SportInspired Games Manager
I just graduated from the University of Exeter in the summer of 2014 when I started interning with SportInspired. Looking at their website, I was immediately drawn to the work they do and their pledge to find every child a sport they love. Aiming to be inclusive, impactful, innovative and fun in everything they do resonated strongly with me.
Personally, I have always loved playing sport but, for me, it was never about being the best or the most competitive; it was about having fun and taking part. Of the all values SportInspired promote in their work, this is what struck me as most inspiring. It is this philosophy that motivated me to spontaneously take up white water kayaking in my second year of university – something I had never done before. Despite not being the most competent paddler, I was able to pursue this interest because those around me strongly encouraged me to do so and my love for the sport continued to grow.
What’s great about working at SportInspired, and why I love what I do, is that we help create new stories like this, no matter how small, every day. We give young people that opportunity to try new sports and pursue their love for them no matter what. Being lucky enough to try out lots of different sports as a child, it is an amazing feeling to now be a part of a movement that enables those to do something they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to do. Being a Games Manager is a rewarding job and the hardwork is all worth it when you hear the animated cheers of 220 primary school children at a festival!
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You see the kids coming in and some of them are as quiet as anything, withdrawn, and they go out and they are maybe six inches taller than they were when they came in, you know, just on a complete high.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.”