Five reasons to vote for Sport Birmingham at this year’s Birmingham Awards
Posted: Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:25
Voting has now opened for the Birmingham Awards and Sport Birmingham have been shortlisted for Sporting Initiative!
The Birmingham Awards showcases the best of Birmingham and celebrates the achievements of Birmingham people, from businesses and charities right through to restaurants, retailers and individuals. It truly recognises the unsung hero's that make Birmingham such a vibrant city.
It's been a huge year and now we need your HELP and vote to recognise all the work we do towards making Birmingham a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.
There's loads of reasons to vote for us but here's the best reasons why...
1. Children and Young People
At Sport Birmingham we believe the power of sport/physical activity can greatly impact the lives of young people and help drive social change. We introduced a new youth engagement programme: MAD (Making a Difference) Birmingham which was launched exactly a year ago. This project uses sport to tackle social issues using mentoring, weekly sessions and outreach activities at locations in the city where there are high levels of deprivation, social isolation and crime. These areas include Perry Barr, Nechells, Stechford and Longbridge. MAD Birmingham provides young people a safe place to play and socialise, giving them a sense of connection, belonging and enhanced life prospects. We also organise the Birmingham School Games giving young people to take part in competitive sport delivered through a series of fully inclusive multi sports events
This year Sport Birmingham were the lead alongside 4 other organisations addressing inactivity and healthy eating in the south Birmingham. Move More Eat Well is a programme that aims to improve health and wellbeing in individuals, engaging over 2000 people in the programme in the past year within the Northfield and Longbridge districts.
Sport Birmingham is also leading on Birmingham's involvement in the Europod exchange for the third successive year. Over 50 young sports enthusiasts from Birmingham took part in the 2018 Europod exchange programme in Lyon between 30th June – 6th July 2018. The Europod exchange can be a life-changing experience for those involved and an opportunity that they will remember for a long time, with a participant from Erdington Judo Club saying that the whole experience has "opened me up to a new view of life
3. Disability Sport
Sport Birmingham run the Birmingham Disability Sports Forum – a consortium of sporting and non-sporting partners committed to driving the growth of local inclusive participation opportunities through the annual Inclusive Sports Festival. This year's festival took part in Aston Villa and University of Birmingham over two days, encouraging over 500 young people, carers and parents to try fully inclusive sports; many for the first time. The festival aims to increase awareness of disability-friendly activities and information about wider health services through taster day providing the opportunity for disabled people to continue on their journey to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
4. Workforce, Coaching and Volunteering
In summer 2018, Sport Birmingham managed the volunteering for various national sports events such as the British Transplant Games and National Indoor Athletics. Over 1000 volunteers were recruited and deployed in various roles, from coaching activities to event support, meeting and greeting to administration. These roles ensure the local volunteers can meet new people, make friends, give something back, gain confidence and build new skills that can often lead to longer-term employment opportunities.
We recently launched the second successive year of Coach Core, a sports coaching apprenticeship programme funded by the Royal Foundation. This programme develops the next generation of inspirational coaches with training and employment.
Over 15 apprenticeships were created this year at 14 well-known local sports organisations for young people who were not in education or training.
The success of CoachCore Birmingham attracted the attention of Royalty in November 2017 when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a programme session at Villa Park. In March 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also visited CoachCore Birmingham at Nechells Wellbeing Centre as part of an end-of-year showcase event to learn of the positive impact of Coach Core on the inner-city young people.
5. Working in Partnership
We have developed a number of research and insight guides to provide key localised information to partners, stakeholders and those involved in sport to help shape projects. These resources inform funding bids for partners and help to identify the core challenges faced across the city. The easy-to-read guides are supported by case studies, insight blogs and young person narratives to understand behaviour when it comes to providing appealing sport and physical recreation in Birmingham.
To promote sport in the city we provide partners support to deliver and co-ordinate national programmes at a local level ensuring Birmingham provides consistent opportunities to take part in sport. Recently, we provided much needed coordination support for the Commonwealth Games Homecoming event ensuring local people had the opportunity to try the Commonwealth Games Sports.
Voting has now opened
Sport Birmingham have been nominated for 'Sporting Initiative' alongside City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Club, Birmingham Futsal Club, Box Clever and Sport 4 Life. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Saturday 24th November 2018 at Edgbaston Stadium. The deadline to vote is Friday 19th October 2018.
Did You Know?
We have developed a range of tools and resources to help make sport more accessible in Birmingham. These include A-Z of Sport and Activity Finder, you can also check out upcoming eventsregister your organisation Funding Finder or Birmingham's latest volunteering opportunitiesand Jobs in sport