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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Us Girls

Us Girls is an award-winning initiative designed to increase and sustain young women’s participation in sport and physical activity in low-income communities across the UK. Underpinned by the principles of Doorstep Sport, it is an evidence-based methodology that enables young women to take part in sport and physical activity in a way that suits them.

Pit to Pitch

Featherstone Rovers Foundation combined culture and heritage with increasing movement with a collaborative approach

Sunderland City Council: Sunderland Active through Football

This case study explores the impact of community engagement with women and girls as a platform to address barriers to sport and physical activity and offer practical approaches to engagement and participation.

Girls Powered – Greater Manchester

Sporting Equals has been funded to deliver a four-year project with The Sweaty Betty Foundation to deliver a city-based model that supports ethnically diverse women and girls engaging in sport and movement, and research and helps the sector better understand the barriers that ethnically diverse women and girls face when accessing sporting opportunities.

Frickley Women’s Football

Following a consultation with local groups, football sessions were formed which have evolved into Frickley Ath FC Team which has seen great success.

Future Female Leaders Programme

The Future Female Leaders Programme is a programme that supports and empowers women aged 18+ from ethnically diverse communities in and around London to overcome social, educational and economic barriers to diversify and create more coaches and leaders in the sport, health and physical activity sector whilst also increasing physical activity levels in local communities.

Supporting a single mother to find time to look after herself

A mother was referred to the Physical Activity Social Prescribing service in her area by her GP for back pain. She was six months pregnant, solo parenting her toddler and living on the top floor of her block of flats. Life was physically tough, and she also felt very isolated. A Physical Activity Link Worker (PALW) contacted the mother, and helped to put in place solutions.

Women & Girls Programme at Palmer Park

For Muslim women exercising around men is often discouraged due to modesty and practicalities of clothing. Palmer Park Leisure Centre had an underutilised space which has been transformed into a programmable gym space, with designated female only hours

Wirral Council: Active Wirral Energy Efficiency Programme

In January 2023, Active Wirral, facing soaring energy costs and a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, initiated a comprehensive energy efficiency project. Through delivering a range of interventions, the project exceeded its targets, avoiding £231K in costs and saving 335 tonnes CO2e, equivalent to driving around the globe 10 times in an SUV.