Physical Activity, Sport and Movement Volunteering Research Brief

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GreaterSport is seeking to understand the Greater Manchester (GM) volunteering landscape in sport, activity and movement. The aim is to specifically understand what is needed to make giving time easy, meaningful and supported by working alongside the VCSE sector to develop a systemic approach to volunteering across GM. We are seeking to understand:

  1. The value and impact of building relationships between VCSE infrastructure organisations and voluntary led physical activity groups and organisations (Cross sector partnerships).
  2. The underlying trends, inequalities and barriers within sport and physical activity volunteering to make it more accessible, inclusive, and reflective of GM communities (Diversity and inclusion).
  3. What training, support, resources, information and funding is needed. What is the role of the system to support the development of sport and physical activity volunteering across GM (Resources and funding).

Volunteering plays a big role in supporting the health, well-being and activity levels of people and communities across GM through the individual benefits of volunteering and their collective contribution to society. People who volunteer their time are the backbone of sport and physical activity in GM. Helpers, volunteers, champions, referees – all leaders in their own right and all sharing their time with people to transform their community. The well-being of GM’s residents depends on how we enable more people, and a greater diversity of people, to volunteer within sport and physical activity.

Expressions of interest close – 5pm 25th March.

For more information, please contact Dan Roberts at GreaterSport.

Email: dan@greatersport.co.uk

Tel: 07702 869658

BRIEF:

Introduction – GM Physical Activity, Sport and
Movement Volunteering Research Brief

GreaterSport
 GreaterSport are a leading Greater Manchester charity passionate about changing
lives through physical activity and sport, with a vision to make Greater
Manchester the most active region in England.
 Our contribution to GM Moving – GreaterSport lead, support and connect
people and partners across the system to develop and deliver on the whole
system vision and approach to GM Moving in Action. Our organisational role is an
important one. It includes, but isn’t limited to;
o Understanding and Sharing
o Enabling Change
 This piece of research will be overseen by an internal team from our People and
Leadership priority area with support from Research and Insight, and Marketing.
All underpinned by excellent governance, finance, HR and business operations
 We also work with Sport England to support the local implementation of
the Uniting the Movement Strategy.
GM Moving
 GM Moving in Action is our Greater Manchester strategy for physical activity. It is
shaped and powered by GM Moving, our ‘movement for movement.’ Everyone has
a role to play in GM Moving; people, communities and organisations, from every
sector and place across the city region, pulling in the same direction and with a
shared goal to help people move more. We are united by a shared passion and
commitment for what we do, why we do it and how we do it.
Useful Information
 Greater Manchester Moving in Action 2021-2031
 GM Moving in Action Video
 GM Moving – The Journey So Far
 GreaterSport – Leadership and Workforce
GM Moving Framework

Our Priorities – Click the links to find out more:
 People, families and communities
 Inclusive Participation and Access
 Active Places
 Whole System Integration
 Culture Change
This research will be bringing together two of our 7 Catalysts for Change:
 Develop people and leadership – realising the power and potential of a
movement of people that is reflective of the population, to inspire, engage and
support people to live more active lives.
 Create a learning culture and evidence-led practice – where gathering,
understanding and using data, insight, evaluation and learning are seen as a
valued, integral part of everyone’s role. Building upon the existing understanding
and insight developed through the State of the Sector Report.
Where is the investment from?
 This piece of work is being funded by GreaterSport via National Lottery funding
awarded by Sport England as part of the workforce funding to support Sport
England’s Uniting the Movement strategy.
The Brief
Purpose: (This is why we want to do this work)

  1. We want more people volunteering in sport and physical activity because we
    understand the huge benefits this brings to individuals, organisations and society
  2. We want to understand the current volunteering landscape in GM, and what is
    needed to make giving time easy, meaningful and supported
    Aims and Objectives
    Aim: (So what we want to achieve. What the goal is)
    To work alongside VCSE sector organisations to create a collective understanding of how
    to develop a systemic approach to volunteering in physical activity, sport and movement
    across GM.
    Outcomes: (How to achieve the aim)
     Understand the value and impact of building relationships between VCSE
    infrastructure organisations and voluntary led physical activity groups and
    organisations. (Cross sector partnerships).
     Identify the underlying trends, inequalities and barriers within sport and physical
    activity volunteering to make it more accessible, inclusive, and reflective of GM
    communities (Diversity and inclusion).
     What training, support, resources, information and funding is needed. What is the
    role of the system to support the development of sport and physical activity
    volunteering across GM (Resources and funding)
    We are open to discussions around the specific methodology of the research however
    any approach considered should be grounded in theory with consideration as to how the
    evaluation can be used in practice to support learning, leadership development, and
    accelerate the pace of change at a population level.
    Your research methodology and approach should include the following, while taking into
    consideration our aims are for this brief to be indicative and open to discussion:
     Primary and secondary research
     Quantitative and qualitative research
     Geographical Coverage of Greater Manchester
     Clear outputs at specified milestones including a final report with
    recommendations, accompanying slides and feedback session.
    Our research partner will need to work in partnership with VCSE Sector Strategic partner
    organisations and community leaders to design the research questions, which we will
    coordinate.

  3. Budget
    The total budget is £20,000 (excl VAT) for:
     conducting and processing the research
     conducting the engagement to enable key people and communities to take part in
    the research
    Within the budget, please outline how you will dedicate the budget to these elements.

  4. Timings and Outputs
    Timeline
    Set out below is the proposed procurement timetable which is intended as a guide and
    whilst GreaterSport does not intend to depart from the timetable, it reserves the right to
    do so at any stage:
     February 25th – Invitation open for expressions of interest
     March 25th – 5pm Deadline for EOI’s
     W/C April 4th – Provisional Interview
     Week Commencing 4th – Provisional Interview Date
     April 8th – Contract award notice
     W/C April 18th – Inception Meeting and Contract Begins
  5.  September – Research completed and shared
    Expression of Interest Method
    We welcome quotes from individual research agencies and collaborations to lead and
    manage the research and engagement. For collaborative quotes the lead organisations
    must submit the proposal listing who is involved and their role. Submissions should be
    emailed to dan@greatersport.co.uk by March 25th at 5pm. Submissions should be a
    maximum of 9 pages, not including the cover sheet. See the table below for what the
    EOI should include:
    Requirement Guideline Weighting
  6. Team
    Outline who will be part of the team detailing
    agency/agencies and the talent and relevant
    experience and credentials for brief
     Outline who will be conducting the
    research and engagement
     Outline who will be part of the team
    detailing organisations / individuals
     What relevant experience and
    credentials the team has for this brief.
     Demonstrate how the team shares the
    values of GreaterSport (Passion / Integrity
    / Purpose)
    How many pages?
    (Max 2)
    20%
  7. Experience
    Please share any relevant case studies or
    examples demonstrating:
     Previous research relevant to the brief
     Case Studies of previous engagement
    with underrepresented people in GM
    One page per case study,
    maximum 4 Case studies.
    e.g. One of the case studies
    must demonstrate
    experience researching
    volunteering, sport and
    activity
    35%
  8. Methodology and Report
    Please provide a methodology of how you
    would approach the brief, including:
     Timeline and assurance of how the
    research will be carried out with potential
    start and end dates
     Key milestones you will meet
     Methods of engagement
    Max 2 pages 25%
  9. Budget
    Please indicate how you will allocate the
    budget
    Max 1 page 20%
    TOTAL Max 9 pages 100%

Contact
Please contact Dan Roberts at GreaterSport to request any further details, information or
to ask questions. Email – dan@greatersport.co.uk / tel: 07702 869658