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Alliance of Sport feature Sport 4 Life

The ‘National Alliance of Sport For the Desistance of Crime’ (NASDC) recently featured Sport 4 Life by producing a news article covering all aspects of Sport 4 Life’s work including the need, history of the organisation, how sport is used, programmes, impact and case studies. NASDC is underpinned by a single belief – that the power of sport is one of the most effective tools at engaging and supporting the most challenging and complex people in society. With over 300 members, its purpose is to work strategically with key stakeholders and provide leadership, coordination and evidence for sport in the desistance of crime. A preview of the article is below:

Sport 4 Life offer lifeline to Birmingham’s disillusioned youth

  • An astonishing 37% of children in Birmingham live in poverty – 100,000 in total. 
  • 40% of the city’s population live in the top 10% most deprived areas of the UK. 
  • Children growing up in deprived circumstances are far less likely to achieve five GCSEs at A-C (only 33% do so in Birmingham) 
  • Birmingham has the highest youth unemployment of the UK’s core cities (8.9% – double the UK average) 

It’s statistics like these that starkly outline the importance of Sport4Life’s work. Using sport as an engagement tool, their programmes develop the confidence, life skills and employability of at-risk young people, many of whom have been through the criminal justice system. 

Sport 4 Life was founded in 2006 by Tom Clarke-Forrest, combining his passions for sport, young people and his home city of Birmingham. Initially it consisted of participatory activities designed to simply divert young people away from anti-social behaviour. In 2010 the strategy widened to achieving the ‘hard outcome’ of employability. 

You can read the full article here:


New EU-Wide Sport & Employability Toolkit Launched

Sport 4 Life UK has been heavily involved in the creation of an EU-wide toolkit which provides a blue-print for delivering successful sports-themed employability programmes to young people. The research project ‘Team Up!’, in partnership with global football charity streetfootballworld, spanned over 2 and half years, brought together 8 EU-based partners working in the ‘sport for employment’ sector, and culminated in the toolkit resource. Sport 4 Life’s involvement covered best practice, training, case studies, EU project visits, and co-writing of the resource. The toolkit provides useful practical advice and guidance, and is aimed at organisation who (a) deliver sports programme, but want to include employability activities or (b) deliver employability programmes, but want to include football / sport as a tool. You can read the toolkit at the following link: or by clicking here.