Sported is proud to partner with London Marathon Events on The Vitality Big Half, on Sunday 10 March 2019.
With just over a month to go until the big event, we catch up with Sported member Sam Sawhney, Director at Motiv8 Sports and Fitness, to find out how the group is taking advantage of community entries to help get its local community active.
Tell us a little about Motiv8 Sports and Fitness, what do you do and what makes you different?
“I have over a decade of community development experience in urban regeneration sport, education and mentoring, and leading and delivering on PPA schools development for PE. I have most recently returned after an 18 month football development project in Dubai,
and am keen to develop some exciting sporting provision for young people in the place I now call home!
With my co-founder Farhan Rauf I have created Motiv8 Sports and Fitness. Since 2013 we have delivered a wide range of “doorstep” sport and education programmes in London, predominantly based in the London Borough of Ealing, Southall.
We have in the past worked with a range of partners to deliver some engaging and welcoming community projects and are proud of the thousands of hours we have delivered to change lives. In addition, we have developed a strong reputation within the schools network, with my Co-Director Farhan being appointed a Governor at
Hamborough Primary School in Southall for the past four years.
With all of this in mind, and the fact we as leaders are also multi-sport qualified in a range of sports, we believe we have managed to embrace sport and turn it onto something of true value to the communities we work in. We are now moving into mentoring to support other individuals to follow our path, albeit in a much less challenging way with our help!”
Why did you want to get involved in The Vitality Big Half and what is your organisation doing for it?
“We believe in the power of sport being a positive way to develop trust and to support young people to feel a part of something. The Vitality Big Half is so simple – running is at it’s core all about taking part, being open to challenges, and trusting others to support one’s personal development.
We have recently, with help from Sported and London Marathon Events, started a New Balance running club and two of our team – including myself – have completed a running leader course in Jan 2019. The club began on 3rd Feb 2019, and with help from Really Real, who have Asha Mohamud – a Big Half Community Champion who is all over The Vitality Big Half’s promotion for signing more up to the run – we are training runners for the event which is not far away! It very much fits into our programme remit to provide new and exciting opportunity to those who would not necessarily get access to such a fun programme.
We hope to have funding arranged with Really Real after The Vitality Big Half to continue this programme and offer it to children as well as the adults we are currently training.”
Have you done anything similar before? What’s been the reaction from your members?
“We have run similar healthy living clubs in our schools programmes in the past to parents and within our young people’s groups outside of school time, and these have always been popular, due to again getting access to engaging activity at low cost. We have had on average 20 participants signed up to such clubs and ran these many times from 2012 – 2016.”
For more information about The Vitality Big Half please visit https://www.thebighalf.co.uk/
For more information about Motiv8 Sports and Fitness, please visit https://m8sf.co.uk/