On Friday 19th May, as part of their One Firm One Day volunteering initiative PwC hosted a cohort of young people from one of our employability programmes at their HQ in Birmingham. The day comprised of 5 PwC volunteers supporting our young people with essential employability skills. This included sessions on interview skills, financial planning and CV writing. Each of the young people also benefited from intensive one-to-one support which was really well received.
Employment and Training Tutor, Ashley Brown said,
“This workshop was really well received by our young people. The PwC staff engaged the young people really well from beginning to end. Experiences like this can help inspire the young people through the skills they learn from the workshop and the advice they receive. Our young people are looking forward to coming back for the mock interviews.”
Staff from PwC will also be supporting this cohort of young people with mock interviews that will be held at PwC in early June.
Sport 4 Life is delighted to be named Charity of the Year by the Busy Bees Training Academy.
Busy Bees Training Academy is a national, award winning training provider specialising in providing high quality training across the Early Years sector. With over 15 years experience of successfully delivering training solutions to many employer and learners, they boast overall success rates of above 80% which is considerably higher than the national average.
The team is made up of industry experts with a wealth of Early Years, catering and management knowledge and experience. They deliver bespoke training programmes in nursery settings and specialised training centres. As part of the wider Busy Bees Childcare group, the largest provider of quality childcare in the UK, they share the same vision that every child deserves the very best care.
“We’re delighted to have the Busy Bees Training Academy partnership in place. It’s one we’re very excited about – they are really keen to support our work by raising funds for our programmes but also providing our young people with tangible apprenticeship and employment opportunities.” Jack Skinner, Business Development Manager
Over the next year, staff at Busy Bees Training will fundraise through various events including a 5-mile sponsored walk in August, as well as support Sport 4 Life’s 10 year anniversary campaign. Their staff will also have the opportunity to support our work with NEET young people by supporting their progression routes from our programmes into sustainable employment.
Fay Gibbin, Training Manager at Busy Bees Training, said: “We’re all looking forward to getting our walking boots on and stepping out for such a worthy cause. Working with Sport 4 Life is so important to us as disadvantaged young people do not always have the best start in life but have the raw talent to pursue long and successful careers. We hope that the partnership will be beneficial for both sides but ultimately make a positive change across the West Midlands.”
Last weekend, we were pleased to have the support of the Body Shop and Neighbourly to transform one of our indoor spaces where we deliver life-changing personal development programmes to young people in Birmingham.
As part of Body Shop’s Enrich, not Exploit campaign, staff from the Body Shop and people from the local community came to together with Sport 4 Life staff and young people. They volunteered their time and transform the basement of the Dolphin Women’s Centre in Hodge Hill Birmingham, where Sport 4 Life UK deliver our Female only personal development programme, Project YOU.
A big thank you to everyone who volunteered their time on the day and thanks to The Body Shop and Neighbourly for supporting us.
Sport 4 Life UK are delighted to announce the appointment of Katrina Cooke to the Board of Trustees.
Katrina is Director of Marketing and Communications at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the UK. Prior to joining the Chamber, Katrina spent 8 years at Aston Villa Football Club responsible for their customer relationship management and supporter loyalty programmes. Katrina brings to the Board expertise in marketing, communications and events.
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.