Bath Rugby Foundation are a Doorstep Sport provider for Street Games. We work at Youth Club’s across B&NES providing sports and enrichment opportunities for local children in challenging areas.
The StreetGames charity was set up by half a dozen organizers of neighbourhood sports projects. In 2005 they came together to make sport more widely available for disadvantaged young people and to maximize the power of sport to change young lives and to change disadvantaged communities.
These founding organisers were experienced workers in community regeneration programmes or they were involved in Sport England’s programme of 9 Sport Action Zones. Some founders were part of both programmes.
The StreetGames pilot programme was run with the Football Foundation and the New Deal for Communities regeneration programme. Two years after deciding to set up the charity, StreetGames secured funding from the Sport England Lottery and officially launched in January 2007.
StreetGames promotes Doorstep Sport – that is sport in disadvantaged communities that takes place at the right time, at the right place, in the right style and at the right price.
StreetGames manages the network of Doorstep Sport providers. There are over 600 organisations in the network. They are community groups, local authorities, sports clubs and other types of organisations that are concerned with the well being of disadvantaged young people. StreetGames does not own or control these organisations – they are independent and shaped by the needs of the young people in their own neighbourhood.
StreetGames started meaningful activity in Wales 2009, and in February 2012 we launched a programme supported by Sport Wales and Welsh Government’s Communities First Program to increase sporting opportunities in every Communities First cluster
In Wales we currently work with 44 out of the 52 Community First clusters. Over 18,323 Young people have benefited directly from StreetGames activity. The network is continuing to grow with over 150 national and regional organisations involved across the nation.
StreetGames also works with the national governing bodies of sport to help them to grow their sport amongst disadvantaged young people. This work is important because disadvantaged young people participate in sport less frequently that their more affluent peers.
Contact Joe.Aygul@bathrugby.com to find out more and to attend a session.