From 1 January 2021, all businesses bidding to win public service contracts now have to demonstrate how they will deliver social value.

This approach is designed to encourage businesses to give back to their relevant communities and charities and represents a huge step-change in approach with all contract bids now being explicitly assessed for social impact – worth up to 10% of the overall procurement score, though some authorities push that to 40% . The new social value model encourages businesses to support their relevant communities to improve health and wellbeing and is expected to help broaden the ‘value’ of these contracts. It is also envisaged that successful bidders will help communities manage and recover from the impact of COVID-19.

For suppliers to policing and criminal justice, the Police family is a highly relevant group whom they could support in this way. Our project, TeamPolice, already supports the Police service by improving health, wellbeing and recovery through the medium of sport and physical activity. Our goals are to raise much needed funds through an innovative commercial sponsorship scheme to help improve the wellbeing of everyone in the policing family by enabling increased participation in sport and physical activity. Our scheme offers an approved route to ‘give back’ to the Police service and also provides members with additional business benefits.

Whilst TeamPolice’s mission to create wellbeing through sport has, understandably, been somewhat challenged over the last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thinking outside the box has meant that TeamPolice has still been able to deliver valuable wellbeing support and motivation to police forces during this time by going virtual! Our online sports and fitness challenges were developed to include the wider policing family and our informative webinars for Police leaders and others are helping to share ideas and develop the Police wellness agenda.

As we look forward to a gradual return to live sporting events why not reach out and talk to us about how working with TeamPolice can help your organisation increase its presence in the police market. If your company would like to deliver demonstrable and measurable social value outcomes within the Police service, then we’d love to hear from you. We have a number of options available and can tailor our services to meet your specific needs. Contact us at [email protected]

TeamPolice is committed to improving mental and physical wellbeing in the Police Service. Find out more about our goals for this Ethos Wellbeing Project.

As a long-term competitor whilst serving in the Police I know how important sport is to the morale and welfare of my fellow police officers and their families, and I warmly welcome this new approach to fundraising which has worked so well in the Armed Forces.

Ian E Campbell, Admin Manager PSUK

About TeamPolice

TeamPolice raises much needed funds through an innovative commercial sponsorship scheme to help improve the wellbeing of everyone who is serving or has retired from our UK Police Forces by enabling increased participation in sport and physical activity. TeamPolice is the fundraising body for police sport in the UK. It is a joint venture between Police Sport UK (PSUK) and EthosVO.

About Police Sport UK

Police Sport UK (PSUK) whose patron is HM The Queen, represents all the Police Forces of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and provides sporting opportunities for over 300,000 serving and retired police staff.

By Catharine Moss

Ethos Partner