VISTA Sports Development will deliver a weekly cycle of workshops at a number of Lambeth Borough Secondary Schools by a team of dedicated workshop facilitators.

VISTA Sports Development was established in 2012 with a vision to plan and provide young people from predominantly deprived communities with high quality professional sports coaching, education and social enrichment programmes. VISTA currently engages approximately 80-100 young people weekly, through their football development pathway. The School Workshops programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund; which will help VISTA help an extra 120 young people by the end of July 2015. VISTA Sports Development are hoping to work with a number of schools in the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham boroughs.

VISTA Sport Development’s School Workshop programmes focus on young people aged 11+ in a number of ways and primarily through their RESOLVE and SPORT:LIFE programme.

The Vista RESOLVE programme involves facilitators working closely with young people aged 11-13 years old. This group will be afforded the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to resolve/deal appropriately with a variety of conflict situations.

Vista SPORT:LIFE is structured toward young people aged 13-15 years old. This scheme is essentially for those who experience difficulties with academic achievement, motivation and/ or attendance and punctuality; by highlighting the similarities of sports based scenarios to real life issues - this is just one example of how Vista aims to attend to the above issues by adopting refreshingly unique engagement techniques.

The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

The feedback received from a pilot that was delivered in a Lambeth, Secondary school was overwhelming; with initial benefits found including, improved behaviour in lessons and approximately 85% of students feeling more motivated at the end of the programmes.

Gary Brooks, Managing Director of VISTA Sports Development, said:

“The awarding of this funding is fantastic news for all of the young people we work for. Our School Workshops Programme has enormous benefits for children from some of the most disadvantaged areas of London, and uses the power of sport to help young people develop the life skills they need to thrive both in and outside of the classroom.”

25 Mar 2015 / Gary Brooks

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About VISTA

VISTA Sports Development is a social enterprise that provides young people with high quality professional sports coaching, education and social enrichment programmes.

VISTA works with young people aged 5-25 years old via our football and social development pathways.

The programmes are designed to promote the benefits of hard work, discipline, teamwork, leadership and an awareness of opportunities within grassroots football and the wider community. We have almost 15 years multi-agency experience engaging young people in targeted youth services (e.g. Outreach/Centre based youth work, Careers information and guidance, youth offending, with specialist training and background in supporting disadvantaged groups of young people) and school support.

Our main objectives are;

  • To develop and deliver social development programmes aimed at addressing issues which affect young people.
  • To work with NEETs, Ex-offenders and young people helping them find opportunities to work in a sports, media or arts-related environments.
  • To provide young people with the opportunities to access quality education and training delivered to a high standard.

Benefits

The activities and workshops hosted by VISTA Sports Development seek to provide a host of benefits including;

  • Greater development and understanding of sporting activities (namely football)
  • Improvement of social skills
  • Team interaction/teamwork development
  • Confidence building exercises and a greater engagement/exposure to “life skills”
  • Greater number of learning opportunities outside the classroom environment
  • Improvement in attainment, behaviour and attendance/punctuality