Support available to help disadvantaged children access sport

Emily Burns, North East regional manager for Sported.
Emily Burns, North East regional manager for Sported.

An event is taking place to help community groups get access to more sports for disadvantaged young people.

Sports clubs and community groups are invited to a free ‘Meet and Greet’ session with Sport for Development charity Sported to find out more about the support available.

It will take place on Wednesday, July 18, from 10.30am to noon, at North Tyneside VODA, Queen Alexandra Campus, North Shields.

Sported is a registered charity and membership organisation, which supports more than 3,000 community groups that use the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people.

North East regional manager Emily Burns, who is leading the event, said: “Sported’s overall aim is to build the capacity and sustainability of groups that use sport for development.

“We do this by providing a range of services and resources to our members, and by influencing government and sport policy.

“Membership of Sported is free for community groups, sports club, local charities and youth groups that meet the criteria and strive to use sport or physical activity to improve the lives of young people living in areas of disadvantage.

“Once you are a member you have access to a range of services, benefits and opportunities to help your group or organisation survive to allow young people to thrive.”

The range of services available to Sported members includes free volunteer business mentoring, monthly regional funding bulletins, access to online guides and tutorials, cost-saving support in regards to insurance and legal services, regional events and networking opportunities, and support from a regional manager.

There is also the opportunity to take part in projects with Sported partners, such as TSB.

Members also have the chance to access a number of discounts and ad-hoc opportunities.

Frank Gillender, VODA’s funding adviser, said: “We’re really pleased to be teaming up with Sported on this event.

“We are here to support the voluntary and community sector of North Tyneside, and we know that includes a number of sporting groups and organisations that use sport and leisure for the benefit of the community.

“Sported has a lot of support to offer these groups and we hope many of them will take up the opportunity to find out more.”

For more information or to book your place, email e.burns@sported.org.uk stating any access or other requirements.