Our Lewisham programme has been developed in partnership with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation over the previous 4 years. Since starting in 2013 the programme has been adapted using the methodology designed by the Urban Stars programmes following success in South and Lambeth. With the help of Big Lottery Fund, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Asda Foundation, St Jame's Place Foundation and Youth First the projects have seen over 10,303 young people take part in a variety of different sports, cultural activities, youth clubs and training qualifications. This has amounted to a total 22,798 engagement hours across the 4 years.
In more recent years Active Communities Network have developed both accredited and non-accredited training courses which are a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop new skills and help build their own personal portfolio. Each young person that participates in our sessions will be offered the opportunity to further their learning and gain a qualification. In Lambeth we have had a total of 42 young people attain one of the following qualifications;
- Sports Leaders UK Community Sports Leaders Awards Level 1
- Sports Leaders UK Level 1
- 1st 4 Sport Level 1 Award in Developing Community Activities for Youth at Risk
As part of the development process Brent also provides volunteer opportunities for young people trying to achieve a career in coaching or youth work. In the 4 years the programme has created 49 volunteers which help by providing support with outreach, session delivery and helping our mentoring and evaluation by conducting surveys. Many of these young people eventually turn into paid sessional staff which help to further develop the borough,
In addition, those young people that have expressed a keen interest in other careers outside of sport and youth work can take part in our one of our work experience courses which are offered by different partners across London. One example of this is St James's Place who have created an accredited business course directed at young people who want to have a successful career in business. This coming 2017 we are looking to have young people from Brent take part in this business qualification which will see them gain a variety of different skills.