.

Levelling Up Health and Wellbeing

Familiarise yourself with the vision, mission and targets set out within Fit for the Future, the Essex Physical Activity & Sport sector strategy, as this Impact Report showcases Active Essex's contribution to it.