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Future Face Charity of the year 2018/2019

Future Faces COTY

Future Faces has announced that Sport 4 Life UK will be its charity of the year for 2018-19. Future Faces is a legally constituted section of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and is designed to help businesses support and develop staff who are committed to…

Violent Crime Strategy

Sport 4 Life UK featured in a Channel 5 News report that looked into violent crimes amongst young people and outlined Government’s new strategy to tackle the growing issue. The Channel 5 news team visited a Sport 4 Life TEENS session and spoke with Senior…

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.…

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…

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…

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 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…

Child Poverty Report

MORE THAN HALF OF CHILDREN NOW LIVING IN POVERTY IN SOME PARTS OF THE UK 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…

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…

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…

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.…

BLF Success

We’re delighted to have been awarded £401,000 by the Big Lottery Fund for our sports-themed personal development programmes. These programmes will be delivered in the deprived inner-city area of Ladywood and support young people who are at the margins of society and who are NEET (not…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

New Year, Fresh Look

We’ve been busy over the last months of 2016 developing an exciting fresh look to celebrate a decade of Sport 4 Life UK and look forward to our future ahead. We are incredibly proud to present to you, our new refreshed logo.   Sport 4…

Charity of the Year

Sport 4 Life are delighted to be Clarke Willmott LLP’s local Charity of the Year for 2017. Clarke Willmott is a national firm of solicitors providing a broad spectrum of legal services for businesses and individuals. It’s a client-led law firm; with a strategic resolve which…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. Raise Your Hands is a charitable fundraising network that supports  smalls charities in the UK who work with…

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…

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…

Outstanding Impact Award Winners!

 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…

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…

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…

Leadership Academy Success

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…

Culture Secretary praises Sport 4 Life

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.…

Premier League Trophy visits Sport 4 Life UK

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…

New Love Brum Partnership

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Love Brum. Love Brum are a charity that look to support local projects that deliver real change in Birmingham. Sport 4 Life UK are Love Brum’s First Cause Of The Week and we hope to work…

Raise Your Hands Partnership

Sport 4 Life UK are to announce that we have been selected by Raise Your Hands as one of their six charities that they are committing to support over the next year. Find out more about how their support will help us in the upcoming…

New Annual Report Released

Sport 4 Life UK are pleased to announce the release of our latest Annual Report. The report highlights the important work we have carried out in the past year and the impact we have on the young people we work with. Click on the link…

Community Award Winners – BSA 2014

Sport 4 Life UK are proud to announce that we are winners of this year’s Birmingham Sports Award Community Award. This achievement highlights the work we are carrying out around Birmingham helping improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in the most deprived areas of…

Success with ‘Get On Track’ with Dame Kelly!

Sport 4 Life UK have successfully completed our first Get On Track programme with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. Run by two elite Great British Athletes (Anna Turney & Tom Davis) and Sport 4 Life’s own Training and Employment Tutor, the eight week personal development…