Active Communities Network is an international youth and community development charity operating across the UK, Ireland and South Africa as well as supporting like-minded charities and NGO’s across the globe. We utilise sport as our primary method to develop pathways for young people to succeed and transition into adulthood. Our grass roots projects are targeted in the heart of communities blighted by socio economic deprivation. We build young people’s skills, improve confidence & self-esteem, broaden their horizons and raise ambitions to ensure they can succeed into employment, education and training.  


What we do

There are four pillars to our work which enable us to deliver our mission and vision: 

Grassroots Project Delivery 

We have developed and deliver an embedded methodology of working across our projects. Our approach centres on targeting communities based on a range of complex needs. We do this in London, Manchester, Belfast and Havant. Within these projects we support high risk young people through a vibrant and youth led year round programme represented by the graphic below:

Research and Evidence of Impact

One of our sector’s greatest challenges is to evidence impact in a collective role we have to influence commissioners and the wider political landscape. Within our projects and the 5 Star Active partnership we invest in independent research and impact analysis. We utilise findings from credible research agencies to improve our services and provide a platform to communicate successes. Click here to view our publications

Training centre and services

As part of our commitment to developing both young people and the skills of our workforce we have developed a training curriculum which is embedded in both UK and International offer. This is available for the sector to access. We also offer a wider support function for organisations in respect to strategic development, capacity building and project scoping and development. For more information on training please follow the link. 

5 Star Active Partnership

Our network of partners have come together to form a UK wide and International collision. 5 Star Active is led by Active Communities Network and supports local organisations who have a likeminded approach to delivering to young people. The partnership is supported by iconic athletes and focuses efforts on developing and managing new national and international initiatives for investors who require a wide geographic reach. See for more information.

Call +44 02074 078177 to find out more.