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Culture and sport improvement – 2022/23 highlights

We co-create and delivery lottery-funded programmes for cultural services (with Arts Council England) and for sports and physical activity (with Sport England).


In 2022/23, as part of our culture and sport improvement offer, we delivered:

  • leadership support for lead officers with responsibility for sport and physical activity
  • leadership support for councillors and lead officers with the responsibility for cultural services
  • wider cultural services support to councils via culture and library peer challenges.





During 2022/23, programme highlights and achievements included:

Cultural services programmes

  • 45 councils supported through programmes, including through eight culture and library peer challenges
  • 20 councillors supported through 'Leadership Essentials' culture programme
  • 21 officers supported through senior officer leadership programme (50 per cent of attendees were from Arts Council England priority places and levelling up for culture places)
  • 98 per cent of respondents rated the overall programme as excellent or good.

Sport and physical programmes

  • 47 councils supported through sport and physical programmes, including 56 officers supported through 3 themed officer alumni sessions
  • 54 officers supported through 3 senior officer leadership programmes
  • 100 per cent of respondents said they felt more confident in performing their role after attending the programme.