An overview of the Social Inclusion Programme

Access Sport’s Social Inclusion Programme is made up of two ground breaking projects; The High Sheriff Project which is focused in both Manchester & Oxford, and The Better Futures Project, focussed specifically in London.

The High Sheriff Project was established in 2014 and harnesses the power of local businesses, councils and the third sector to enrich and develop community sports clubs, providing opportunities to young people living in the most deprived wards of Manchester and Oxford. Similarly, the Better Futures Project was established in 2014 and supports community clubs in London to reach out to and provide opportunities for young people from disadvantaged communities, though the powerful hook of sport.

Both Projects are unified in their mission to use sport as a tool to tackle social exclusion where the need is greatest and to create positive youth development pathways for the most hard to reach and vulnerable young people.

 

Why the Social Inclusion Programme exists

There continues to exist inequalities within our communities, as well as a number of barriers to participation in sport – this is particularly true for young people from underrepresented or minority groups such as NEET young people, females, and those from BME backgrounds.

The Social Inclusion Programme therefore exists because we believe that sport is a powerful tool to engage with the most hard to reach and vulnerable young people, and can provide a platform from which they can enhance their life prospects.

Furthermore, we believe that sport has an important role to play in developing community cohesion in the most deprived wards, building our beneficiaries’ aspirations, and providing vital life-skills such as team work, leadership, determination, and respect.

The unique selling point of the programme

The Social Inclusion Programme seeks to offer more than just physical activity and sport within the communities in which it works. We provide opportunities for young people to gain qualifications through various training and courses, for example, Sports Leaders Awards, Peer-led First Aid training, Bike Maintenance courses, and British Cycling Young Volunteers Awards. These play an important role in engaging our beneficiaries in something positive and preparing them for paid employment or further education – ultimately enhancing their life prospects.

 

Key Partners of the Programme
  • Sport England
  • Oxford City Council & Manchester City Council
  • High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Greater Manchester
  • Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity
  • Greater Sport County Sports Partnerships
  • Comic Relief
  • St John’s Ambulance