Our Goal is to Help Disadvantaged people to Create a Better Quality of Life

WHAT WE DO

Sporting Chance is a local community organisation. We have been built by individuals who are passionate, dedicated and driven to better lives of people living in the North East. As a non-for profit organisation we reinvest everything we achieve back into the community. We aim to overcome some of the barriers people may face and we strive to provide a holistic service to all our members. 

We offer education, training and social opportunities to children, young people and adults that have found it difficult accessing mainstream education or services. Sporting Chance empowers children and people through sport and fitness to gain qualifications, achieve employment and improve social skills, alongside this, we specialize in improving health and social outcomes via our innovative sport, exercise and health programmes.

We believe in a diversified and tailored approach when it comes to working within our commuinity so we have designed an engaging programme together with the learner to ensure that all ground is covered and to help nurture independent thinking.

“Our work intends to offer opportunities to thoese in our community who deserve the opportunities to overcome their life experiences and unlock their potential via sport.  Our model looks to “prevent” further involvement in offending services by “retaining” our young people’s engagement and commitment, ultimately leading to positive “progression” through life”.

Being a Community Interest Company (CIC) allows us to obtain centralised government funding from local authorities for our work as well as finance from charities and good cause groups.  What this means for our people is simple, we can offer a broader offer to young people and increased possibilities.

Our clients mainly include funding bodies, charities, local authorities, schools and colleges who are committed to improving education and health in their communities, and committed to offering second chances.  We have active links with Ofsted (2016), Sport Leaders UK (2016), ASDAN (2016), Newcastle LA (2016) and the Youth Offending Services.

Engaging with Sporting Chance offers our clients the opportunity to achieve their goals by working in partnership with a trusted and highly skilled organisation that is committed to achieving significant results.

Sporting Chance can offer:

 

  • Vocational and “hands on” interactive intervention with children and young people, in the sport and exercise arenas.
  • Work placement/ work experience opportunities.
  • Personalised and appropriate interventions for disadvantaged and disengaged individuals.
  • Work within the realms of relevant and modern theory and literature to derive positive and targeted outcomes from the work we carry out.
  • “Prevention” (of further negative outcomes), “retention” and “progression” of our young people is held paramount in the work we carry out.

Tackling Unemployment With Opportunity

OUR GOALS

The youth unemployment rate has risen to over 20% – in England two in five young adults are unemployed or underemployed. The North East has the highest UK unemployment rate with only 65.5% of people in full employment compared to 75% in the South East region, with 25,800 18-24 year olds unemployed (TUC).  These percentages are much higher in the wards of ‘Elswick,’ and ‘Benwell and Scotswood’ where our project is based, and is one of the main reasons why these areas are in the 3rd and 4th most deprived wards in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (Index of Multiple Deprivation, 2015).

Many of the young adults in these areas face complex problems, come from lone-parent families and experience high deprivation/income poverty, and as such many leave school with no or very few qualifications. The result of this the majority end up not in education, employment or training.

Locally the employment service ‘Connexions’ has received dramatic funding reductions and therefore only provides guidance for young adults and signposting to other opportunities.  Whilst this is valuable, it does not provide the level of support necessary to effectively engage individuals requiring additional support nor facilitate opportunities for them to engage with the jobs market.

Sporting Chances’ is a unique programme aimed specifically at the most disadvantaged communities. A large proportion of young adults aged 16-25 from these areas feel that the primary barrier to them creating a better quality of life (for themselves/their family) is lack of easily accessible opportunities. The number of opportunities to gain qualifications and skills for employment are significantly lower than in previous years, and that this reduces aspiration and determination to succeed.

Engaging with Sporting Chance offers our clients the opportunity to achieve their goals by working in partnership with a trusted and highly skilled organisation that is committed to achieving significant results.