CharityDetail

Sport 4 Life UK helps young people move into sustained education, training and employment through sports-themed personal development programmes. Dedication and leadership from founder and CEO, Tom Clarke-Forrest to the charities mission has shaped the organisations interventions and embodied positive change in young people. Key strategic decisions meant re-evaluation of impact management, services and their delivery model this year resulting in revision of operational staff and a new model aimed at increased individual participant progress. Grants from major donors have aided these revisions, and their expansion beyond Birmingham to the West Midlands region. New sources of funding are being investigated to continue the beneficiary focused programme improvements.
Impact analysis The decrease in participation numbers this year is the result of a more focused programme, allowing those most in need of additional support to be assisted. Working on a 3 tier system (red, yellow and green), beneficiaries can move through stages of the programme with support from an individual mentor and make long term success more achievable.
What it does
    Sport 4 Life UK believes in a level playing field where every young person has the opportunity to create a better future for themselves. We are proud to provide the opportunity for young people aged 12 - 29 to prepare for, and move into, sustained employment, education or training, by improving their employability and key life skills - through our sports-themed personal development services.
Who works here
  • 18 employees and 20 volunteers.
Who it helps
  • Children/young People
  • People With Disabilities
  • People Of A Particular Ethnic Or Racial Origin
  • Other Defined Groups
Sector(s) covered
  • Education/training
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • Amateur Sport
  • Economic/community Development/employment
Where it operates
  • Birmingham City, Dudley, Sandwell, Worcestershire
UN SDGs:
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Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Deficit
Assets Months
Reserves
Employees Volunteers Filed on
30/06/2019 £741,969 £690,199 £51,770 3 18 20 03/01/2020
30/06/2018 £822,456 £748,631 £73,825 £172,754 2 20 10 19/11/2018
30/06/2017 £662,109 £715,769 -£53,660 £98,929 1 20 15 03/11/2017
30/06/2016 £555,769 £537,254 £18,515 £152,589 3 19 25 29/11/2016
30/06/2015 £447,554 £405,642 £41,912 29/10/2015
30/06/2014 £295,644 £291,226 £4,418 11/11/2014
30/06/2013 £232,942 £242,183 -£9,241 04/11/2013
30/06/2012 £230,122 £224,429 £5,693 29/11/2012
30/06/2011 £231,149 £234,421 -£3,272 19/10/2011
30/06/2010 £191,172 £188,036 £3,136 04/01/2011
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 10 grant making charities totalling £937,305

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£15,000
10/03/2020
The EQ Foundation
£101,700
31/05/2019
Henry Smith Charity towards three years' continuation funding of the salary of the Project Manager at a project providing mentoring and training support to disadvantaged and unemployed young people in Birmingham
£10,000
31/03/2019
National Lottery Community Fund This funding will be used to deliver a mentoring programme to young females. The project aims to offer tailored one to one support sessions improving their chances for the future.
£10,000
30/11/2018
Heart Of England Community Foundation To run female only versions of its Get Fit 4 Employment programme
£20,000
31/10/2018
Garfield Weston Foundation Core costs
£25,000
25/07/2018
Lloyds Bank Foundation Birmingham based charity seeking to engaged an experienced external consultant to review the needs of their clients and develop a new theory of change as well as developing new internal systems to support it.
£4,606
30/06/2018
Heart Of England Community Foundation to run 12 projects across 3 areas in Birmingham.
£40,000
30/06/2018
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding will support Sport 4 Life to increase the capacity of its Research and Impact Manager, allowing the organisation to create a new impact strategy, improve its delivery model and diversify income.
£40,000
30/09/2017
Dulverton Trust Birmingham NEETS Project
£401,000
28/06/2017
National Lottery Heritage Fund This project will work with young people to support their personal development. It will include targeted programmes for those still in education, and those not in education, employment or training. The project will focus on personal and practical life skills. Activities include training, sports sessions, youth-led social action projects, qualifications and one-to-one mentoring. It will develop young people’s confidence, communication, respect, team-work and leadership skills.
£60,000
30/09/2016
Esmee Fairbairn Towards the salary of the operations manager to expand sports based programmes addressing educational inequality.
£20,000
31/05/2016
Dulverton Trust Birmingham NEETS Project
£60,000
29/02/2016
Henry Smith Charity towards three years' continuation funding of a project providing sports-based employability and personal development programmes to disadvantaged NEET young people in Birmingham
£99,999
29/02/2016
Comic Relief Sport 4 Life NEETs: Changing young lives through Sport
£30,000
29/04/2014
Lloyds Bank Foundation A Birmingham charity that combines fun sports activities with formal training courses, educational workshops and volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people who are not in Education, Employment or Training.
How effective is it?
NEETS and TEENS Programmes

Description: The NEETS programme begins with an intensive 5-week employability and personal development programme and focuses on developing young people’s employability and key life skills so they are ready for the job market through a variety of personal development activities. This programme is designed to equip young people with a combination of soft skills as well as technical skills such as CV writing, job interviewing, job searching and gaining accredited qualifications. The TEENS programme develops young people’s life skills such as confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership to help them progress into employment, education or training through accredited training and qualifications, one-to-one mentoring, youth-led social action and structured sport sessions

