‘A Sporting Chance’ is part of the Bassetlaw District
Council’s Sport Development Unit.
The project began in 1998 with joint funding from The Single
Regeneration Board and The East Midland Development Agency to
deliver programmes in specific ward areas of Bassetlaw to work with
'difficult to engage' young people aged 10 to 24 by using sport as
an initial engagement tool to interact with the project.
‘A Sporting Chance’ currently receives funding
from Bassetlaw District Council, The Coalfield Regeneration Trust,
Positive Futures/Catch 22 (through the Home Office) and a number of
other, small funding bodies to enable this excellent work to
The project’s emphasis is to encourage young
people to take part in physical activity, eat more healthily and to
move away from alcohol, smoking and taking drugs. As the project
developed, it has also encouraged young people back into the
educational system and supports them to gain a wide range of sport
and other related qualifications.
There is an emphasis within the project on
delivering activities that are designed to raise self
esteem, improve team building, communication skills and to improve
the health and well-being of the young people involved.
The current funding received from the
Coalfield Regeneration Trust has enabled the project to employ the
Sports project Officer for a further 12 month period to March 2013
and to employ 2 apprentices.
This funding will also enable the project to work with 40
NEET young people aged 16 to 24 and support them to gain a range of
sport and other related qualifications, voluntary experience that
for some may lead to employment.
The project’s activities take place both
during and outside school hours, at weekends and during school
holiday periods at various locations throughout the district. These
activities can are varied and include: football, inline hockey,
power kiting, climbing, kayaking, residential visits, street dance
and more recently, its URBAN PAINTBALL project. Since the
project began is 1998 it has worked with an estimated 5,000
different young people, and since April 2006 the project has worked
with over 1,200 different young people.
These young people have achieved:
- Over 15,600 visits to sessions delivered by
‘A Sporting Chance’
- Taken part in over 34,800 hours of
- Gained over 500 qualifications in a wide
range of sport and other related areas
- Taken part in over 2,000 hours of voluntary
- In the last three years and with the support
of the ESF/LSC funding, 21 young people have gained employment
If you are interested in getting involved in
any of these sessions or require additional information on the
project, please contact:
Download a copy of the A Sporting Chance
Agencies involved in Sporting Chance are:
Last Updated - 17/01/2013