In the UK there is a significant disparity in the sporting opportunities which are open to the different socio-economic classes. Young people growing up in England’s highest-earning households are more than twice as likely to receive sports coaching and take part in organised, competitive sport, than those growing up in the lowest-earning households.
To remedy this StreetGames uses doorstep sport - sport brought close to the home to young people in disadvantaged communities at the right time, for the right price, to the right place and in the right style.
StreetGames case study
During the summer of 2010 The Rugby Football League (RFL) developed a pilot project to engage 14-19 year olds living within 15 disadvantaged areas across Yorkshire in StreetRugby. The intervention introduced a derivate of rugby league, Street Rugby (a version of non-contact/ touch rugby) into existing youth sessions that were provided by a range of partners including NACRO, Youth Offending Teams, Youth Centres and Young People’s Services.
StreetGames case study
Newham Flames is the handball club of the Newham StreetGames project in the London Borough of Newham that uses doorstep sport and is based in Newham Leisure Centre. The Borough is at the centre of London 2012, with the Olympic Park and Stadium falling within its boundaries.
StreetGames Case study
The Newham StreetGames project, based in the London Borough of Newham, set up ‘non-contact boxing’ satellite clubs in partnership with the Borough’s Amateur Boxing Association’s (ABA) boxing development officer. The clubs aim to support the development of boxing for young people in Newham and create pathways for young people to join ABA-affiliated boxing clubs. The Borough is at the centre of London 2012, with the Olympic Park and Stadium falling within its boundaries.
StreetGames briefing paper
This paper introduces the StreetGames delivery method of doorstep sport. It explains what it is and why its approach is necessary when bringing sport to young people on low incomes or from lower socio-economic groups. The paper also provides guidance for coaches and project leaders on the challenges of providing sport in a doorstep sport environment, as well as methods to secure retention of participants.
This strategic plan highlights StreetGames’ impressive achievements to date and how the organisation will build on these foundations. It looks at how StreetGames is changing the face of community sport.