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A three-and-a-half year intensive programme that used sport to engage disadvantaged young people in educational activities outside of the classroom, is celebrating its conclusion with the news that over 2,000 young people across London have benefitted since it launched in May 2013.
Sporteducate was developed to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (aged 10-18) acquire the skills and aspirations required to find employment after education.
The programme combined different sporting activities with regular supplementary Maths, English and language classes, homework clubs, IT teaching, employability support, job skills sessions and personal mentoring from Deutsche Bank volunteers.
One of the key success factors of sporteducate was that all educational activities were designed and delivered by local community sports clubs. Drawing on the intimate local knowledge, personal networks and trusted relationships of their staff and volunteers to break down barriers to learning and re-engage young people in their education, both inside and outside of school.
Sporteducate was run by leading sports charity Sported in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Born to Be youth engagement programme - an initiative that aims to break the cycle of youth unemployment through early intervention, focusing on education-led initiatives.
Nicole Lovett, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility UK at Deutsche Bank, said: “We are delighted with the results of sporteducate. We have always held a firm belief in helping young people unlock and fulfil their potential, and creating a level playing field on opportunity. The work that community sports clubs do every day with vulnerable young people, to ensure no one gets left behind, is testament to the success of the programme. We would like to thank our partner Sported and all the hard work of everyone involved, particularly the young people who took part.”
Chris Grant, Chief Executive at Sported, said: “Sporteducate’s results prove how powerful sport and community groups can be in transforming young lives when given the right support and resources. Tackling educational inequality shouldn’t stop at the school-gates, it requires a holistic and creative approach in order to reach and engage those who could benefit most.”
He adds: “There has been a significant investment from Deutsche Bank and we would like to thank them for their commitment and support, including all their volunteers for making the programme such a great success. Their vision and conviction to make a difference will have a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of young people for years to come.”
Dominic (11), participant on sporteducate: “I come here to improve my Maths and English, and prepare for my SATS. Lessons at school have lots of people, so it’s hard to get help, but here it’s a small group. The teacher is great - she answers my questions and helps with my work.”
The results are based on the comparison of 878 pre-programme surveys and 718 post-programme surveys, completed by young people between March 2014 and May 2017. The report was produced by EdComs.
Sporteducate will continue to help young people fulfil their potential after the programme’s end, with learning and insight developed over the three-and-a-half years distilled into a new toolkit to help other communities groups launch and run their own Sport for Development programmes.
SPORTEDUCATE - KEY STATISTICS & ACHIEVEMENTS:
33 community sport clubs in London benefitted from funding, training and volunteer support from Sported and Deutsche Bank to run education and employability activities alongside their core sports offering.
2,103 young people (aged 10-18) in London engaged over the course of sporteducate’s 3.5 year duration.
130,673 hours of education, employability and sport sessions delivered.
2,065 hours of time volunteered by 325 Deutsche Bank employees
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