Objectives: To provide young people with support to progress into sustained education, employment, or training

Intervention period: NEETS programme: 1 year wraparound support, TEENS programme: 10-week personal development programme

Beneficiaries: 12-29 year olds

Outputs Outcomes
01/07/2018-30/06/2019
967 Young people engaged with Sport 4 Life
277 Young people engaged through NEET services
457 Young people engaged through EET services
129 Young people progressed from NEET to EET
139 Young people gained an accredited qualification
67 Young people achieved a sustained job outcome
01/07/2017-30/06/2018
460 Young people engaged with NEETS programme255 Young people completed NEETS programme
306 Young people gained at least one accredited qualification
126 Young people achieved a sustained job outcome
566 Young people engaged with the TEENS programme 221 Young people completed the TEENS programme
1532 Young people engaged with Sport 4 Life249 Young people progressed from NEET to EET
506 Young people engaged with sports sessions
01/07/2016-30/06/2017
167 Young people completed the NEETS programme
351 Young people transformed at least one life skill
174 Young people progressed from NEET to EET
262 Young people gained at least one accredited qualification
67 Young people achieved a sustained job outcome
141 Young people completed the TEENS programme
929 Young people engaged with Sport 4 Life UK
92 Young people meaningfully engaged in sports sessions and mentoring
01/07/2015-29/06/2016
721 People engaged with Sport 4 Life UK programmes
282 Young people engaged with the NEETS programme198 Young people achieved positive outcomes who completed the NEETS programme
186 Young people progressed from NEET to EET who completed the NEETS programme
148 Young people had training and education outcomes who completed the NEETS programme
38 Young people had job outcomes who completed the NEETS programme
176 Young people gained qualifications who completed the NEETS programme
439 Young people engaged with the TEENS programme 227 Young people achieved positive outcomes who completed the TEENS programme
195 Young people reported an increase in their self-esteem who completed the TEENS programme
200 Young people reported an improvement in their behaviour who completed the TEENS programme
50 Young people gained qualifications who completed the TEENS programme
Documents
Sport 4 Life UK Impact Report 2018 Impact report Download Document
Sport 4 Life UK Impact Report 2017 Impact report Download Document
Management
Tom Clarke-Forrest is founder and CEO of the charity. He is an APMG qualified Change Management Practitioner and a Business Mentor for ‘Unltd’, a leading provider of support for social entrepreneurs in the UK.
Governance
Trustees (7)
Main office

SUITE 2B
MORCOM HOUSE
LEDSAM STREET
LADYWOOD
BIRMINGHAM
B16 8DN

Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1115222
  • First registered on 11/07/2006
Objectives

3.1 THE COMPANY'S OBJECTS ARE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY IN THE AREA OF BENEFIT: 3.1.1 THE PROVISION OR ASSISTANCE IN THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES IN THE INTERESTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE FOR RECREATION OR OTHER LEISURE TIME OCCUPATION OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NEED OF SUCH FACILITIES BY REASON OF THEIR YOUTH, AGE INFIRMITY OR DISABILITY, FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OR SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES WITH THE OBJECT OF IMPROVING THEIR CONDITIONS OF LIFE; 3.1.2 THE PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN HEALTHY RECREATION BY THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO) FOOTBALL, CRICKET, ATHLETICS, NETBALL, BASKETBALL, TENNIS, SQUASH, GYM, AND SWIMMING; 3.1.3 THE RELIEF OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP AMONG PEOPLE LIVING OR WORKING IN THE AREA OF BENEFIT BY: 3.1.3.1 ASSISTING DIRECTLY BY PROVIDING SUCH PERSONS WITH GOODS OR SERVICES WHICH THEY COULD NOT OTHERWISE AFFORD THROUGH LACK OF MEANS; OR 3.1.3.2 ASSISTING INDIRECTLY BY (FOR EXAMPLE BUT NOT LIMITED TO) ENCOURAGING SPORTS PROFESSIONALS TO EMBRACE POVERTY ISSUES, LINKING SPORTS PROFESSIONALS WITH PARTICULAR SPORTS PROJECTS, OR ASSISTING SPORTS PROFESSIONALS TO ACT AS AMBASSADORS IN RELATION TO POVERTY ISSUES; 3.1.4 THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN THE SUBJECTS OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE, FITNESS, NUTRITION, AND LIFESTYLE; OR 3.1.5 THE PROMOTION OF ANY OTHER CHARITABLE PURPOSE. 3.2 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FURTHERANCE OF THE OBJECTS THE COMPANY SHALL AT ALL TIMES ACTIVELY PROMOTE AND TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE PRINCIPLES OF EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY.

The Board has a range of experience including young people’s educational and supporting bodies, sporting and events management, legal. marketing and communications. Hitesh Patel has been Chair for several years and has an extensive sports events management background. In 2018, engagement in third sector peer review events led to the charity reviewing management team and the board. The main improvements highlighted were more leadership diversity, the need for increased support of young women and improvements to their delivery model. To this end, Rupi Chandla has now been added as secretary of the board after a formal governance review.