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Governance Award Shortlisting

We’ve are delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for The Charity Governance Awards 2016 for Improving Impact. Organised by The Clothworkers’ Company in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital, the awards are an exciting new not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities both small and large.

We will find out on 12th May 2016 if we have been successful, so keep your eyes peeled.

LSF Award Success

Sport 4 Life UK are 1 of 30 organisations in the West Midlands to have been awarded a share of the Local Sustainability Fund. The funds were awarded to organisations that provide vital services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people.Click here to find out more about the Local Sustainability Fund.

Kane's Day

Kane’s Day

Sport 4 Life UK hosted a Community Festival in memory of Kane Balogan,a 14 year old  participant on Sport 4 Life programmes and a talented rapper. Kane died when the car in which he was a passenger crashed into a  tree last October.

Kane’s Day which took place at Saltley Leisure Centre, brought together people from the local community, to celebrate the life of Kane Balogun. The day featured a football tournament for all age groups, MC-ing, and fundraising for a memorial fund in Kane’s name.

Kane’s Aunt, Anne-Marie Sadler said of the community festival, “Today was about him (Kane), coming together for Kane and celebrating what he loved to do.”

Leon Moses, Education Coordinator at Sport 4 Life said “Today was a day for everyone that knew Kane and his family to come together and celebrate his life.I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who supported this event in memory of Kane.”

Kane's Day

Impact Report Launch

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our latest impact report. Our Impact Report highlights the work we do with young people and the amazing progress they make as a result of our life changing programmes.

Click on the image below to see for yourself the impact Sport 4 Life programmes are having on the lives of the young people and why the we do is so vital. For further information about the work we do visit the impact section of our website.

Sport 4 Life UK Impact Report

Raise Your Hands raises £171k!

On the 15th October 2015 two hundred and forty guests assembled at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn to support the work of the charitable organisation Raise Your Hands.

DSC_2936Raise Your Hands is a charitable fundraising network that supports  smalls charities in the UK who work with children and young people. Sport 4 Life UK are one of six charities that Raise Your Hands is currently supporting.

The evening involved a silent and live auction, musical entertainment, and of course, dinner. By the end of the evening’s activities and incredible £171,000 was raised for the six charities. The money raised from the evening and from Raise Your Hand membership will be split between the six charities to use in delivery of our charitable outcomes.

If you would like to join the Raise Your Hand community or find out more about what they do, please click here to visit their website.

Sport 4 Life CEO Talks Growth with BVSC

Sport 4 Life UK’s CEO Tom Clarke-Forrest, caught up with the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) to talk about the challenges involved in growing a charity and his tops tips for expansion. He’s featured in the latest BVSC Update Magazine. Click on the image below to read the full article or click here to read the latest edition of the Magazine.



Sport 4 Life UK BVSC


Sport 4 Life Ambassador Breaks Records

Sport 4 Life UK Ambassador and multi Guinness World Record Holder Paddy Doyle increased his total of career strength speed stamina records to 416. Out of two punishing feats, Doyle set one and beat an existing record. The first to fall was the “one arm reverse plank exercise” this new record consisted of staying in a one arm push up position with a nominated arm locked out whilst carrying a 50 lb back pack.

The previous record holder William Cannon; Scotland’s number 1 endurance record holder set a time of 2 minutes and 8 seconds. Paddy surpassed it setting a new world record time of 3 minutes and 2 seconds.

He then went onto set a new fitness strength record completing the following exercises in 60 seconds:

5 strict one arm push ups carrying 50 lb pack in 20 seconds {using right arm only}, 4 strict back of hands push ups carrying 50 lb pack in 20 seconds and finally 12 strict press ups carrying 50 lb pack in 20 seconds.

” It was a great feeling to beat Scottish record holder William Cannon, he is setting some tough fitness records lately. However I am very much focused on the most records in a calendar year it is taking a lot out of me especially as I am beating existing official records, injuries are starting to slow me down but I have to adapt and dig deep.”

Outstanding Impact Award Winners!

awards Regional Winner Logo We’re delighted to announce we have been selected as the winner for the Outstanding Impact Award, West Midlands by The 2015  Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards.

This past year (July 2014 to June 2015), Sport 4 Life UK programmes have helped:

– 275 young people gain a qualification,
– 537 young people transform their behaviour
– 536 young people improve their self esteem
– 51 ex-offenders to not re-offend
– 217 unemployed young people back into education employment, or training

“It is a great achievement to receive recognition for the work we do. This award is a big compliment to all our staff who go the extra mile to help young people, and our programmes that recognise the needs of the young people, the barriers they face in life, and how we can overcome them together. It is the combination of these things that enable us to have such a significant impact on the lives of young people.”

Sport 4 Life UK Chief Executive, Tom Clarke-Forrest

Our awards entry will now go forward to the UK Judging Panel where we will be judged alongside all other regional winners, with the results to be announced later on in the year in October.

Investors In People

Sport 4 Life UK are pleased to announce that we have achieved the Investors In People standard. This is a nationally recognised standard awarded to organisations that are committed to supporting the training & development needs of their staff to achieve their business goals and ensure staff are involved and empowered to fulfil their role to the best of their ability.


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Lickey Hills Residential

During Half Term week in May, Sport 4 Life UK took 17 disadvantaged young boys from our TEENS programme on a three day residential trip to Lickey Hills Country Park in Worcestershire. For most of the young people (aged 12 to 16), this was their first chance to experience life away from home and being outside of Birmingham for the first time. It was also a great opportunity for them to gain their first formal qualifications in the form of a Sports Leaders Level 1 in Leadership, Youth Achievement Award, or Boxing Proficiency. Over the three days the young people also took part in various activities around the country park, including orienteering, scrambling, and tracking. Ricky, aged 15 said,

“It would have been great if we could have stayed for longer. I wish I had learnt these skills at school.”

These residential trips and qualifications help young people get away from the grind of daily life to develop some fundamental key skills such as communication, organisation, and leaderships. The skills that the young people develop will serve them very well their future lives to achieve their true potential.


Lickey Hills Residential

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