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To improve community safety from reduction in anti-social behaviour and criminal activity

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To improve academic attainment in key skills such as numeracy, literacy, reduction in truancy & improvements in behaviour

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To promote healthy life styles through increased positive physical activity, healthy eating and refraining from taking drugs/alcohol

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To remove barriers to participation for disadvantaged groups

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To build strong cohesive community by bringing together children from different parts of Slough

Sport-ED

Sport-ED is a non-profit charity run by a team of dedicated approx. 40 volunteers from a variety of backgrounds that has been providing children/youth activities since 2004. Set up by local parents in response to the high levels of anti-social behaviour, knife related crime, substance misuse & large groups of local young people/adults having a lack of positive activities to take part in. We are currently providing week in/week out sports, educational healthy lifestyle and life skill activities for nearly 400 children/youth from all parts of the community. We work with and are supported by Slough Borough Council, Thames Valley Police, schools, housing associations, charities and a number of local companies.

Location

We are an event based organization but plans are to setup a base once the opportunity arises. We currently use local schools and community centre facilities to deliver our activities.

Our Aims

We also work in partnership with a wide range of local businesses to provide our young people with mentoring and work experience opportunities.

Sport-ED endeavours to run projects that will achieve the following:

  • To improve community safety from reduction in anti-social behaviour and criminal activity
  • To improve academic attainment in key skills such as numeracy, literacy, reduction in truancy & improvements in behaviour
  • To promote healthy life styles through increased positive physical activity, healthy eating and refraining from taking drugs/alcohol
  • To remove barriers to participation for disadvantaged groups
  • To build strong cohesive community by bringing together children from different parts Slough

 

Current Activities

Football in the Community

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As part of Sport-ED’s “Football in the Community” project, we have a fully functioning football club that has been running since 2009, catering for 100+ boys & young adults. We provide low cost football coaching to youth from across Slough with six teams (U16s, U15s, U114s, & U13s + 16+) playing in the Thames Valley Football Development & East Berkshire Leagues.

Structured training takes place on Saturdays at Lascelles Park during the summer. In the winter months we use the Power League’s or Wexham School astro turf facilities.

League matches are held on Sundays at the home ground in Kidderminster Park and at various away locations around Slough.

Targets for our “Football in the Community” are:

  • Get children from all over Slough physically active by participating in a structured sporting outdoor environment
  • Improve community cohesion by getting children from different cultures/backgrounds to come together and unite through sport
  • Help improve young people’s fitness
  • Drop in anti-social behaviour
  • Instil achievement & ambition amongst the youth to develop into the best they can be
  • Train additional volunteers as football coaches (three volunteers have already been trained and have achieved FA level 1 & one to level 3)

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Our goal is to provide young people opportunities to participate in structured learning programmes, which will enhance educational achievement. We have been successfully running supplementary classes for children since 2004. The project initially started as a mid-week homework club for around 25 children, moving in March 2006 to a Saturday morning supplementary school due to demand. In 2014 we set up 2 major initiatives to improve educational standards of our children:

  • Subsidised 11 Plus classes on Sunday mornings with the aim of getting more children from disadvantaged communities into Grammar schools and then in to good universities.
  • Set up Sunday morning homework club

SWS is based at Langley Academy, Langley Road, Currently around 160 regularly attend Weekend School.
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Special Projects

Summer schools: Over the years we have organised a number of summer schools, offering a mixture of learning and scouting/team building activities which are designed to be fun, whilst helping children improve their creative thinking, organisational and team building skills.

Life Skills: We aim to hold sessions that will equip the youth to be able to transition into the workplace more easily, events will include

  • CV clinics
  • Careers advice with lectures from people in industry
  • Team building activities 

Health fairs: We have held a numbers of health fairs for the children, providing guidance on healthy eating/living and how to deal with peer pressure about alcohol, drugs and other social influences. The fairs were run by qualified GPs and specialists from the local community.

Giving: The children are encouraged to take pride in their community and to raise funds for local causes. We have used “The Apprentice” format with boys vs. girls’ competition to see who can raise the most money. To date we have raised around £15,000 for Wexham Park Hospital, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and other charities.