SportInspired’s vision is of communities connected with energy and passion, where people enjoy being active. Our mission is to achieve this through fun and inclusive community programmes which bring together local businesses, sports clubs, schools and councils, inspiring new connections, lifeskills and opportunities. Our story began back in 2004 when Richard Raynes helped to start a children’s rugby club in Hackney, London. After two years he was:
- amazed at the positive impact his club had had on its members, but also
- saddened by the fact that most young people believed there was nothing to do locally, turning to destructive activities instead. After consulting with people in the community surrounding the club, he called on some friends and together they delivered an event called “SportInspired, Hackney 2007".
The project was a success. Of course not everything worked perfectly, but there were enough positive outcomes to inspire Rich and his friend, Peter Thomond, to push the idea further. The investment bank UBS, then bravely stepped up in support of the project as part of their work in Hackney. As a result, Pete and Rich started to understand the extent to which businesses could support in bringing the community together, through providing new skills, resources and most importantly, role models. The business volunteers got back every bit as much as they put in, as did the business itself. A strong and sustainable business model therefore, started to develop. In the years to follow, SportInspired and their partner organisations (including schools, sports clubs, businesses and local authorities) developed the model to create something that can deliver maximum value to many people, with minimum resources. SportInspired now has a unique and dedicated team which makes SportInspired an exciting, innovative and unique charity. We have now worked with 70,000+ people across the UK and have a strong vision, backed by big ambitions and careful planning of how to increase and develop further. And the most important thing we've learnt along the way? We can't do it alone. We have created a simple platform for communities to use and create sustainable programmes which are tailored to them. We can facilitate, but it's the communities we work with that make the real difference.
people involved in SportInspired Games
hours of volunteering
Games programmes run
Our small and dedicated team is supported by an amazing army of contract staff, interns, coaches and volunteers!
We work with SportInspired because they know how to deliver for the community and for corporates.
When I did 10 metres I felt great. I felt really happy when I did my 250. Everyone says “Well done” and “That’s great Lewis” and that makes me feel happy. It’s like an achievement of my life. It’s one of the best things I've ever done.
SportInspired’s Games aren’t just about having a fantastic day. It is great for business and delivers a foundation for promoting sports participation and accessing sport in the community, leaving a tangible and sustainable legacy we can all be proud of.
You see the kids coming in and some of them are as quiet as anything, withdrawn, and they go out and they are maybe six inches taller than they were when they came in, you know, just on a complete high.
SportInspired’s approach has provided the Council with a platform that brings all key stakeholders together and helps us to align our projects and initiatives. In a recent Games programme, 92% of the 900 young people stated they were more likely to take up sport, had improved their team working skills, and had more confidence.
I want to say how pleased me and my husband are about all the opportunities you have given my boy. He is really proud of himself and we are really proud of him as well.
Through working with SportInspired, I have gained many local contacts with schools, community clubs and local community. SportInspired has played a key role in helping to lay down a clear pathway to the community that will help further develop and inspire our children. Thames View Junior School has welcomed this with open arms, and so have many other schools in the Borough.
The games are great! It gives young people the opportunity to try a number of different sports and that is key. It has really raised the awareness of basketball in the community and has helped our school programmes grow from strength to strength.
I had fun with my friends and it was the best day of my whole life!
I deal with a lot of difficult customers on the phone, and whenever I get a difficult customer I just think of the day I was there and how happy the kids were.
Thanks for the amazing opportunity, the students loved it, and will remember it for a long time.
“SportInspired has become a key partner in the delivery of a lasting legacy of sports with our School Sports Partnership and its member schools. They clearly understand the needs of schools and young people when delivering their programmes, which are of the highest quality. We welcome any future involvement with the organisation and its employees, in helping to inspire a generation.”