FAQs - Background
Active Places Power is a website to help those involved in providing sport provision with a series of tools to guide investment decisions and develop sport provision strategies. Primarily for Local Authorities and national governing bodies of sport it can help to build an evidence base when identifying and planning where to target interventions for facilities, clubs or other activities.
• A starting point for auditing existing facility provision as part of sports facility assessments and strategies
• Benchmarking to compare existing facility provision with nearby and comparable local authorities
• Basic assessments of the balance between the supply and demand of facilities
• Creation of catchments for existing or proposed sports facilities to determine accessibility and profile socio, economic and demographic characteristics
The following limitations should be noted:
• It is limited to 15 facility types
• It is not possible to perform scenario tests in terms of closing or opening of facilities
• It does not include detailed programming information and it does not include information on who uses the facilities
• It does not include individual sports or specific activities which take place on sites
The site is password protected and users will be assigned different rights according to their needs and level of use. Again for further details on who can register to access the site please refer to the specific FAQ.
Be Inspired is Sport England’s consumer engagement platform. It has 4.1 million registered users to whom Be Inspired provides information on how to get involved with sport through promoting major sport events and trumpeting opportunities to take part in sport or activity. Registered users mainly comprise those who registered to buy tickets for London 2012.
For a limited period the Be Inspired website had a sport and fitness finder tool, previous piloted through a Sport England pilot called spogo, but this has been withdrawn due to the underlying data becoming out of date and not being maintained.
spogo was a lottery-funded, not-for-profit, digital service pilot designed to help the general public find sport and fitness opportunities near them. The Sport England initiative delivered by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) now UK Active provided a simple search-led tool to help people find and book physical activities as easily as finding and booking a train ticket.
It provided a service for anyone inspired by London 2012 - or the ever-increasing growth in messaging about the need to exercise – to try a new sport and continue to encourage them. The aim being to deliver a Digital Health Legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through increasing participation in sport and physical activity.
As of January 2015 the spogo pilot was decommissioned with the sport and fitness finder being integrated within the Be Inspired website for a limited period. The latter has also been withdrawn due to the underlying data becoming out of date. See What is Be Inspired? for back ground information.
Alternartively see http://www.beinspireduk.org.
Active Places is essentially the brand name for a sports facility database. The national database was launched in 2004 and currently holds data on over 40,000 sites and 64,000 facilities for 14 different facility types (approximately 80% of where formal sport takes place), with each record being checked on an annual basis. (Counts accurate as of September 2012.)
The existing Active Places Power infrastructure was beginning to near the end of its life. Change Requests to redevelop specific elements of the website based on existing technology were becoming more difficult and costly to implement.
Redevelopment enabled a complete review of the existing site and the use of new technologies would provide improved functionality with a more flexible system to administer.
Following a User consultation in October 2011 to determine the features that should be retained and those that needed discarding or improving, along with new suggestions development work commenced with a first release being delivered in November 2012.