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Project Manager Vacancy

The Project Manager role is a senior position within S4L. Working at a programme management level, the successful candidate will play a vital role in ensuring the operational delivery of our NEET programme is standardised and of high quality. The role also includes strategic input, developing existing – and sourcing new – operational partnerships for both the ‘outreach / referral’ and ‘progression’ areas of our delivery model. This is a target-driven role, working against clear personal objectives, as well as against the Operational Plan KPIs. The Project Manager must be performance driven, have tangible project and performance management experience/ qualifications, and fit S4L’s values.


Title: Project Manager – Ref 053

£30,000 – £33,000 (dependant on experience)

37.5 hours per week

Birmingham, West Midlands

Contract Type

Closing Date
Sunday 22nd April 2018 (midnight)

Interview Dates
Tuesday 1st or Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Start Date
Monday 4th June 2018

The successful candidate must be performance driven, have tangible experience, and undertake duties and responsibilities including:

  • Project management
  • Performance management
  • Programme development
  • Volunteer management
  • Strategic / leadership input
  • A flexible working approach

The Project Manager is a dynamic, personable and progressive individual, who works well in a growing, changing and targeted environment, whilst upholding the Values of Sport 4 Life UK. They will be confident and professional, with the ability to motivate and inspire people. The Project Manager is a good communicator at all levels, a good listener, and can work effectively both internally (colleagues, subordinates) and externally (funders, partners, stakeholders).

For more information on the role, please click on the link below to view the Job Pack.

Project Manager (reference: 053) – Job Pack


To apply for this position you need to complete the online application form by clicking here and uploading the following documents by midnight on Sunday 22nd April :

  1. Your CV
  2. Your cover letter stating why you believe you are the right person for the job and how you meet the job and person specification (please limit this to one side of A4)

Alliance of Sport feature Sport 4 Life

The ‘National Alliance of Sport For the Desistance of Crime’ (NASDC) recently featured Sport 4 Life by producing a news article covering all aspects of Sport 4 Life’s work including the need, history of the organisation, how sport is used, programmes, impact and case studies. NASDC is underpinned by a single belief – that the power of sport is one of the most effective tools at engaging and supporting the most challenging and complex people in society. With over 300 members, its purpose is to work strategically with key stakeholders and provide leadership, coordination and evidence for sport in the desistance of crime. A preview of the article is below:

Sport 4 Life offer lifeline to Birmingham’s disillusioned youth

  • An astonishing 37% of children in Birmingham live in poverty – 100,000 in total. 
  • 40% of the city’s population live in the top 10% most deprived areas of the UK. 
  • Children growing up in deprived circumstances are far less likely to achieve five GCSEs at A-C (only 33% do so in Birmingham) 
  • Birmingham has the highest youth unemployment of the UK’s core cities (8.9% – double the UK average) 

It’s statistics like these that starkly outline the importance of Sport4Life’s work. Using sport as an engagement tool, their programmes develop the confidence, life skills and employability of at-risk young people, many of whom have been through the criminal justice system. 

Sport 4 Life was founded in 2006 by Tom Clarke-Forrest, combining his passions for sport, young people and his home city of Birmingham. Initially it consisted of participatory activities designed to simply divert young people away from anti-social behaviour. In 2010 the strategy widened to achieving the ‘hard outcome’ of employability. 

You can read the full article here:


New EU-Wide Sport & Employability Toolkit Launched

Sport 4 Life UK has been heavily involved in the creation of an EU-wide toolkit which provides a blue-print for delivering successful sports-themed employability programmes to young people. The research project ‘Team Up!’, in partnership with global football charity streetfootballworld, spanned over 2 and half years, brought together 8 EU-based partners working in the ‘sport for employment’ sector, and culminated in the toolkit resource. Sport 4 Life’s involvement covered best practice, training, case studies, EU project visits, and co-writing of the resource. The toolkit provides useful practical advice and guidance, and is aimed at organisation who (a) deliver sports programme, but want to include employability activities or (b) deliver employability programmes, but want to include football / sport as a tool. You can read the toolkit at the following link: or by clicking here.

Sport 4 Life on BBC News

BBC Midlands Today visited Sport 4 Life UK as part of their Sport Relief launch. They spoke to young people and staff from a Sport Relief funded sports-themed employability programme. Watch their report below to see how Aaron was able to turn his life around and how Sport 4 Life supported Caitlin back into work.



Commonwealth Games 2022

Birmingham – Heart of the UK, soul of the Commonwealth

Sport 4 Life UK’s Founder & CEO  shares his reflections on Birmingham becoming the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

In just over four years, in July 2022, the world’s gaze will focus on Birmingham, my hometown, as the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Announced on 21st December 2017 at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham, it will be the third Commonwealth Games to be hosted in England, following London (in 1934) and Manchester (in 2002).

Sitting at the heart of the UK, Birmingham reflects the diversity of the Commonwealth – indeed it has been referred to as the “Commonwealth City” – and is therefore perfectly positioned to attract people from across the UK, and from all corners of the globe and ensure that the benefits of hosting extend from the city and region, to the UK and the Commonwealth.

