Our Community programmes use the ‘power of sport’ to tackle a range of issues such as crime, anti-social behaviour, community cohesion and social mobility. We deliver diversionary activities and work with partners such as the Police and Youth Offending Teams to provide positive pathways for participants.
Our programmes raise aspiration and improve lives. Projects often take place in the heart of deprived communities and our “door-step” model means we can adapt what we do to match the interests and needs of almost any group.
Sport Works’ Case Study
Kieran was referred to Sport Works via Durham County Council’s social services department in 2018. Kieran had experienced difficulties throughout his school career and, although academically gifted, had disengaged from learning by the age of 14.
The Sport Works tutors were so impressed with Kieran’s energy and enthusiasm during his studiers that they invited him to volunteer his sports coaching skills and knowledge at a multi-sport programme for disabled children.
Kieran excelled in this practical environment and demonstrated not only technical proficiency but also high levels of professionalism, respect for senior staff and a superb ability to engage with children with additional needs. Furthermore, Kieran developed a newfound sense of purpose in life and, in his own words, “realised what he loves doing the most”.
At the present time, Kieran is working on a full time basis with Sport Works as a professional sports coach and receiving mentoring from our Senior Tutor to continue his professional development. His young family is doing well and Kieran is enrolled one day per week onto a Customer Service qualification at Durham College.
“I would recommend the Sport Works programme to any young person looking to gain great experience, knowledge and qualifications doing something they love”. – Kieran