""2023-24 has been a fantastic year for the Active Partnership – starting with the launch of Move Together, the countywide strategy for sport and physical activity at our annual conference which itself saw record attendance.

Developed in consultation with partners from across Kent and Medway, Move Together outlines the role that stakeholders from across the sport, physical activity, health, charity and community sectors can play in getting more people, more active, more often. Focusing on how we can all work together to increase activity levels across the county and tackle the inequalities that prevent so many enjoying the benefits that moving more in our everyday lives can bring. We have and are continuing to encourage partners to pledge their support and commitment to Move Together and look forward to sharing examples of our collective work and the impact that it is having on both individuals and communities.

Fostering collaboration and sharing learning continues to be the thread that runs through our work as we seek to influence, support, and see change across the sector. This year, we have delivered workshops for planners on healthy placemaking, community organisations on sustainability and healthcare professionals on promoting and signposting those they work with to local opportunities. We have also piloted whole school approaches to physical activity and supported the opening of school facilities for community usage.

We continue to promote and embed both equality, diversity and inclusion and safeguarding across all that we do and received investment to enable the recruitment of two Sports Welfare Officers who are already working with clubs across the county. We are delighted to have met the requirements of the Code for Sports Governance and both the Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport Frameworks this year. We welcomed four new members onto the Active Partnership Board bringing with them a wealth of experience and expertise that will help shape the work of Active Kent & Medway.

Our annual review provides a summary of our work in 2023-24 across our five identified priorities plus our Everyday Active Campaign, as well as links to stories and videos designed to bring what we do and are so passionate about to life. Telling the stories and sharing the experiences of real people from across our county and how sport and physical activity really can change lives.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support we are given by Sport England, Kent County Council and our District Councils and thank the hundreds of organisations and individuals across Kent and Medway that we work with on a daily basis to get more people, more active, more often.

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