Plymouth City Councils Sports Development Unit has been named the Fundraising for the Future Award winner at this year’s StreetGames National Awards. The team were recognised by the awarding panel for their outstanding achievements in the field of youth and community sports, winning over a number of fantastic competitors in the process.
The event, which took place on Tuesday 20 March at the De Vere Staverton Estate in Daventry was attended by more than 200 delegates.
Speaking after the event, Barry Mountstevens and Hayley Harvey, Plymouth StreetGames project coordinators said:
We are very pleased that our continued efforts to provide more opportunities for young people to take part in affordable sport in their neighbourhoods are being recognised. We would like to that all our partners who have supported the projects across the city and would like to thank all our funders both locally and nationally for their support.
StreetGames’ CEO Jane Ashworth OBE also added her congratulations, stating:
“I’m told by the judging panel that this year’s categories were as strong as they’ve ever been, which makes our winners’ achievements even more exceptional! Thank you once again for all of the inspiring work that you do on behalf of disadvantaged young people in your community. Without your passion, determination and skill, none of our work to change sport, change communities, and to change lives would be possible”.
Plymouth StreetGames provide a number of different opportunities for disadvantaged young people to access sporting and physical activity within their neighbourhoods. Plymouth StreetGames try to provide opportunities attractive to different audiences and some of the sessions available include Football, Dodgeball, Cheerleading and StreetDance.
In addition to these weekly activities, Plymouth StreetGames work with local primary and secondary schools to offer an affordable holiday programmes for children primarily on free school meals has been highly successful and well recognised as a model of good practice. The Fit and Fed programme enables young people in need the opportunity to socialise, be physically active, learn new skills and receive a hot healthy meal.
StreetGames is the nation’s leading sport for development charity, changing lives and transforming communities through the power of sport. Formed in 2007, StreetGames was inspired by the success of joint work conducted by The FA, Football Foundation and other agencies working within disadvantaged areas – places in which young people were almost 50% less likely to be active than their more affluent peers. Since that time, projects across the UK have benefitted from the StreetGames ‘Doorstep Sport’ programme, delivering sport in the right style at the right time and at the right price. StreetGames has now grown to 950+ projects, attracting over 530,000 young people into sport, and achieving over 3.86 million attendances. StreetGames’ programmes have also resulted in the involvement of 6,182 coaches, 15,388 volunteers and enabled 11,312 young people to gain new qualifications.
The aim of each StreetGames project is to be sustainable and become part of the fabric of the community by creating local sporting infrastructures owned and run by local people. This leads to stronger and safer communities, a championing of social action and volunteering, combating social exclusion as well as improving health, and wellbeing to create a sporting habit for life.
StreetGames is proud that it gives young people exactly what they’re seeking – the chance to enjoy sport, give back to their communities and aspire to greater achievements. The enthusiasm that this breeds leads to an increase in sports participation and a recognition of the enjoyment that can be gained from taking part in sport, while at the same time encouraging them to discover who they are and gain a sense of belonging, inclusion and pride.
StreetGames is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission (registered charity number 1113542) and as a company limited by guarantee with the Registrar of Companies (registered company number 5384487).