ALL THAT WE DO IS FOCUSED ON CHANGING THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE.
Founded in 2006 by our current CEO Tom Clarke-Forrest as a small community project in the ward of Ladywood, Sport 4 Life started life as a ‘sport for sport’s sake’ charity, driving disadvantaged young people into sports participation, with the focus exclusively on outputs.
Following a fundamental strategic review in 2010, the organisation changed its use of sport, where it became the vehicle, conduit and tool to facilitate social good – focussing on meaningful and sustainable impact.
The resulting 10 years has seen Sport 4 Life learn, grow, change and develop into the leading sport-for-employment charity in the West Midlands.
• Birmingham has the highest youth unemployment (18 to 24 year olds) amongst core cities in the UK at 11.7%, nearly double the UK average (6%) • 14,265 young people aged 16-29 in Birmingham are claiming Job Seekers Allowance, with thousands more hidden NEETS
• Long periods of unemployment make young people 7.9 times more likely to become NEET again
• 29% of all children in Birmingham are living in a family where no one works. This cycle continues on to the next generation
What we want to do
WE WANT TO GIVE EVERY YOUNG PERSON WE WORK WITH THE CHANCE TO MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES
We believe young people have the talent to achieve anything they want to in life. That’s why we make their journey to success even easier by giving them the skills, tools, training and confidence they need to secure the job they want.
Our qualified mentors will work with on a one-to-one basis to accurately assess their needs, develop a clear action plan and ultimately support them to progress into education, employment or training.
The mentor will offer continued support for up to 12 months post progression to ensure outcomes are sustained and not just a ‘short-term fix’.