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New 2018 Impact Report

We’re delighted to launch our new 2018 Impact Report! Over the last 12 months, we have supported 476 young people to achieve 877 combined tangible outcomes (an increase of 90 from 2016/17) through our two core programmes: TEENS and NEETS. This has been achieved by delivering more of these projects, including increased bespoke mentoring services through commissioned contract. Our impact has been measured through our robust monitoring and evaluation framework and we are grateful to the University of Wolverhampton for their support to validate these figures. The full journey and breakdown of these outcomes is set out on pages 5 and 6.

To view the full Impact Report, click on the front page image below.

Sport 4 Life UK’s work this year was recognised by the European Lotteries who awarded us the ‘EL Sports Awards 2018’ in respect of our organisation’s use of ‘sport as a tool to promote social inclusion, and make society a better place.’ We also featured on BBC Midlands Today and Channel 5 News, who reported on our sport for employment initiatives.

Youth unemployment continues to be a huge societal issue for young people living in disadvantaged communities, and who lack the required qualifications and life skills to enter and succeed in the workplace. We are proud of what we have achieved and remain committed to supporting young people, including those furthest away from the job market, through our sports-themed employment services.

Thank you to all of our staff, funders and partners who have supported us and been part of our exciting journey in 2017/18 and we hope to build on this success over the coming year.

European Lotteries Sport Award 2018 Winners

Sport 4 Life is delighted to be named winners of the European Lotteries Sport Award 2018. European Lotteries (EL) is the umbrella organisation of national lotteries across Europe, operating games of chance for the public benefit. Each year the commission launches a European-wide Sports Award. The EL Sports Award (along with €5,000 prize money) is offered to a non-for-profit organisation that has produced substantial work and tangible results within the field of sport, and most specifically within the wider area of sport for societal change. The ceremony was held at the EL Industry Day Conference in Prague, Czech Republic last week.

“We’re delighted to have received this prestigious award – It recognises Sport 4 Life as a leading ‘sport for development’ organisation across Europe and the tangible impact we’re making in tackling youth unemployment in Birmingham through sport.” Jack Skinner, Business Development Manager.


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.