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FIFA Visit S4L

We were delighted to be visited by FIFA this month to be filmed as part of their Football For Hope initiative.

Sport 4 Life UK receive support through Football For Hope that allows us to reach out to many young people across Birmingham using the world’s favourite game and then help them to create a better future for themselves through our sports-themed personal development programmes.

FIFA spent the afternoon with Sport 4 Life UK speaking to and filming staff, volunteers, and participants about the work we do and the support we receive through Football For Hope. They also visited a football session that engages newly arrived asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants to help them improve their life skills and integrate into society.

Keep your eyes peeled for the video produced by FIFA coming soon.

 

 

 

One Firm One Day

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.

 

Charity of the Year

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.” 

Body Shop Makeover

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.

 

 

 

Get fit 4 Employment

Get Fit 4 Employment

Our next Get Fit 4 Employment Programmes are taking place this May and June across Birmingham.

Get Fit 4 Employment is a FREE 5 week personal development and employability programme designed to help young people aged 16 to 25 get back into education, employment, and training.

The programme features:

Employability workshops
One to one mentoring support
Mock interviews at a local business

Weekly sports activities and trips
Level 1 Leadership Qualification
Social action project

There is a training bursary of £100 for anyone who completes the programme.

Free bus travel cards are provided for the duration of the programme.

To register your interest, complete the short form below or call 0121 456 18 18. For information click on the flyer below.

Birmingham East Get Fit 4 Employment
Starting on Tuesday 9th May

Birmingham South Get Fit 4 Employment
Starting on Tuesday 9th May

Birmingham Central Get Fit 4 Employment
Starting on Tuesday 30th May

 

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BEDSA Runners UP

Sport 4 Life UK are proud to announce that we finished runners up in our category at the 2017 Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards. Hosted by Sir Lenny Henry, the awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by black and minority ethnic communities.

The Awards help to drive change in the sport sector where more role models from more communities in more sports are a priority to increase participation. The recognition of hard work and dedication stimulates interest and unearths talent on and off the field of play. Sport 4 Life UK finished runners-up in the Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year Award and were very happy to be recognised in at these very prestigious awards.

Over 80% of young people involved in Sport 4 Life programmes are from BAME backgrounds and they actively work to engage and young people from all walks of life, backgrounds and circumstances.

Click here for more information on the awards, and to see the winners.

New Trustee Appointment

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.

Impact Report Released

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.

 

BEDSA 2017 Finalists

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.

 

Get On Track

Get On Track with Sport 4 Life!

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:

Employability workshops
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.

 

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