One of the youngest cities in Europe, Birmingham is vibrant and richly diverse. As Commonwealth Games Federation President, Louise Martin CBE, said: “With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth, and so the Commonwealth Sports Movement looks forward to collaborating with all the Games partners to showcase the city’s humanity and pride to a global audience over the coming months and years.”

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70 Commonwealth nations will compete in 18 different sports. Hundreds of millions will be spent. Heroes will be made. Dreams will be fulfilled. Dreams will be crushed. Men and women, of all abilities, will push – and break – the boundaries of athletic endeavour. And the world will be united, as millions of worldwide spectators tune in to Birmingham – “heart of the UK, soul of the Commonwealth”.

I, for one, cannot wait for the event to commence. I very much hope to be there, in person, for the opening ceremony, on 27th July 2022 – the anniversary of the opening ceremony of the historic London 2012 Olympics. Will Birmingham live up to the hype? Will our medal hopefuls crumble under the media pressure and spotlight, or will the home advantage spur them on to gold medal glory? Only in time will these questions be answered, but one thing is for sure – the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games promise to be a fantastic occasion and viewing a must for all sports fans like myself.

The Commonwealth Games are, however, so much more than just another sporting competition. The Games symbolise a movement that embodies important values for society as a whole – respect, courage, determination, inspiration, excellence, passion, and equality. They are a tool for social and economic regeneration, building homes and creating jobs. And they are an opportunity to achieve a real, long-lasting sporting legacy for the UK and, indeed, for the people of Birmingham. For these reasons, the Commonwealth Games should be of real interest to all sectors here in the second city.

There will inevitably be numerous ways that individuals, communities, charities and businesses can get involved in the Commonwealth spirit and movement. You can use the spirit as an incentive to get fit and healthy, neighbourhoods can organise their own community games, you can join in the numerous mass participation events that will take place throughout the region, and everyone can watch the action – live!

Sport for social change is exactly what Sport 4 Life UK, the organisation I founded and am CEO of, stands for. We use sport as a vehicle to support young people back into sustained employment and education. We promote the Commonwealth values to all our young people, developing crucial life skills to support them in their future careers and wider life goals.

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Sport can also teach so many valuable life lessons – how to respond when you lose, sacrifice, commitment, courage, committing to a dream, believing in yourself, team work, never giving up. Combined with targeted employability support, such as accredited qualifications, workshops and one-to-one mentoring, through our structured programmes in Birmingham – we change lives. And we’ll be sure to join the Commonwealth movement and spirit in celebration of the power of sport.

The most important thing is that everyone feels part of Commonwealth Games – by being a spectator, watching it on TV, by joining in the cultural and sporting activities, by working at the event, or by volunteering.

This event will not be on our doorstep again anytime soon and so I encourage you to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity as the next four years will inevitably go by quickly.



Birmingham Business Charter

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

This award recognises organisations that have acknowledged the importance of corporate social responsibility, to help Birmingham improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of Birmingham’s citizens

Matthew Forsyth, Operations Executive of Sport 4 Life said this of being awarded the Charter.

“The local community is very important to us and we are proud to be working in the heart of Birmingham.  We are committed to actively demonstrate that the values of the Charter are embedded in the values of Sport 4 Life UK.”

Child Poverty Report


The End Child Poverty coalition has published new figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK.  The new figures reveal that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty – compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.

The local child poverty estimates are broken down by parliamentary constituency, local authority and ward. Child poverty is the highest in large cities, particularly in London, Birmingham and Manchester.  Among the twenty parliamentary constituencies with the highest levels of childhood poverty, seven are located in London, three in Birmingham, and three in Manchester.

At Sport 4 Life UK, we work in the constituencies across Birmingham with the highest levels of child poverty. We work with young people aged 12 – 29 and support them through our sports-themed personal development programmes. We believe in a level playing field where young people have the opportunity to create better futures for themselves. Our programmes and mentoring provide a path for young people to achieve this.

To read more about the report, please click here.

Super League

Sport 4 Life UK is launching a FREE weekly 5-a-side Super League this February for young people aged 16 to 29.

If you love playing football, then come along to our FREE weekly sessions, starting on Thursday 1st February. The league is suitable for all abilities and you can bring your friends, or a team along. Full details are below.

Sport 4 Life Super League

Start Date: Thursday 1st February
Time: 3pm to 4pm
Location: 3G ASV pitch, The Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre, Woodcock Street, Birmingham, B7 4ET

Interested? Simply come along to the first session on Thursday 1st February, or for more information contact Chelsea Mulheir on [email protected] or 07907 287 887

Get fit 4 Employment

Get Fit 4 Employment

Get Fit 4 Employment is a FREE 5 week personal development and employability programme designed to help young people aged 16 to 29 get back into education, employment, and training.

Our next Get Fit 4 Employment Programmes are starting in February and March across Birmingham.

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.

Complete the form below, and of our friendly mentors will be in touch with you with more information about our programme and how to join.


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Impact Report 2017

Sport 4 Life UK is delighted to release it’s latest Impact Report. The vibrant report showcases the work carried out over the last financial year. Chief Executive Tom Clarke-Forrest summarises the highlights of a successful year and looks ahead in the short one-minute video below.

Sport 4 Life would like to thank its key funders, partners, stakeholders, staff and young people, who have contributed to this year’s success.

To view the full Impact Report, click on the front page image below.

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