Levelling The Playing Field

Over the last two years Sports Connect have identified cohorts of boys with staff to begin delivery for the targeted 8 week “blocks”. This has generated an interest and buzz amongst the boys as partner agencies have supplied staff ready to deliver.


Project 1 – Cedar Sports Club

Boys have taken part in a 12 week “Sports Club” model where they have been able to engage in weekly multi-sport sessions in their community. This has enabled a space for the group to connect and improve their leadership skills. The group have embedded elements of their education projects into this and utilised the space to be assessed for their coaching qualification.

Project 2 – Paddle Sports

Over the summer months, the group took part in Paddle Sport and canoeing activities in Medway and Canterbury. The initial project at Medway was again put on hold based on staffing levels, but it managed to restart and was rebooked for Canterbury. An overview of the project aims and delivery plan is attached. The director of Sports Connect Community CIC was inspired by the story of David Haze after hearing speak in the house of Lords. Canoeing is also a personal passion of our current “Inspire4Sport” manager in Cookham Wood. Two of the boys (case studies attached) were keen to drive this opportunity through their community and as a result the project was developed and funded.

Project 3 – Healthy Living Project

Boys took part in a 6 week programme that combined cooking, life skills and positive activity. This culminated in them arranging an outdoor activity trip to “Go Ape”. The project has paved the way for another programme to be delivered centrally to boys under Sports Connects “Inspire4Sport” model.

Project 4 – Pickleball

Baypoint Pickleball club is the local sports club that is located on the site of the boy’s community education project (accessed via ROTL). We were recently approached by the Kent Police Sergeant from Thanet’s Community Safety Unit, who is keen to promote sport as a diversionary activity. We have funded equipment to enable a community partner (Total Sports Coaching) to deliver the project in Primary Schools in Thanet and sign post participants into our community evening sessions to play Pickleball for free. The primary schools project will target ethnically diverse children and offer them the chance to play a new sport. Levelling have created a legacy through the funding as the boys use the equipment to play and take part in a new sport that they can take back into the youth estate and play at the Cedar Sports Club. For those who progress in our community education (see CE case study) they will have the opportunity to coach the sport back to the members of our local estate sessions. We are currently working with 1st4Sport to see if we can accredit the qualification at level 1 and level 2. The legacy should enable future boys who leave their community sports club and access ROTL, to become trained in the sport and deliver activator sessions that introduce Pickleball.

Levelling the Playing Field Playbook

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