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Project information

Sports Excel (SE)

We use sport to build trusted relationships with hard to reach young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and engage them in employment/educational training. Sports Excel improves physical/ mental health, employability and educational attainment and access to other youth services through Ingite.

April 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Ignite Trust

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  • Need


    SE targets vulnerable and at-risk young people in Harrow:
    1.Youth Violence: Youth-on youth violence and violent crime is rising rapidly and increasing numbers of young people in Harrow are carrying knives.
    2. Being Active: Only 15% of young people aged 16-24 in Harrow engage in regular physical activity
    3. Accessing Employment Opportunities: Barriers include lack of formal education, criminal records, lack of ‘soft skills’ and difficulty accessing mainstream services due to social exclusion


    2. Being Active: Engage young people in 2 hours sports sessions twice weekly, based on the interests of our young people.

    3.Accessing Employment opportunities: Bespoke employment support and mentoring.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage young people in sport


    » 1. -Use sport as a positive diversionary activity for young people
    » -Use sport to prevent our target group becoming bored and engaging in anti-social behaviour.
    » Use sport to build relationships of trust with our young people

    What success will look like

    120 young people reduce their anti-social /violent/criminal behaviour

    Aim 2

    2. Participants increase their physical activity levels


    » We will run twice weekly sessions which will include a wide range of sports
    » - Facilitate sports tournaments representing Ignite to increase their physical activity levels

    What success will look like

    - 250 young people engage in physical activity through the project

    Aim 3

    Participants increase self-efficacy (Confidence, self-esteem, emotional resilience)


    » Use the medium of sport to praise our young people and increase their confidence
    » - Identify any complex needs experienced by our young people and signpost them to relevant services.

    What success will look like

    -150 young people demonstrate increased self-efficacy

    Aim 4

    Participants have increased aspirations and re-engage with education/employment


    » -Offer bespoke employment support and guidance to our young people
    » - Identify employment and training opportunities for our target group of young people
    » - Offer long-term employment support to our young people even after they access employment.

    What success will look like

    180 young people take positive steps to re-engaging with education and/or employment.

  • Impact


    Long term, the project will engage young people facing multiple barriers to accessing employment and physical activity, improving outcomes in both areas. We offer continued support even after a young person has secured employment/training.


    Our experience has taught us that often our target group of young people display enthusiasm for a project but lose interest after a while. We have dealt with this risk by designing a project that is engaging and flexible, and we will continually listen to the feedback from our young people so that they are at the centre of the project and its delivery.


    We will use an online newsletter to report on progress against the objectives of Sport Excel. We will also send a report to our donors every 6 months, with further detail and case studies. We can facilitate a project visit project to meet youth workers and discuss the progress of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Salary including NI Our sports development workers’ salary
      £1,800 Overheads The running costs of the project including room hire
      £200 equipment Sports equipment eg Football posts
  • Background


    Inequality in Harrow is focussed on has pockets of deprivation, including the wards of Wealdstone and Roxbourne. Harrow is one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in London and 62% of the population are BAME. Recently, there has been as upsurge in gang activity and youth violence in certain areas within Harrow, particularly Wealdstone and Rayners Lane. (Harrow Needs Analysis)Youth unemployment rates in Harrow are significantly higher within the pockets of deprivation.


    SE will benefit 250 young people aged 11-24 in the Harrow area, largely from BAME and low socioeconomic backgrounds. These young people often suffer from a lack of confidence/self-esteem, and are excluded from formal education systems and employment. This manifests into cycles of anti-social behaviour and violence and substance abuse. Many of the young people we work with are involved in gang/criminal activity as a means of overcoming poverty and gaining security.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our 17 years of experience and learning has strengthened our understanding of working with this target group and we understand the need to work intensively on long-term transformation. We have experience delivering a range of services to each individual, as well as a wide range of positive outcomes. We work effectively with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations, making referrals where needed, to ensure that our young people receive the most beneficial support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Youth Workers

    Our specialist youth workers have experience building relationships with disaffected young people and delivering projects across the Harrow borough