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The reports on this page have been written to address specific gaps in knowledge identified by either Active Black Country, our local partners or at the national level. All reports that are featured here will be accompanied internally by an implementation plan to ensure the findings are used effectively.

Since the restrictions on movement were imposed by Government, ABC have committed capacity towards understanding the local impact. Two surveys were conducted amassing a sample of almost 1,200 Black Country residents to develop an understanding of how the impact of the lockdown. This report goes into detail in relation to how the physical activity habits of Black Country residents have changed during this period and the potential for longer term shifts in behaviour patterns.

Implementation Summary
The information and learnings derived from this analysis will be used to support the development of the ABC Covid-19 Transition Plan over the next 6 months and will form part of the evidence base to inform a refresh of Towards an Active Black Country.

Since 2017, all schools have been required to publish their swimming and water safety attainment levels as part of reporting for the PE and Sport Premium. This report collates the results provided by all Black Country Primary Schools, giving an analysis on how schools are using the funding, headline findings across the key indicators, an in-depth analysis of differences between local authority areas and a look at the relationship between school swimming opportunities and other indicators such as deprivation and child obesity.

Implementation Summary
Active Black Country are developing terms of reference for 4 Local Swimming Action Groups to address the issues in this report.

Primary School Swimming in the Black Country

In December 2019, Active Black Country were awarded funding by Sport England to explore the possibility of primary and secondary schools opening their facilities for community use at evenings a weekends. The first part of the project focussed on the collection of insight, via a survey of all schools and a series of targeted focus groups. This report summarises the findings, providing information on existing levels of community use, barriers that schools face, future plans for schools that don’t currently open, and for those that do, an indication of what does and doesn’t work well.

Implementation Summary
Active Black Country, via the Opening School Facilities Programme Manager, are using the insight to develop a toolkit to support schools who are interested in opening their facilities.

The PE and Sport Premium is provided to schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and Sport and Physical Activity that is offered. Since the inception of the PESSP funding Active Partnerships have been required to sample and review schools’ websites, collating this information into a national picture. As part of this remit ABC undertakes a desk-based review of all primary and special schools’ websites across the Black Country each year.

Implementation Summary
Active Black Country are providing 1-2-1 support for schools who need assistance regarding reporting requirements and have uploaded key information to our Primary PE & Sport Premium pages and to the Active Black Country Schools Hub.

Black Country Primary PE and Sport Premium Mapping 2018-19

County Sports Partnership Network
Sport England
Include Me West Midlands
Youth Sport Trust
Activity Alliance
Youth Endowment Fund
Sporting Equals
West Mids PCC
Dudley CVS
One Walsall
Dept of Health
Dept for Education
Equality Standard in Sport