Creative Academies

Engaging young people in the community through sport

Creative Academies is a fantastic example of the ability of sport to affect young people positively- developing their career potential, raising their self- esteem and increasing their engagement within their local community. Creative Academies works within Sandwell and the Black Country to deliver educational and personal development workshops that prepare young people for real life, offering them the opportunity to become sports coaches through their Sporting Futures programme and to get involved in a variety of community sports.

HOW SPORTED HELPED

Funding and volunteer support from Sported has helped Creative Academies in a variety of ways. These include enabling them to develop income streams to enhance programme activity, to purchase new sports equipment and increasing their capacity to be able to train more young people in the area in sports coaching.

In 2016, support from Sported has enabled Creative Academies to offer a range of open-access sports sessions in the community, engaging with up to 6000 participants. These were delivered by their Sporting Futures coaches and included smash up badminton, street golf, pop up rugby and have had a great response within the local area.

Lewis (17) - Creative Academies beneficiary

    ‘’Creative Academies has helped me a lot and has had a great impact in my life. Gaining the qualifications and being an active part of the Creative Academies team made me feel more confident about my future, allowing me to have higher aspirations and motivations. Sport can be used as a really effective way to engage young children. One of my long term plans is to open a charity for young children with disabilities, as I feel that I can give something back to children who come from difficult circumstances.’’


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