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Leading Sport for Development charity Sported has just celebrated the one year anniversary of its Northern Ireland launch by rolling out its Sportworks measurement tool during a special event at the Ulster Rugby headquarters in Ravenhill, Belfast.
The celebration event saw Sported Chief Executive Adam Parr launch the innovative Sportworks which will allow the charity’s Northern Ireland members to accurately measure the impact of their respective Sport for Development projects to help them become more effective.
Sportworks can also demonstrate the cost saving to society of each member’s work, providing the vital evidence often needed to help secure further funding and support.
Since Sported officially launched in Northern Ireland in October 2012, the charity has recruited 200 member groups and awarded over £100,000 of grant aid to its Northern Ireland members.
It has also developed partnerships with key agencies in Northern Ireland to attract greater investment into the Sport for Development sector.
"We have long known that sport can change young lives, but now through the launch of Sportworks, our member groups have the technology to prove it,” said Parr.
"It is an exciting step, which will help our members become even more effective in what they do and provide the evidence they need to gain further funding, enabling them to continue their brilliant work long into the future.”
As well as providing members with access to funding, Sported operates a unique business mentoring programme which ensures groups remain sustainable and can continue to provide much-needed sports programmes in their communities.
One such member which presented at the Sported first anniversary event was Justin McMinn from Northern Ireland Street League, a charity run programme that is set up to change people’s lives for the better through the power of football.
Players in the Street League are the homeless, ex-offenders, drug and alcohol dependent individuals, long-term unemployed, refugees and asylum seekers and other disadvantaged groups.
Research has demonstrated that over 70% of players experience a significant positive life change as a result of participating in the league.
"It’s fantastic that we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of our launch in Northern Ireland,” said Northern Ireland Manager for Sported Brenda Kelly.
"Since our launch, we’ve recruited 200 amazing grassroots organisations, which are all using sport to transform young lives, build stronger communities and create more opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential.”
Sported’s own research shows that using sport as an intervention to tackle social problems generates a total societal cost saving of over £4000 per participant per annum.
Sported itself is a free membership organisation that provides funding and business support to community and grassroots organisations which use sport to improve the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities.
The charity was founded in 2008 by London 2012 deputy chairman Sir Keith Mills as his personal commitment to deliver on the promises of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to ensure a real legacy is left in the UK.