Understanding Impact

Understanding the Impact of Social Change through Sport

As part of the ‘Women & Girls: Active, Fit and Sporty’ programme, Sported, with the support of Sport Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities, launched ‘Understanding the Impact of Social Change through Sport’. The five month pilot programme saw Sported partner with five district councils and local community groups to strengthen their understanding of how their work makes a difference to their communities, and to help enhance their skills for delivering services to local communities, including the promotion of sport to women and girls.



1. MEMBER CASE STUDY: Harry Gregg Foundation


The Harry Gregg Foundation based in Coleraine work with over 1000 children and their parents and carers on a weekly basis through participation in football. The Foundation runs weekly coaching sessions for children and young people between the ages of 4 and 17 for boys, girls and those with physical and mental disability. They run one of the largest weekly small-sided games centres and youth leagues in Northern Ireland. They use football to help tackle inequality in sport and to build community cohesion.


Why did they join the pilot?

To develop and improve their understanding of their impact in the local community


What did they do?
Review ‘why’ they deliver their current programmes
Consider what evidence they currently collected to demonstrate the impact of their


The Benefits
Measuring Up! helped their committee discuss and agree their organisational outcomes
and identify areas for development for collecting data
This gave them the opportunity to review procedures and methods for collecting and
collating data.


Plans for the Future
The Foundation have developed a plan and outcomes to work towards to improve data collection. This will support the Foundation to be better placed to prove and improve the work they do in the local community.


2. MEMBER CASE STUDY: Fermanagh Orienteers (FERMO)


Fermanagh Orienteers are based in County Fermanagh and work across both Fermanagh and Tyrone.   The club provide opportunities for people to become involved in Orienteering and felt that it is a great sport to support community cohesion but didn’t have the evidence to prove this.


Why did they join the pilot?

To learn more about Impact practice and how this could help them to prove and improve their work locally


What did they do?

Opportunity to discuss the current programmes and consider the positive impact of these

Consider how best to evidence the impact of their work


The Benefits

The group have developed a plan for the future using the Measuring Up tool

They have already begun to put some new data collection systems in place


The Future:

Fermanagh Orienteers have already begun to develop their data collection systems and look at ways to evidence the impact of their work.  The plan which they have developed will help them to continue to develop their Impact Practice.


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