Introduction to Quest Stretch


Quest Stretch is a response to the desire to provide additional challenges in Quest to enable facilities, organisations and teams to better demonstrate their impact on local communities and local priority outcomes. Additionally, it allows facilities, organisations and teams to demonstrate their contribution to the current national agenda for sports and leisure as well as being confident that excellent service has been embedded in their organisation. 

Facilities and teams currently scoring Excellent can choose to go for Quest Stretch when they come up for renewal. For both Quest for Facilities and Active Communities there are 2 stages to Quest Stretch. A facility or a team have to pass Stage 1 before they can move onto Stage 2, the validation day.


  • If a team does not pass Stage 1, they can go through Day 2 of a Plus assessment at no additional cost.
  • If a team does not pass Stage 2, they can go through Day 2 of a Plus assessment to try and maintain their Excellent banding, at an additional cost of £600 plus Vat.


Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 are conducted in the first year, with no assessment in year 2.

The cost of Quest Stretch for both Quest for Facilities and Active Communities is £1950 plus VAT. The registration lasts 2 years.



  • The Entry assessment takes place in the team’s due month.


  • A Partnership Survey will be sent out the month following the assessment


  • A Preparation day (if requested) must take place within 1 month of the Entry assessment.
    • This would be at an additional cost of £600 Plus Vat.


  • The Validation day must take place within 2 months of the Entry assessment 



Stage 1 – Entry Assessment


Stage 1 for Active Communities Stretch consists of a 1-day Entry assessment against the 7 Active Community core modules.

This assessment will take place within the teams’ due month and be booked in with the assessor. The team must achieve Excellent overall in this Entry Assessment.

The month following the Quest 2016 Active Communities Entry Assessment the team will be sent a partnership survey by the Quest office for them to distribute to their partner database. There needs to be a minimum of 25 valid email addresses of partners.



Stage 2 – Validation Day


The Validation day is an independent review and challenge of the self-assessment and improvement planning process by examining a sample of the organisations own judgements about their current performance made against a benchmark.

The review is done by interviewing managers, staff, partners, clients, and customers and reviewing some of the documentary evidence.

This information is then used to challenge or confirm judgements made, so enhancing the self-assessment results and sharpening the improvement planning process.

The team will be assessed against 1 compulsory module and 1 choice module from the list below.

The team will need to produce a 2500-word submission for each module, with a maximum of 5 one-sided A4 pages as appendices per module. This is due to be sent to the Validator 7 days before the Validation Day.

Unfortunately if they are not received within 5 days of the Validation, the day will be cancelled at full cost and the team will need to go through a Day 2 assessment for £600 Plus VAT to achieve Quest Plus instead.


  • Getting the Inactive Active (Compulsory)
  • Engaging with Communities
  • Insight
  • Leadership
  • Contribution to Health and Wellbeing