This weekend saw ATF team up with Positive Futures to launch 3 doorstep clubs in Southend on Sea. The multi sport tournament was held at Shoebury Leisure Centre and Futures College in Thorpe Bay. The launch day allowed over 60 of our regular members to participate in a football tournament and then try out a whole host of other sports including; Judo, Cricket, basketball, dodgeball, Golf, Table Tennis and Netball. The young people who attended were all supported by trained coaches to try out something new!
ATF members came from across Southend to get involved, including pupils from Milton Primary, Cecil Jones, Futures, Shoebury High and Chase High.
What are Doorstep Sport Clubs?
1000 new Doorstep Sport Clubs are a major pillar of StreetGames contribution to the 2012 Olympic Legacy. The clubs will change the sporting landscape in hundreds of deprived communities across the UK and give over 100,000 young people the chance to develop a sporting habit for life.
The clubs will be for the community – those who enjoy sport in school as well as those who do not warm to PE. They will be fun, sociable and have a strong element of youth leadership. There will be a varied diet of competitive and non-competitive sports. Talented youngsters will be encouraged to join in the development programme of their chosen sport’s governing body.
The coaches who run the clubs will be special people – skilled in leading sport as well as in supporting young people to make the best of themselves. The coaches will be local and know the communities they work in. The young volunteers who co-run the clubs will gain new skills and qualifications and grow as they learn to lead.
Sport England is Street Games main partner in Doorstep Sport Clubs. Following a successful testing of 50 new Doorstep Sport Clubs, StreetGames is ready to roll out the next 250 clubs. A summary report of the testing period can be found here and the full report here.
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In January 2012, the new Government and Sport England’s 2013-2017 Youth Sport Strategy – Creating a sporting habit for life – was launched. StreetGames’ role in the strategy is to lead the creation of 1000 new Doorstep Sport Clubs for young people (aged 14-25 years old) in deprived areas. The new Doorstep Sport Clubs will draw on the increasing expertise of a large number of agencies delivering doorstep sport – sport at the right time, for the right price, in the right place and in the right style.