Sport for young people in Birmingham
Birmingham City Council, Sport England, Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership and other partners are playing an important role in establishing sporting opportunities for young people.
The key Strategic reference points include:
- Sport England Strategy - 'A Sporting Habit for Life: 2012-2017
- DCMS 'New youth Sport Strategy'
- A number of other agencies play a key role including the Youth Sport Trust - linked with School Games Organisers (11 Locally)
- Local Organising Committees which the Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership support and attend linked to the School Games are responsible for coordination of a city wide School Games event.
- Birmingham City Council- School Effectiveness division in CYPF -Movement Entitlement Framework - Early Years.
Creating links between Local Sport Clubs and Schools Door Steps Clubs
Under the new Sport England Strategy every secondary schools in England will be offered a community sport club on its site with a direct link to one or more sports. This programme is still in development and will be delivered in partnership with Street Games from April 2013.
Having a community club within the school and linked to local sports clubs makes it easier for young people to get involved in sport beyond the school curriculum and then make the move into their local club. Getting involved in sport outside of the curriculum is key to developing a sporting habit for life.
Funding is in place for the School Games with Sport England investing up to £35.5 million of National Lottery funding in the School Games between 2010 and 2015. As a result every School in England has the chance to be part of the new competition allowing every child in England the chance to compete. Birmingham has 11 School Games Organisers that work within Birmingham Schools.
The Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership support this programme and the coordination of a city wide School Games event. The 2012 City wide events took place in July at Birmingham University and Alexander Stadium.
Contact – www.birminghamsportpartnership.org
‘Places People Play’
The London 2012 mass participation legacy programme ‘Places People Play’ is a £135 million initiative which has been made possible by the Government’s National Lottery reforms and will direct additional funding into grassroots sport. It will bring the inspiration and magic of a home Olympics and Paralympics into the heart of local communities, encouraging more people to get involved in sport.
At the heart of the ‘Play’ agenda is Sportivate - a young person focused initiative and nationwide campaign that will capture the excitement of sport, providing opportunities for teenagers and young adults (aged 14-25) to receive no less than 6 weeks (and a maximum of 8 weeks) of coaching in the sport of their choice and guiding them into regular participation within their community.
Sportivate in Birmingham
- To encourage more 14-25s to regularly participate in sport in the community by responding to their needs and working closely with a range of providers to provide an all year round framework of demographically relevant activities
- Engage and retain 1,999 new teenagers and young adults participating in Sportivate activities each year, (1499 in year 1), in Birmingham. Overall 4-year target is for 7,496 young people to be retained in the programme in total
- Sportivate will bring about behavioural change by encouraging and inspiring participants to regularly take part by increasing opportunities and helping to guide them into regular and sustained participation
- To deliver in partnership with National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) - directly helping to fund the development of local sports clubs, Civil Society Sector community sport clubs, FE College, HE University and Secondary School-based community clubs; and working with youth groups/services, local Police, uniformed groups, voluntary organisations and education and training providers in Birmingham
8115 young people aged between 14 -25 have taken part in the Sportivate programme in the West Midlands in its first year.
139,087 young people were engaged in the Sport Unlimited project that preceded this programme.
Contact – www.birminghamsportpartnership.org
Be active and Young People
Be active has now been running city wide in Birmingham since 1st September 2009. The scheme currently has over 300,000 members from Birmingham, which represents about 1 in 3 of the entire population.
Young people can access a total of 238 hrs. of activity per week. Activities include swimming, table tennis, community football ,netball, youth gyms and much more need to add be active link here
As part of the USA inspired sports festival in Perry Park 3500 young people from 170 schools, took part in 7 sports delivered by local sports clubs and National Governing Bodies working together .
City wide information was then given out on how to join clubs. The young people were further inspired by visits from the USA Track & Field team. Many involved feel this could be a blueprint for the future. Sports included, BMX, Boxing, Tennis, Football, Dance, Athletics, and British Military fitness. The sporting delivery was coordinated to a very high standard by the Perry Barr Community Sport and Physical Activity Network.
The event was supported by over a hundred community volunteers through BCC major events volunteer programme that applied to be part of Olympic events in Birmingham. We had created a brand new community website. www.birminghamourgames.co.uk which enabled the community to find out what is going on near them.
In the summer of 2012 we had also provided the opportunity for 2500 young people to access the use of a 50m athletics track, an inflatable hockey pitch, tables tennis tables, and the Play Badminton outlet in Victoria Square during the Olympics