in partnership with Deutsche Bank

sporteducate is a programme designed by Sported to help young people to gain specific educational outcomes through sport.


Both Deutsche Bank and Sported believe that sport has the power to engage and educate young people yet there is limited evidence to prove the link between participation in sport and how it can positively effect a young person's chance of future success. The programme, which is being funded and supported by Deutsche Bank, will engage a significant cohort of young people and will enable us to demonstrate the impact the sport can have on educational outcomes for young people.

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Deutsche Bank will provide 33 Sported members in London with funding over a four year period to develop projects aimed at engaging 11-18 year olds at risk of exclusion from school and becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). These projects will be designed to equip young people with the tools they need to succeed in progressing to further education, employment or training.

We recognise that every young person is different and the factors which lead them to becoming NEET vary considerably. For some, it may be due to academic ability - many disadvantaged young people don't have the right support to develop their basic literacy, numeracy or language skills. For other young people lack of engagement will be attitudinal. Some will lack aspiration and have no clear goals whilst others will regularly demonstrate challenging behaviour.

Sported, alongside external training providers will develop and then deliver training to 33 Sporteducate clubs to enable clubs to first identify those young people at risk of becoming NEET and then equip the clubs with the skills and resources they need to move each young person towards a positive educational outcome.

Activity will vary depending on the identified need.  It may involve challenging specific behaviours and attitudes, embedding literacy and numeracy skills into sport sessions or providing homework clubs as part of a sports programme. Each Member organisation will be supported by Sported and external training providers to develop the best programme to deliver positive educational outcomes.

Sported and Deutsche Bank will run a six month pilot to establish the full scope of required interventions, how they are best delivered and the process that is used to measure them.

It is expected that the outcomes sought for the young people participating will focus on the following:

  • Retention in education
  • Engagement in supplementary education
  • Improved attendance
  • Improved school performance

In addition, the programme will aim to support young people to improve various life skills, including:

  • Communication
  • Inter-personal skills
  • Managing emotions
  • Negotiation and problem solving
  • Increased self esteem
  • Increased motivation

Deutsche Bank employees will also actively engage with this programme by volunteering their time in a number of different capacities from skilled mentor support to training staff to help deliver sport sessions to young people.

Over the course of the four year project, sporteducate clubs will also be supported by Sported to develop their monitoring and evaluation systems in order to collect comprehensive outcome data. To this end, Sported and Deutsche Bank will be able to regularly review the impact that sport can have on educational outcomes. This will also provide us with information on what works when engaging young people in educational programmes and through our newly-created Sportworks tool, we will be able to demonstrate the cost saving to society that this kind of intervention can have.


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