Community Sport in Birmingham given a huge boost!
Posted: Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:56
Sport Birmingham's Chair, Paul Faulkner (Chief Executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce), welcomes four very special additions to the Board of Trustees, to boost the city's sports partnership work and ultimately bring more opportunities for people to become physically active through sport.
The four new trustees complete the board line-up and will help drive investment into the region, supporting the team of staff working to make Birmingham a more productive place to live, work and play.
Chief Executive, Mike Chamberlain, said "Paul's gravitas, business leadership and connectivity with professional sport and the Commonwealth Games 2022 bid, has certainly helped us attract such a high calibre of individuals to join our team and make a real difference.
I'm really excited to be working with Jodie Cook, Managing Director of JC Social Media, and previous BYPY winner, who will help us reach more people; James McLaughlin, Chief executive of Cure Leukaemia, who will share successful fund-raising practice; Superintendent Keith Fraser, who will help us develop more work connecting sport interventions and youth offending to help reduce crime; and Mike Osborne, Sports Event specialist, who will help us grow our community and business events to engage more people".
Sport Birmingham's purpose is to use the power of sport and physical activity to improve lives; working with schools, clubs, coaches, charities, national governing bodies of sport, and many new partner organisations who wish to develop community sport, particularly in areas where there is most need and with those who are most disadvantaged.
Lottery funding enables the charity to bring opportunity to the city's young people in particular, through youth engagement programmes, apprenticeships and sports volunteering. A further focussed area of work is in disability sport where the Birmingham Disability Sports Forum is represented by over 60 local and national organisations promoting inclusive sport.
Paul Faulkner said "Birmingham is the youngest major city in Europe, and celebrates a diverse cultural mix across it's communities; the hope of a Commonwealth Games here in 2022 would provide a wonderful opportunity for Sport Birmingham to help make a lasting legacy by bringing communities together through sport. The team here have the connections, skills and experience to make the most of this and grow the partnership to make a real difference to activity levels here".