BBC Unsung Hero Northern IrelandRead Post
Welcome to Sported! We are one of the leading Sport for Development charities in the UK, helping almost 3,000 community sport and youth groups survive and thrive. Our members use the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people and build stronger, safer communities.
When Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough was knocked down, the local community lost an accessible sports facility, leaving many young people with nowhere to go and little to do. Local resident Gohar Ihsan and his friends knew they had to do something, so together they founded TS1 Tees Valley – a fun, new multi-sports club, open to all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Gohar and his team had never set-up and run a formal constituted club before. Looking for guidance they approached Sported for support.
New Saints Boxing Club was founded by Kev Bullus, his wife Jo and son, Jordan, and is run on a completely voluntary basis. Kev is a mechanical engineer by trade; whilst having years of coaching experience under his belt, New Saints was the first time he had run his own gym and by his own admission “it was a steep learning curve”. After joining Sported Kev was paired with one of Sported’s volunteer business mentors to support the club with a grant application to Sport England – their expertise proved invaluable.
Abraham Moss Warriors was the brainchild of June Kelly. Having set up the club with little experience of putting together successful funding applications for large grants, Sported supported June in the club’s early days by providing an experienced business mentor, developing a five-year action plan and awarding vital funding. June and the club have since gone from strength-to-strength – introducing a homework club, literacy and numeracy classes, a library and widening its reach in the local community.
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At Sported we are proud to partner with a range of organisations to help our members build their capacity, develop their knowledge and create new opportunities for young people to benefit from the life-changing effects of sport.