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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 first of our short interim reports can be found below for the period September 2020 – February 2021:

Sports Development summary interim evaluation report April 2021

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:

LY Response – Sport tackles the mental health & wellbeing crisis

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:

TIF summary evaluation report April 2021