How we Started

In 2006, a number of small groups and project workers came together to form a strategy as to how to grow and sustain their projects, which were primarily funded by the Active Communities Development fund. This coming together of like-minded agencies shared and sought new ways of working to improve outcomes for young people at a time when they were stigmatised and labelled as troublesome. In response to this a new charity, London Active Communities was formed, with a remit to deliver services in South London, acting as a lead agency for the sports, youth and community development sector. London Active Communities had four core remits in the first instance: To deliver high quality grass roots sports and youth work projects,  to provide a workforce development and training function to improve the skills of the sector and to improve the evidence base of our sector and recognition of sport as a strong method to impact on communities. By 2009, the charity was re-branded to Active Communities Network due to new projects in South Africa and Northern Ireland being established.  Since then the charity has grown in stature, delivering projects across all regions of the UK, in South Africa and supporting local partners across five continents.



- Charity established, Initial delivery of grass roots projects in London boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth and Brent.



- Initial pilot programme delivered in Cape




- Commenced work in Northern Ireland
- Re branded to Active Communities Network



- Launch Breaking Barriers report * Become strategic partner with Laureus Sport for Good. 
- Appointed national managing agency for Metropolitan Police and Premier League’s flagship Kickz programme.
- Launch national youth volunteering Gamechangers programme on behalf of Nike.


- Initiate work in Greater Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham and Coventry.
- Provided services for the British Council and Laureus replicating our work in South America, Asia and Africa


- Manage and deliver the Active Choices programme across 9 government office regions
- GOALS impact report launched on work in Belfast


- Become provider for the British Council in delivering their sport and society programmes in Pakistan
- Launched Urban Stars research report
- Launched our Social Return on Investment study

- Worked with 100,000th young person
- Achieved Project Oracle Standard two
- Strategic advisor to British Council replicating work in Pakistan to India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan - Active Communities Network - South Africa established as NGO


- Launched the 5 Star Active partnership
- New national programme with the ASDA Foundation launched and delivered across the UK, expanding our footprint to Hull, Bristol, Doncaster, across Gwent and Plymouth.


- Merged with Big World Impact in Hampshire taking core services to Havant
- Partnership with British Council expands to Lebanon
- Launched the All-Ireland strategy in Ballina.


- Launch new under and post graduate degree in Sport for Development
- Appointed secretariat and lead partner for cross party ending youth violence commission


Fionnuala Conlon

Fionnuala Conlon, 23, Belfast 

Bobbi Clarke

Bobbi Clarke, 22, Havant

Michael kuku

Michael Kuku, 18, South London

Andrew Mongi

Andrew Mongi, 30, South London


Call +44 02074 078177 to find out more.