Impact Report 2020/2021

Our sports-themed personal development services are designed to bring out the best in young people by providing them with high-quality sessions, mentoring, and guidance.

Over this past year, we have seen unprecedented demand for our services. Young people have faced disrupted education, a shrinking jobs market, and isolation from their loved ones.

Between July 2020, and June 2021, we are proud to have meaningfully supported 1,015 young people to gain new skills, stay physically and mentally healthy and increase their chances of moving into sustained education, employment or training.

95% of young people significantly improved their employability skills


This impact is a snapshot of our 20-21 year, as of 30/06/21.


946 Male, 399 Female, 1 Transgender 

  • 78% from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • 37% Asian (Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Afghani)
  • 22% white British
  • 6% Other (European, Arab, Irish, Welsh)
  • 35% Black African and Caribbean


1,406 Young people engaged with Sport 4 Life (one attendance)

  • 881 young people have entered the service (EE, Quals, Mentoring) (309 NEET and 549 EET)
  • 414 young people are engaging in structured sports sessions


1,015 Young people have been meaningfully supported

  • 424 received 1 to 1 mentoring support (266 NEET and 158 EET)
  • 266 attended employability activities (148 NEET and 118 EET)]
  • 354 started a qualification (46 NEET and 308 EET)
  • 207 attended multiple areas of the service (104 NEET and 103 EET)
  • 138 meaningfully supported through Sport Sessions
  • 110 completed NCS


184 Gained an accredited qualification/completed accredited training

  • 114 progressed into EET (76 into employment, 26 into Education and 12 into Training)
  • 360 are still enrolled in services (159 NEET and 201 EET)
  • 75% of young people significantly* improved their life skills (of 259) (50%+ improvement)
  • 96% of young people improved at least one life skill
  • 95% of young people significantly improved their employability skills (50%+ improvement)

What we do

Our sports-themed personal development services are designed to bring out the best in young people by providing them with high-quality sessions, mentoring, and guidance.

Our youth-led delivery model allows young people to sign-up to our service through a range of recruitment pathways including partner referrals, sport engagement sessions and community outreach services. Each young person will work one-to-one with a mentor to create a tailored support programme to help move into sustained education, employment, or training.

We’ve delivered over 1,972 hours of sport, training and mentoring support

The year ahead

2020-2021 has been another year of significant change, both for Sport 4 Life UK and for the world. The road ahead is challenging and uncertain, but we will work tirelessly to support young people most in need and ensure that their futures are not defined by their present.

As the leading sport-for-employment charity in the West Midlands, we are well-positioned to be bold and ambitious over the next year. In the coming year (2021-22), we commit to:

  • Embed A Youth-Led And Youth-Voice Culture
  • Continue to value, support and develop our team – so we are expertly equipped to support our young people to the best of our abilities
  • Fulfill our ongoing commitments to normalise equality and improve diversity
  • Continue to implement an insight-led and transparent approach to our impact
  • Continue to grow the organisation – operationally, financially and geographically
  • Make technological and digital step-changes and advancements to ensure our systems and processes are efficient and future-proof

“Where you start from isn't necessarily where you'll end up”

Casey Bailey, Sport 4 Life UK Ambassador

Charity Ambassadors