"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head."
Local Sports Councils play an important role in local communities providing an independent voice for local sports clubs, regardless of size or sport. Collectively as the Local Sports Council clubs represent a significant proportion of the local community, this makes Local Sports Councils well positioned in the community for raising important local sporting issues with their local authority and locally elected members.
While this element of work is a crucial aspect of what Local Sports Councils do, this work is nonetheless reactive. It is equally important that Local Sports Councils are seen to be proactive - supporting its member clubs, being visible in the local community and playing their part in encouraging people to get physically active. This can include distributing funds to clubs, holding events, facilitating workshops, acting as the quality checking agency for local sports clubs and developing links with Active Schools and Community Sports Hubs to create pathways into community sport.
SALSC promotes partnership working between Local Sports Councils and local authorities/leisure trusts to ensure its members are adequately supported to best serve the local sporting community. Ultimately, there is no hard and fast definition of what a Local Sports Council should and should not do because each community has its own needs but it is the job of Local Sports Councils to react and meet those needs if they are to be effective and add value to their local sporting community.