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Kevin at employability skills training at Suited For Success

Dan’s December Blog

I have been working with Kevin as part of our Employability skills service, here is his story: We began the week with an all-day Employability Skills Training at the Signing Tree in Ladywood. The training focuses on developing young people’s interview skills as well as…

Expansion into Walsall

Sport 4 Life UK is thrilled to announce a new project supporting NEET young people aged between 18 -29 years old, launching in January at the Walsall Campus of the University of Wolverhampton. This new project will include a Level 2 sports qualification as well…

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S4L is part of NCS 2.0

Sport 4 Life UK is pleased to be part of the NCS Trust’s new network. The network of NCS providers deliver this unforgettable programme to thousands of young people each year. Sport 4 Life UK will be providing the programme with Reed in Partnership in the West Midlands.

Reflections on SFW Festival 19

Employability Mentor Hannah Kaur, recently attended streetfootballworld Festival 19 in France. She attended the festival with co-worker Joe Kahighi and four young people from our services. Streetfootballworld conducted a number of exclusive interviews with attendees,

TSB Pride of Birmingham

Sport 4 Life features in the Birmingham Mail, covering our mentoring work with unemployed young people across Birmingham, and looking at a specific case study who has benefited from our support – as part of TSB Pride of Birmingham. The full article which is also…

Learning Through Failure

On Friday 19th October, UpShot and Sports Think Tank hosted a one day event called ‘The F Word – Learning Through Failure’. The purpose of the event was to bring together leaders, peers and stakeholders from the third sector to discuss the concept of failure and…

BPBA – Not For Profit Winners

On Thursday 1st November, the ICC hosted the prestigious Birmingham Post Business Awards. The annual awards ceremony aims to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Birmingham, who are putting our region

Awards Ambassador Becomes Mentor

As part of Sport 4 Life UK’s NEETS ‘Get Fit 4 Employment’ service, unemployed young people have the opportunity to improve their interview skills by attending structured mock interviews with corporate company partners across Birmingham. 

New 2018 Impact Report

We’re delighted to launch our new 2018 Impact Report! Over the last 12 months, we have supported 476 young people to achieve 877 combined tangible outcomes (an increase of 90 from 2016/17) through our two core programmes: TEENS and NEETS.

EL Sport Award 2018 Winners

Sport 4 Life is delighted to be named winners of the European Lotteries Sport Award 2018. European Lotteries (EL) is the umbrella organisation of national lotteries across Europe, operating games of chance for the public benefit.

Future Faces Partnership

Future Faces has announced that Sport 4 Life UK will be its partner 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 developing

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

EU-Wide Employability Toolkit

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

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

End 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

Impact Report 2017 Launched

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.…

Big Lottery Fund 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

PwC 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

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

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…

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.

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

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…

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…

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

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

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

Local Sustainability Fund 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…

S4L organise ‘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.

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 Dinner!

On the 15th October 2015 two hundred and forty guests assembled at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn to support the work of the Raise Your Hands. Raise Your Hands is a grant giving network that supports  smalls charities in the UK who work with children and…

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.

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

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. 

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

Premier League Trophy visits S4L

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.

Raise Your Hands Partnership

Sport 4 Life UK are delighted to announce that it has been selected by Raise Your Hands as one of their six charities that they are committing to support over the next year. Raise Your Hands are committed to charities supporting children and young people…

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