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Governance and Policies

Find out more about our governance and policies.

The Active Sussex Board

The Active Sussex Board is the overall governing board for the Trust. It is an independent board which oversees, scrutinises and guides our work and makes decisions where appropriate to ensure our good governance. Please see our Board Governance Handbook (PDF) for more information.

Our Policies

Board Governance Handbook

See our Board Governance Handbook for more information.

Board Governance Handbook (PDF)

Board aims and objectives

  • To set the values, strategic direction and policy of Active Sussex.
  • To respond to local, regional and national influences, including the representation of Active Sussex, sport and physical activity on all relevant local, regional and national policy and strategy consultations.
  • To advocate for sport and physical activity, and for Active Sussex.
  • To ensure Active Sussex is fit for purpose.
  • To advise on the annual business plan and associated budget, and receive performance management information.
  • To scrutinise Active Sussex’s governance, risk management, financial management, strategy implementation and the performance of it’s professional staff team.
  • To account to Sport England and other relevant stakeholders for the for the performance of the organisation, including the allocation, use and management of its grant funding, in line with Sport England funding award conditions.
  • To oversee the Active Sussex business development and recruitment processes.

The Active Sussex Board is committed to encouraging partnership working between agencies, so that delivery of activities are of high quality and accessible to all people across the county.

Code for Sports Governance

15.8 million adults in England now play sport at least once a week, 1.75 million more than in 2005/6. Sport England launched the Code for Sports Governance just after the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The business of sport has changed rapidly in recent years. New opportunities and threats continue to present themselves. The type of decisions that now need to be taken are frequently complex, commercial, multidisciplinary and high-profile in nature. Those entrusted with the responsibility to take these decisions therefore need to equip themselves in a manner that allows them to thrive in this shifting environment.

It was against this background that the Government’s strategy for an active nation (published December 2015) set the requirement for UK Sport and Sport England to agree a new Code for Sports.

Many of the principles set out in this Code are widely accepted as being elements of good practice in corporate governance. It has been jointly produced by Sport England and UK Sport, and it will apply to all organisations within the United Kingdom to whom they provide grant funding.

A detailed overview of the Code for Sports Governance can be downloaded from the Sport England website here.

Getting Sussex Moving - Active Sussex's five year strategy

Active Sussex's strategy sets out our plans and approach for the next five years. The focus of our work has been developed with our partners and stakeholders, to deliver against Sport England’s priority issues as part of Uniting the Movement.

Here are some of the different partners we work with in our bid to ensure everyone in Sussex has access to physical activity

Annual Reports and Accounts