We are proud to release our lastest impact report showcasing the work we have done to support young people in our last company year. The report outlines why we exist, what programmes we deliver, our life-changing impact on the lives of young people, and real life stories of Kelly and Javorn who have benefited from joining our programmes.
Click on the image below to download a copy of our report, or visit the impact section of our website to see more.
We are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted as finalists for the Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year Award at the 2017 Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA).
The BEDSAs are designed to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by black and minority ethnic communities. The Awards will help drive change in the sport sector where role models from more communities in more sports are a priority to increase participation.
The BEDSAs are founded by Sporting Equals, who exist to actively promote greater involvement in sport and physical activity by disadvantaged communities, particularly, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population.
There is a public vote to help decide the winner of the award, please visit www.bedsa.co.uk/vote to cast your vote for Sport 4 Life UK.
We’re recruiting young people for our next Get On Track programme starting in February!
Get On Track is a free sports-themed personal development and employability programme delivered in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. The programme is led by world class athletes mentors who will develop your personal and key employability skills to help you get back into education, employment, or training.
The programme features:
Tailored one to one mentoring support
Mock interviews at a local business
Weekly sports activities and trips
Social action project
Free lunch and travel passes
There is a training bursary of £100 for anyone who completes the programme.
The programme starts on Monday 13th February at 10am at the Lighthouse Young People’s Centre.
To register your interest, complete the short form below or call 0121 456 18 18. For information click on the flyer below.
We’ve been busy over the last months of 2016 developing an exciting fresh look to celebrate a decade of Sport 4 Life UK and look forward to our future ahead. We are incredibly proud to present to you, our new refreshed logo.
Sport 4 Life UK CEO, Tom Clarke-Forrest had this to say about the refresh:
“I can still vividly remember how it all started. My brother and I were discussing our post-university career plans (or lack thereof) back in 2006. We talked about our passions – sport, football, young people, social action, Birmingham – and whether we could use these to create something and make a difference. The idea of Sport 4 Life was born.
Ten years later and Sport 4 Life is still here – and stronger than ever. Never in our wildest dreams did we think it would come this far. Over the past decade, we’ve spent over £2.5 million on our sports-themed personal development programmes. We’ve worked intensively with more than 5,000 disadvantaged young people, supporting them to find jobs, re-engage with education, stop offending and improve their life-skills. We’ve won prestigious awards, built strong partnerships, received media attention and, most of all, been constantly reminded of the true potential young people have in our society.
But there is still much to do. Over the next decade, we want to engage more young people, expand our work beyond Birmingham and improve our impact. The future for Sport 4 Life is bright – and I’m proud to announce this future will include a vibrant new look. We are undertaking a brand refresh to better reflect who we are, what we do and where we’re going. And I, for one, am incredibly excited about the journey ahead.”
We will be rolling out the new logo and branding across Sport 4 Life over the coming weeks and months, so keep your eyes peeled.
Sport 4 Life are delighted to be Clarke Willmott LLP’s local Charity of the Year for 2017.
Clarke Willmott is a national firm of solicitors providing a broad spectrum of legal services for businesses and individuals. It’s a client-led law firm; with a strategic resolve which has earned them a strong reputation. Clarke Willmott work closely with their clients to provide legal advice and tailored solutions for their particular situation which is paramount. They invest time and energy into developing strong client relationships in order to add real value and achieve positive results.
Over 2017, Clarke Willmott’s Birmingham team of lawyers and solicitors will fundraise through their annual fundraising events as well as support Sport 4 Life’s 10 year anniversary campaign. They staff will also have the opportunity to support our programmes and provide mock interviews and interview skills days for our young people to improve their life skills and employability.
“We’re delighted to have Clarke Willmott supporting us over 2017; they have shown real enthusiasm and passion to making this year a very successful partnership and one we’re very looking forward to. They have an impressive commitment to CSR; supporting financially as well as operationally which is fantastic.” Jack Skinner, Business Development Manager
For more information on Clarke Willmott and their CSR scheme, please visit their website here.
NEW FIGURES REVEAL NEARLY HALF OF CHILDREN ARE LIVING IN POVERTY IN SOME PARTS OF THE UK
The End Child Poverty coalition has today published new figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK. There are more than 3 and a half million children living in poverty in the UK, and the new figures reveal that whilst child poverty exists in every part of the country, as many as 47% of children are living in poverty in some areas – compared to one in ten in others.
