About Us

Our Values: Customer Focused | Inclusive | Trusted | Influential | Collaborative | Committed

About Us

Our Vision

People in Dorset choose to enjoy an active lifestyle through participation in sport and physical activity.


Our Mission Statement

Supporting strategic leaders with high quality advice and advocacy so that people in Dorset choose to enjoy an active lifestyle through participation in sport and physical activity.


We are one of 43 Active Partnerships across England. We work collaboratively to create the conditions for an active nation and use the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives.

The Active Partnerships national team is the improvement and innovation agency that leads, supports and represents Active Partnerships. The team is focused on learning what works locally and driving collaboration and impact across the network.

Whole System Change

Active Dorset takes a collaborative approach to embed system changes so that business as usual for system partners supports people to be more active.

We want sport and physical activity to be recognised for the positive impact it has through improved physical and mental wellbeing, educational attainment, social cohesion and economic development on the lives of the people in Dorset.


Active Dorset Strategy 2020-2025

We are delighted to be able to share our 2020–2025 strategy which sets out how we intend to positively impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of Dorset residents. Following consultation with a diverse range of partners, stakeholders and a cross section of individuals, our strategy sets out how increased physical activity can play a role in helping to achieve their hopes and ambitions.

A good deal of thought went into capturing what was important to many under represented groups as we know that very often their constituents are much less active than others, these will continue to be a focus for us.

We have seen that our greatest impact is often where we work with system partners to improve existing ways of working so that physical activity becomes embedded as business as usual and we aim to do more of this over the next period.

Our focus will remain on those who are the least active as that is where change can have the greatest positive effect. We will work and support our partners and stakeholders to use physical activity to achieve their priorities.


Community Interest Company

Community Interest Companies (CICs) are limited companies with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

Active Dorset's registration as a CIC in June 2009 was approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role.

Our company objectives are:

To promote, and act as a strategic lead among organisations in the promotion of participation and engagement in sport and physical activity amongst the population within the geographic area of the county of Dorset.

Our Community Interest Statement describes the benefit we aim to bring to our community:

Active Dorset will provide benefit to the population of the geographic county of Dorset, in particular those with an aspiration to become, or who are currently engaged in sport or physical activity.

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