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Weston Charity Award Winners

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.”

Weston Charity Awards Logo


Pilotlight Partner Charity 2016

Charity Governance Award Winners

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.”


Sport 4 Life UK, winner at Charity Governance Awards 2016


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.”

National Sport for Good Winners

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.

Award Winners
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.”


Sustainability Successes!

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.

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 Dinner!

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

DSC_2936Raise Your Hands is a grant giving 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 programmes.

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


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