Today sees the launch of the first new sports strategy for England in over 10 years and Vi-Ability, the UKs leading Social Enterprise, welcomes the focus the strategy places on "…how sport can have a meaningful and measurable impact on improving people’s lives" as well as the good news for young people in disadvantaged communities.
This statement is pivotal to our work and whilst numerous providers offer training through sport, Vi-Ability provide opportunities for people of all ages to develop skills, undertake work placements and gain qualifications in commercial sports management. In doing this, we hope to create an able and skilled workforce that will contribute to sustain thriving community sports clubs around the UK.
The 'Sporting Future' strategy brings together Government policy with tried and tested successful interventions to increase participation and change the life prospects of local people though sport and, ensure young people are seen as assets within their communities. It is an opportunity to harness the great work of our current and future Vi-Able Clubs and other community organisations within the Vi-Ability family to ensure we are working with the right partners to deliver on the key themes.
Vi-Ability have been leading the way on supporting the development of financially responsible and forward thinking clubs within local communities.
Providing life changing experiential learning for young people on the margins of society and ensuring that hand in hand, both contribute to the impact sport has on the economy. ‘’How it [sport] creates jobs, promotes growth and drives exports is a fundamental part of this new strategy” and alongside our expansion into England this year, Vi-Ability are contributing to local economies in Wales, Europe and India through our national and international programmes.
Our volunteers have been at the heart of some of London’s major events this year including Prudential Ride London, London Youth Games and as Ambassadors for Team London and they have also supported the growth of our Vi-Able Clubs by developing skills, gaining qualifications, all with a view to leading them into future employment. Therefore, we applaud the recognition of volunteering as a stand alone form of engagement which is "a good opportunity to build social inclusion and community cohesion."
In his Foreward, the Prime Minister states “we will be much bolder in harnessing the potential of sport for social good”, a sentiment we could not agree and align better with. We look forward to supporting the implementation of ‘Sporting Future’ and we welcome any thoughts on how we can ensure the work of Vi-Ability is central to this.
Kelly Davies, CEO
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