This is Places for People Leisure's third Quest Sports Development Assessment. The Company has been developing sports development services utilising the Quest Principles for the last two years and has fully integrated them into its working practices. The Sports Development Team has made considerable improvements since its first Assessment and has acheived 'Excellent status'. One of the key factors in this improvement has been the adoption of sports development as a key element within the Company’s operational processes and practices and the Team’s commitment to ongoing improvement
Since the assessment Places for People Leisure has been crowned the best Sports Development Team in the country 2 years running!
Our Quest Assessor said "The Team has made considerable progress since the last Assessment and has many examples of good practice both in the delivery of services and in its methods of working."
During the last Assessment process the Assessor identified, along with others in this report, the following key strengths and examples of good practice:
- Places for People Leisure has developed strong partnerships, most notably with national governing bodies (NGBs) including the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA)
- There is a strong team ethic and a drive to develop and promote sports development
- The Team has developed innovative projects and initiatives built on partnership working – examples include looked after children in Wolverhampton and the close working with the swimming club at Farnborough
- The Team is well led and is given support and encouragement by the Board
- All Staff are given the opportunity to take and initiate action, including Contract Managers
- The Team are developing projects to deal with cross-cutting issues, including those concerning health and anti-social behaviour.