The local child poverty estimates are broken down by parliamentary constituency, local authority, and ward. Child poverty is the highest in large cities, particularly in London, Birmingham and Manchester.The table below illustrates, among the ten parliamentary constituencies with the highest levels of childhood poverty, three are located in Birmingham.
At Sport 4 Life UK, we work in the constituencies across Birmingham with the highest levels of child poverty. We work with young people aged 12 – 25 and support them through our free sports-themed personal development programmes. We believe in a level playing field where every young person has the opportunity to create a better future for themselves. Our programmes and mentoring provide a path for young people to achieve this.
To read more about the report, please click here.
We are pleased to announce that Sport 4 Life are the proud recipients of a Weston Charity Award. The Awards celebrate and support excellent charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community through a year of strategic planning support and unrestricted funding. The Awards are an initiative of the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight.
As part of the Award, Sport 4 Life will receive support from Pilotlight. Pilotlight helps ambitious charities and social enterprises thrive by harnessing the skills of business leaders. The Pilotlight Programme is about coaching charity and social enterprise leaders to develop their business skills, strengthen their organisation and increase its impact.
Sport 4 Life, chief executive, Tom Clarke-Forrest, said of the award:
“Investing in fundraising and income generation is really important. However, there is a cultural aversion among some funders and the public to fund core costs, as they want it to go to charitable delivery only. That can be counter-productive. If a charity wants to grow, be sustainable and to make an impact, it has to invest in overheads. No one bats an eyelid about the role of overheads when talking about business investments. If more people realised that overheads are so important in helping charities grow and achieve meaningful social impact, the sector would be in a much better place.”
He added: “We were really pleased and delighted to get the award, and are looking forward to the challenge that’s ahead. The ambitious targets we have for the future have the full support of staff and trustees, and now will benefit from key business development support through Pilotlight. That is very exciting for us.”
Sport 4 Life UK has been named a winner at the UK’s first Charity Governance Awards 2016. Sport 4 Life won the award for Improving Impact at the event introduced by broadcaster Edward Stourton in The Clothworkers Hall, London. As part of their win, Sport 4 Life also takes home the prize of a £5,000 unrestricted grant.
Sport 4 Life UK was one of six winning charities at the Charity Governance Awards with organisations representing a diverse range of subject areas including youth work, heritage conservation, mental health support, palliative care, and community improvement.
The Judging panel said this of Sport 4 Life’s Award win. “The charity was able to demonstrate how it had improved its impact over time. The judges were impressed with how thorough the approach to impact measurement was, including increased data collection and the use of tools. Notably the board embraced this new way of working with energy and enthusiasm and they continue to use the data to inform the strategic development of the charity.”
Michael Jarvis, who presented the awards on behalf of organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “Congratulations to our superb winners! We had a tough field to choose from with some excellent examples of great charity governance. This inaugural year has demonstrated that sound governance can work in a variety of shapes or forms. But what they all have in common is that they are delivering the best possible impact on those for whom they seek to make a real difference.
“To continue our journey towards better governance, we will be running the Charity Governance Awards again in 2017. We would be delighted to hear from charities across the board, big and small, who are demonstrating great governance, when we open for entries on 6 October.”
We are delighted to announce that Sport 4 Life UK have been recognised at the National StreetGames Awards as the winners of the Sport for Good Award. StreetGames is a UK wide charity network with over 800 members that uses sport to change lives and communities in deprived areas. The Awards took place as part of a two day National Sport 4 Good Conference at Warwick University.
Sport 4 Life creates a better future for unemployed and socially excluded young people, by improving their employability and key life skills through our sports-themed personal development programmes.
Matthew Forsyth, Sport 4 Life Operations Executive said of the award: “It is an honour to be recognised for the work we do, especially in a national setting. This award will help to raise awareness of the great work we do in helping young people and raise the profile of the charity. It is also a big pat on the back to our staff who deliver our life changing programmes.”
We are delighted to announce our sports-themed employability programmes for NEET young people in Ladywood and Washwood Heath have been secured for the next three years through funding from Comic Relief. We have also expanded into a new area of Birmingham (Sparkbrook) with support from The Henry Smith Charity and Raise Your Hands. These grants will provide funding of £185,000 for direct charitable delivery over the next three years.
In the last year, our programmes helped over 1,000 young people re-engage with education, employment, and training. The funding secured will help us continue to reach the most socially excluded young people in Birmingham to help them create a better future for themselves and unlock their true potential.