Sporty People was founded in 2010 as a charitable association aiming to provide a range of sports opportunities for local clubs, schools, and residents in South Tyneside, Sunderland and Co. Durham. A feasibility study was undertaken to determine whether Sporty People should progress into a sports activity Community Interest Company.
Click on the Articles link above to read more about what Sporty People undertook on our feasibility study.
Growing Community Sport
Sporty People are a team of dedicated community coaches especially experienced in using sporting activity to engage non-sporty or semi-sporty young people. These may include low achievers in schools, young carers, care leavers and young unemployed. Becoming involved in our programmes opens up participant pathways to education, training and employment through volunteering, leadership qualifications and accreditation. Sporty People are currently working on introducing apprenticeships for young people with a view eventually to offering achievers a Sporty People ‘franchise’. So participants benefit with improved life-skills and opportunities and communities benefit from young people having something to do that they enjoy and is worthwhile.
Sporty People may also be the only organisation in the country to provide a repair and recycling service to schools and clubs. We spotted the need for a low-cost repair service of sports equipment such as table-tennis tables, making sure the repairs restored them to their nearly new condition. We also repaired and recycled table-tennis tables for clubs and schools.
Sporty People CIC has learned a lot over the last 3 years. However access to funding has held us back from being able to deliver more with greater impact. However, we are pleased to announce that in August 2013, we were accepted onto the Social Incubator North programme – a Government backed initiative aimed at supporting newly formed social enterprise businesses. This should go a long way to securing our sustainability and impact with service users.
As a result we are on the look-out for enthusiastic and committed community coaches in all sports who enjoy working with young people and raising their aspirations. If you are one – please get in touch.