The Access to Sports Project

logo Access to sport projectis a London based sports development charity delivering progressive and sustainable sports projects for children, young people and adults from disadvantaged areas and areas of urban regeneration. The work we do is targeted at people who face multiple levels if disadvantage and sport is the tool that we use to find ways in which we can improve peoples' quality of life.

The three main aims of the organisation are to:
1. 1.provide accessible sports activities
2. develop and build the capacity of the voluntary sports sector
3. create pathways for training, volunteering and employment in the sports industry

We are also committed to:

  • Improving health- through a range of sporting and physical activities, providing children and young people with the physical literacy and skills, which will remain throughout their lives, reducing the risk of health problems related to physical inactivity.
  • Reducing crime- by providing constructive and creative activities sensitive to the needs of young people who are involved in, or are at risk of being involved in, anti social behavior and crime.
  • Increasing social inclusion - by providing opportunities for participation by males and females, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities and people who are economically disadvantaged.
  • Developing People – by using sport as the vehicle for building self-confidence, learning/ improving skills and abilities, working as part of a team and moving people on to access wider provision ensuring that they are a contributing member of society.
  • Building Communities- promoting social cohesion and inter-generational understanding through volunteering and shared activity in diverse communities.
  • Increasing employment- through the operation of new sports opportunities, volunteering opportunities and the delivery of vocational qualifications.

Since inception in 2001, The Access to Sports Project have worked with over 12,000 children and young people from disadvantaged areas in London, trained over 6,000 sports coaches and sports development professionals and contributed over 100,000 hours of community sports sessions to local neighbourhoods and offered pathways for 1,000 young people to volunteer in sports. We have strong strategic links as well as grassroots partners and deliver a variety of sports such as athletics, basketball, football, handball, netball, goalball, hockey, tennis, table tennis, non-contact boxing, badminton, squash, rugby, futsal and roller-skating.