Evidence of the impact that our current Sports Development programmes are having
We have partnered with independent evaluators Shephard & Moyes to understand and demonstrate the impact of our Getting Active programme. Over the next two years, via short interim reports and more detailed annual reports, we are focused on a range of objectives, including:
- Generating data that is useful for funders, but also ourselves, our members and young people
- Understanding the benefits for our members as well as outcomes for young people
- Establishing what works and what doesn’t and understanding what activities/delivery models are most effective and why
- With our members, use the data and learning to help make improvements to programme delivery
- A better understanding of young people’s journeys from start to finish
- A better understanding of the impact of our programmes, and how youth organisations support young people to maintain physical activity habits
- Demonstrating the value of partnership working and how with our members we contribute to wider societal outcomes
The Annual Report for our Sport for Development programmes 2020-2021 can be found below:
Sport tackles the mental health & wellbeing crisis
At the end of April 2021, we submitted a report to the Sport For Development Coalition & Mind’s joint request for evidence of the contribution of sport and physical activity to mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery period.
We collated evidence, learnings and case studies from our sports programmes and our key messages are:
- Young people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic
- Community youth organisations delivering sport and physical activity have been a lifeline for young people
- Young people place greater importance on their mental health and wellbeing since the pandemic
- Funding is required for youth organisations to continue supporting young people as we emerge from the pandemic
You can read our submission in full below:
Tackling Inequalities Fund
This report considers the Tackling Inequalities Fund programme delivered in 2020/2021, which was funded by Sport England and led by London Sport in collaboration with London Youth.
The four intended outcomes of the programme were to:
- Reduce inequalities of young people taking part in regular physical activity by focusing on young people who are less likely to be active (Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Young women and girls and Disabled young people) and less likely to find physical activity opportunities without guidance.
- Co-create activities with these young people, encouraging them to remain active and enjoy the health benefits associated with leading an active lifestyle.
- Combat any feelings of social-isolation and re-integrate young people into society, using sport and physical activity as a hook. The closure of youth centres and schools has deprived many young people of vital social interaction, which can lead to heightened anxiety, feelings of loneliness and risk of mental health problems.
- Reduce anxiety levels and build personal resilience in dealing with adversity.
Read the full evaluation report here:
The Golf Foundation
London Youth and the Golf Foundation introduced Golfway to 10 community youth organisations across London to encourage young Londoners to be active and try the sport, as well as develop the skills for life that the game teaches them.
As a pilot partnership, the Golf Foundation and London Youth wanted to understand how introducing golf at community and youth organisations can:
– Increase young people’s physical and mental wellbeing
– Improve young people’s peer relationships
– Develop more positive attitudes of young people towards sport and physical activity
– Support wider ‘Skills for Life’ (honesty, respect, cooperation, perseverance, concentration, and self-motivation)
This report highlights the project timeline and delivery, the impact of the project on the young people, youth organisations, and participating partners, and the potential for continuing to develop this work in the future.
Active Talent was funded by the Mayor of London’s Sports Unite programme and developed a bespoke model to provide training, development and opportunities for young people aged 16-24 who demonstrated leadership potential in the community sport sector.
- To identify and engage at-risk young Londoners with leadership potential, in the community sports workforce.
- To work with these individuals to improve their understanding of and ability to use sport as a tool for social integration, as well as to benefit Londoners’ physical and mental health through sport and physical activity interventions.
- To enable and support these individuals to go on and be active within their communities as part of London’s community sport workforce – paid and volunteer / traditional and non-traditional.
- 154 young people across 15 youth organisations participated in the Active Talent project.
- 3 social integration and sport training workshops were delivered by The Change Foundation (one per cluster).
- 13 project pitches were presented by the young people.
- 11 experience stage project pitch ideas delivered.
- 61 workshops delivered as part of the Skills Builder Stage.
- 106 young people successfully applied for the sustain stage grants to continue their workforce journey.
- 207 mentoring sessions provided
The evaluation found clear evidence of:
- Relevant and high-quality training provided for workforce, to better deliver community sport.
- Improved organisational capacity of the partner organisations.
- Improved life and employability skills of the young participants.
- Increased wellbeing amongst the young participants.
The purpose of this case study is to outline the impact and insights developed through the Active Talent project. The findings will support the GLA to understand how the Sport Unites investment programme, has generated outcomes, and inform decisions about its future direction. In addition, it will offer insights into the wider community sport sector delivering similar activities: