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Sporting Communities, backed by more than £200,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England, is using the meaningful and lasting legacy of London 2012 to help bridge the gap between school and community sport.
The partnership will open up sporting opportunities for young people by embedding community sports clubs on schools sites. The programme focuses on five non-traditional sports (lacrosse, street cheer,baseball/softball, dodgeball and ultimate Frisbee) to bring disengaged young people into sport.
The programme supports the transition from school to community sport and builds on the success of the TOP Sport and yoUR Activity initiatives which are delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.
As part of the Sporting Community project is Sporting Promise, an award-winning grass roots sports initiative that has already impacted over two million young people in the first three years of the programme.
It is a partnership between Matalan, Sporting Pro and the Youth Sport Trust, and ensures that children across the country have vital access to sports activity in school. yoUR Activity promotes the alternative sports offer in secondary schools to school pupils, namely those in Key Stage 4, who are currently not attracted to the mainstream/traditional sports.
By offering alternative sports such as parkour, street cheer, jump rope, tchoukball and indoor rowing, the programme aims to increase participation and whole school impact, thereby addressing the drop-off in sports participation in 14-16-year-olds.
Sporting Communities supports Sport England’s ambition of creating a meaningful and lasting legacy from London 2012 by helping young people aged 14-19 to continue playing sport when they leave school.
"Sporting Communities will appeal to teenagers and young adults who don’t necessarily want to join a ‘traditional’ sports team, but still want to take part in regular activity in a safe, familiar environment. It’s absolutely vital that programmes such as Sporting Communities exist and I’d urge teenagers to grab their trainers and get involved.”
Sir Steve Redgrave, Ambassador, Sporting Promise
"Helping young people get involved in sport is really important to us and our National Lottery investment into the Sporting Promise programme can help us do that. By creating new and appealing opportunities to help young people make the step into community sport, we will set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”
Mike Diaper, Director of Community Sport, Sport England