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.
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.
We are delighted to have been selected by Sports Leader UK to become a Leadership Academy. This award is given to organisations that go over and beyond the call of duty, providing a pathway for their learners beyond just gaining a qualification. Sport 4 Life UK provide learners with the opportunity to gain volunteer and gain valuable experience, putting into practice what they learn in their qualification. We are proud to be recognised as one of ten community organisations nationwide that have received this recognition.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid last week set out his vision for the future of UK Sport at the Centre for Social Justice. He highlighted the importance of investing in sport and how this can aid improving educational attainment, reversing anti social behaviour, and boosting employment.
“..By instilling the structure and discipline that sport demands – we can help to deliver other aims, like boosting employment. The work of Street League and Sport 4 Life is a testament to that”
He continued by saying that he wants to use sport as a force for social good and that funding should be focussed on the projects that deliver social impacts.
“Put simply, It’s about investing in the power of sport to change lives”
At Sport 4 Life UK, we work with the most disadvantaged young in Birmingham to make a positive change in their lives and unlock their true potential.
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We were very proud to play host to the Barclays Premier League Trophy during February half term. This privilege was courtesy of the work we carry with the Football Foundation and Barclays Spaces for Sport in Chamberlain Gardens, Ladywood. Our staff arranged a football tournament to coincide with the the trophy visit, and participants from across all projects were invited to take part and see one of the most coveted trophy’s in world football in the flesh.