Sport for Change Project

Comic Relief

Bringing development opportunities to young people 'at risk' through sport

 

Access Sport is delighted to announce that we have recently secured funding for the 2nd phase of the Sport 4 Change project from Comic Relief. The project will commence in the spring of 2014 and will be an extension of the fantastic work done in the 1st phase that finished in August this year.

 

What is the Sport for Change Project?

In working with volunteer-led community sport clubs to create bespoke club development plans, Access Sport encourages clubs to engage with young people who are ‘at risk’ of educational failure, anti-social behaviour or crime.  Targeting an early intervention age group of 8–16 years, where these sports clubs can demonstrate a real impact plus direction on a young person’s attitude and lifestyle choices.
The project has also engaged those aged 16 and over to help facilitate lifestyle change, helping to create positive young role models. This has also provided opportunities for them to progress in their own personal development and gain employability skills, including those in leadership, trust, communication and decision making.
The first phase of the project was hugely successful and saw the development of 10 community clubs in London and Bristol in areas such as building club capacity, expertise and partnerships in youth development, and to create pathways from the community sports clubs onto apprenticeships, employment and further educational opportunities

In working with volunteer-led community sport clubs to create bespoke club development plans, Access Sport encourages clubs to engage with young people who are ‘at risk’ of educational failure, anti-social behaviour or crime.  Targeting an early intervention age group of 8–16 years, where these sports clubs can demonstrate a real impact plus direction on a young person’s attitude and lifestyle choices.

The project has also engaged those aged 16 and over to help facilitate lifestyle change, helping to create positive young role models. This has also provided opportunities for them to progress in their own personal development and gain employability skills, including those in leadership, trust, communication and decision making.

The first phase of the project was hugely successful and saw the development of 10 community clubs in London and Bristol in areas such as building club capacity, expertise and partnerships in youth development, and to create pathways from the community sports clubs onto apprenticeships, employment and further educational opportunities.


In 2012-2013,

  • 337 young people have joined clubs
  • 1091 young people from disadvantaged areas have benefitted from outreach activities or events including 297 who were NEET or 'at high risk' of education failure, anti-social behavior and crime
  • 17 coaches or volunteers have attended youth development focused on training or workshops
  • 64 young people (aged 16-25) have gained awards or qualifications to enable them to support their community clubs in the last year
  • Through Access Sport, 4 individuals have received work experience, 1 individual has become an apprentice, and 19 individuals have become paid BMX coaches
  • One brand new club has been set up in the heart of an estate in Tower Hamlets

 

Awards

  • Bonny Brown received a 'Thank You Award' from the Lord Mayor for running Easton Street Sportz (Bristol)
  • Montell Ferguson was nominated for Apprentice of the Year at the Bristol Post Apprenticeship Awards

 

Why are we running this project?

Young people growing up in disadvantaged communities across the UK may not realise their full potential and miss out on opportunities that lead to a positive path in life.  Many grow up on inner-city estates viewing negative activities such as gangs, drugs, and prostitution as a means to make a living.  Youth development is part of every child’s progression to adulthood, enabling them to develop self-confidence, respect for others and aspirations to achieve.  Through sport young people can gain key life skills, employability skills and even accreditations that enhance their opportunities of attending education, training and employment.  Sport is also effective in early intervention, preventing youth crime and acting as a diversion for those already caught up in the criminal justice system.

 

The 2nd Phase

We are currently planning the 2nd phase of the Project that will consist of working with 24 London based clubs. We will be building on the learnings from the 1st phase in the hope that we can continue to use sport as a tool for social change and provide young people with fantastic development opportunities.

If you are currently involved with a community sports club and are interested in hearing more about this project please do get in touch with Kate on 020 7993 9983 or email Kate.Anstey@accesssport.co.uk

 

 


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