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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

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BEDSA 2017 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.

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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

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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 Life UK CEO, Tom Clarke-Forrest had this to say about the refresh:

“I can still vividly remember how it all started. My brother and I were discussing our post-university career plans (or lack thereof) back in 2006. We talked about our passions – sport, football, young people, social action, Birmingham – and whether we could use these to create something and make a difference. The idea of Sport 4 Life was born.

Ten years later and Sport 4 Life is still here – and stronger than ever. Never in our wildest dreams did we think it would come this far. Over the past decade, we’ve spent over £2.5 million on our sports-themed personal development programmes. We’ve worked intensively with more than 5,000 disadvantaged young people, supporting them to find jobs, re-engage with education, stop offending and improve their life-skills. We’ve won prestigious awards, built strong partnerships, received media attention and, most of all, been constantly reminded of the true potential young people have in our society.

But there is still much to do. Over the next decade, we want to engage more young people, expand our work beyond Birmingham and improve our impact. The future for Sport 4 Life is bright – and I’m proud to announce this future will include a vibrant new look. We are undertaking a brand refresh to better reflect who we are, what we do and where we’re going. And I, for one, am incredibly excited about the journey ahead.”

We will be rolling out the new logo and branding across Sport 4 Life over the coming weeks and months, so keep your eyes peeled.

Clarke Willmott Partnership

Sport 4 Life are delighted to be partnering with Clarke Willmott LLP 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 has earned them a strong reputation. Clarke Willmott work closely with their clients to provide legal advice and tailored solutions for their particular situation which is paramount. They invest time and energy into developing strong client relationships in order to add real value and achieve positive results.

Over 2017, Clarke Willmott’s Birmingham team of lawyers and solicitors will fundraise through their annual fundraising events as well as support Sport 4 Life’s 10 year anniversary campaign. They staff will also have the opportunity to support our programmes and provide mock interviews and interview skills days for our young people to improve their life skills and employability.

“We’re delighted to have Clarke Willmott supporting us over 2017; they have shown real enthusiasm and passion to making this year a very successful partnership and one we’re very looking forward to. They have an impressive commitment to CSR; supporting financially as well as operationally which is fantastic.” Jack Skinner, Business Development Manager

For more information on Clarke Willmott and their CSR scheme, please visit their website here.

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

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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.”

 

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