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Sport 4 Life

Youth Employment Charity

Creating a better future for young people through sports-themed personal development programmes.

Sport 4 Life UK

Sport 4 Life UK helps young people (aged 11 to 29) move into sustained education, training and work through sports-themed personal development.

Their aim is to give every young person they work with the chance to make a positive change in their lives.

The Cause

Birmingham has the highest level of youth unemployment amongst core cities in the UK, over double of the UK average. 40% of Birmingham’s population live in the top 10% most deprived wards of the UK and 3 of it constituencies have the highest rate of child poverty in the UK.

Sport 4 Life UK believes in a level playing field, where every young person, regardless of their circumstances or background has the opportunity to create a better future for themselves.


Young people engaged with Sport 4 Life UK


Young people gained an accredited qualification


Achieved a sustained job outcome

What They Do

Sport 4 Life UK are proud to create a better future for young people by improving their employability and key life skills, through our sports-themed personal development programmes. Their delivery programmes provide targeted activities that are proven to deliver life-changing impact.

Who They Are

Sport 4 Life UK was founded in 2006 as a small community project in the ward of Ladywood, Birmingham. We have developed into the leading sport for employment charity across Birmingham.

Sport 4 Life UK CEO, Tom Clarke-Forrest reflects:

My brother and I were discussing our post-university career plans (or lack thereof) back in 2006. We talked about our passions – sport, football, young people, social action, Birmingham – and whether we could use these to create something and make a difference.

Ten years later and Sport 4 Life is stronger than ever. To date, we’ve spent over £2.5 million on our sports-themed personal development programmes. We’ve worked with more than 5,000 disadvantaged young people, supporting them to find jobs, re-engage with education, stop offending and improve their life-skills.

– A story from Sport 4 Life –

Kelly’s Story

I felt like I wasn’t good enough. I hit rock bottom and didn’t know where to turn. My confidence and self-esteem were at an all-time low.

Kelly was made redundant from her most recent job. She had previously been out of work for over 12 months – and now she was back at square one. Her prospects for the future looked bleak. Kelly was at the point of giving up hope, until she heard about Sport 4 Life. She signed up to the NEET programme – and that decision proved life-changing.

The project challenged Kelly to get out of her comfort zone, try new activities and develop her life-skills. She participated in sports coaching sessions and helped organise a community social action project. But it wasn’t always easy.

I was very nervous and scared to talk to others. But slowly the activities brought me out of my shell and encouraged me to communicate more. I began to feel like a different person. The staff motivated me and kept me going – and I was inspired to turn a negative into a positive.

Employability workshops and mock interviews provided Kelly with practical support for finding a job, while mentoring from employers and project staff helped her develop a career plan. Now Kelly’s life is well and truly back on track. She is studying hospitality at South and City College and feels excited about a prosperous, successful future ahead.

I feel incredibly proud of my achievements.  I can do things now that I would not have dreamed of doing before. From a very bad, low place I now feel like the sky is the limit.

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