Sporting Communities are community and social development specialists. We listen to the needs of communities and then offer a myriad of services to best support the individuals within that community or the community as a whole.
Our 4 strands listed below allow us to tailor services that engage, support and create sustainable, positive social change.
This year, Sporting Communities are hosting the first ever Derby Youth Awards to celebrate the achievements of young people in the city during the 2019 year.
There are many amazing, inspirational young people who come from each community, but for 2019, alongside our headline sponsors Derby City Council, we are celebrating the stories of young people living within Derby City.
The categories are as follows:
- Participant of the Year
- Outstanding Contribution to Community
- Young Volunteer Award
- Inspirational Young Person Award
- Development Award
- Team Award
- Peer Champion
- Youth Voice Award
“If I hadn’t got involved in Sporting Communities, I honestly believe I’d be behind bars by now.”
Dani started as a participant at Sporting Communities sessions in 2013. Coming from a disadvantaged community Dani faced a number of social challenges. She unfortunately also faced a number of health issues leading her to have a lot of anger and lack of coping strategies.
With Sporting Communities ongoing support, Dani has overcome a number of life barriers and instead developed the drive to make a difference within her community and inspire other young people. She is now a great role model, especially for young girls and in 2016 received the Children and Young People Now 'Children's Achievement Award'.
“I’ve definitely got more mature, I’d like to say. I’ve knuckled down more, I’ve focused on what I want to do.”
Ben and his friends found themselves causing trouble throughout the rest of the town and getting told off by the police. In his own words Ben thought that he was "just going to mess around all my life with my mates".
After working with Sporting Communities Ben began to turn his life around, helping to restart the local youth club that had closed down and inspire young people through a local heritage project. To read more, click on the video, or click here to go to the Heritage Lottery Fund's full article.