Laura Sharman 10 June 2015

Doorstep sports saving society £69m a year

Doorstep sports saving society £69m a year image

A national programme to encourage disadvantaged young people to join sports clubs is generating savings of £69m a year to society.

New figures show that the Doorstep Sport Club programme, launched by StreetGames in 2013, has helped more than 47,000 young people become more active and avoiding more negative social outcomes.

Since its launch, the programme has seen 900 clubs set up in disadvantaged communities, delivering sport with the minimum amount of specialist equipment or facilities needed, and often provided free to young people.

‘Our goal was to close the gap in participation in sport between affluent areas and disadvantaged areas,’ said Jane Ashworth, CEO of StreetGames. ‘We're working hard to achieve that goal and through the work of thousands of coaches and volunteers, we're starting to make a big impact as these figures show.

‘There is much more to be done, but we're confident we've hit on a formula that works for young people, transforming lives and delivering significant benefits for the whole of society.’

Of those participating in the programme, around a third of participants are female, 32% are from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds and 5% have a disability.

Read our previous comment piece from Jane Ashworth about how councils can make a real difference to the' inactivity time bomb'.

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Children with Disabilities - West

Essex County Council
£30001.0 - £41000.0 per month
In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Education Legal Services Officer

Essex County Council
Please note that there are 2 positions available, 1 permanent position and 1 fixed term position for 12 months. Essex County Council has embarked upon England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Project Support Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£25,833 - £29,796 per annum
This role supports the project delivery and business operations of the Asset Strategy and Short Breaks Teams, ensuring that regular business runs... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Data Administrator

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£25,833 - £29,796 per annum
You must have excellent ICT skills to include Excel and Word, plus experience of using email. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Team Manager - Corporate Support

Epping Forest District Council
£33,500 - £36,401 (doe) plus excellent benefits
To be successful you will have previous experience in a Team Management role in service delivery with a focus on continuous improvement. Essex
Recuriter: Epping Forest District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue