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About us

Active Lincolnshire is committed to providing opportunities for everyone in Lincolnshire to be active every day. We work with partners to address inequalities and inactivity, responding to the needs of people and places.

What we do

As advocates for the positive power that physical activity has on everyone’s lives, we work in partnership to improve understanding, influence change, and tackle the challenge of inactivity.

Knowledge Hub

Our Knowledge Hub is the core of our website. Here you’ll find our guidance, advice, insight and support in all areas of physical activity and sport.

Get involved

Want to get involved with us? We depend on your collaboration to create and influence meaningful change. Find out how you can help Lincolnshire move more.

Safeguarding & Welfare Support

We are committed to making sport and physical activity accessible and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults taking part. We work to create a culture of safeguarding, equity and protection.

Sport Welfare Officer Network


What is the Sport Welfare Officer Network and how can we help your club?

We know the work of club welfare officers can be hard at times and it can often feel like an isolated role. We’re trying to change that.

The Sport Welfare Officer Network is here for club welfare officers.

Richard Bell, our Sports Welfare Manager can provide local support and opportunities to assist you in your volunteer roles. Whether that’s helping you meet your safeguarding responsibilities, connecting you with other club welfare officers or assisting you to grow your knowledge and skills - we are here to help.

Your sport may already have regional safeguarding staff who provide your club with support. If it does – these teams are still your primary contact. Richard works with these representatives and your National Governing Body to connect sports and promote good welfare locally.

Good welfare practice matters to everyone and together we want to help create environments in sport and physical activity which are positive and safe for all children, young people and adults.

What is the purpose of the Sport Welfare Officer’s role?

Our role is to;           

  • Provide additional, local support for club welfare officers  
  • Signpost clubs to the right advice and guidance  
  • Work with club welfare officers to create a safer culture within their organisation  
  • Facilitate local training opportunities and events 
  • Create networks so that volunteers and staff feel better connected and informed 
  • Recognise, share and develop best practice  
  • Help raise awareness of safeguarding and welfare for young people and adults at local events 


It is not the Sport Welfare Officer’s role to; 

  • Advise on or manage concerns – all concerns must be referred without delay in accordance with National Governing Body / Club Safeguarding Policy.  

The network of sports welfare officers is funded by Sport England through an investment of National Lottery money. Active Partnerships are working with National Governing Bodies, NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, Ann Craft Trust, Sport England and other key safeguarding partners.

Get in Touch

If you'd like to speak to Richard about safeguarding at your club get in touch by emailing richard.bell@activelincolnshire.com or phone 07903 266 306

Safeguarding & Welfare Resources

Discover safeguarding guidance, tools and training on our knowledge hub.

Our Safeguarding Policy

Follow the link to view Active Lincolnshire's Safeguarding Policy.