sported. Launches in the North West
21 Oct 2011
sported. announced its regional plans for the North West at a
launch held at Gujarat Hindu Society, Preston on 14th October
The aim of the Launch was to introduce sported. and it's
strategic aims, plans and services to key stakeholders across the
North-West. A wide range of organisations and individuals were in
attendance at the event including Members, Mentors, funders, and
organisations from the statutory, voluntary and private
The Launch marked a key milestone for the development of
sported. in the North West region, as we extend our membership and
services across the area.
There was positive feedback from the audience in relation to the
work of sported. and how it offers fantastic opportunities for
groups that are delivering sport for development activities to get
the business support and financial assistance to make them more
effective and sustainable.
Afrasaib Anwar, Hassan Haidry and Awais Javid Volunteers from
Burnley Sports Alliance - a sported. Member - were our first guest
speakers and spoke about how they used sport as a tool for engaging
and working with young people. Hassan also gave an inspirational
account of how the intervention of the Group had a positive impact
on him and enabled him to change his life around, from "going off
the rails" to now becoming a volunteer and also training to become
Terry Hephrun, Chair of both Lancashire Association of Council
for Voluntary Services, and Burnley Sports & Physical Activity
Alliance was our second guest speaker. He spoke of the challenges
facing voluntary sector organisations in the sector, particularly
in this current environment of financial cuts and uncertainty. He
also spoke about the importance of partnership working by
Infrastructure Support Organisations & the statutory sector to
enable effective use of resources and capacity, thus ensuring
effective and holistic support for grassroots organisations.
Rehana Koser, the Regional Manager for the North West stated "
It has been really exciting to officially launch sported. in the
region, and to develop good productive partnerships with key
stakeholders across area. The response we have had from groups and
individuals has been great, and I am looking forward to supporting
groups to become more business savvy and sustainable, thus
continuing their great work in improving the lives of disadvantaged
young people across the North-West".