We support young sportspeople with the right attitude, creating opportunities for those who wouldn't have had the chance otherwise.Why the community needs us
Sport can create so many opportunities and can add so much value to the lives of young people. It is not just about activity, and nor is PPS – we aim to go further. The greatest benefit is how sport allows a young person to thrive (36%) - helping them to discover qualities, build belief, develop self-confidence and learn life skills. The opportunity to build a better future is incredibly valuable (29%) and enjoyment, keeping physically fit and mentally healthy are also recorded as positive benefits (27%). A few young people also say sport offers an outlet to escape from other stresses (8%). Unfortunately, 67% of people say that not everybody who deserves it has the chance to experience these benefits. We believe those young people demonstrating deserving characteristics should have the chance - the ones who show dedication, commitment, drive, hard work and ambition as well as being deprived of opportunities.
PPS works with trusted delivery partners and respected partnering organisations in the lowest 28% most deprived areas (IMD measure) to find the 70% of young people who have barriers to participate and progress in sport. We support them, break these barriers down and help to get the best out of themselves where they may not have had that chance otherwise. 36% of people who experience barriers say the most common struggle comes from outside the field of play with issues such as a lack of support and negative social environments – that is why we provide mentorship to all the programmes we deliver and individuals we support. 29% suggest the barriers are purely financial – which is why we provide targeted funding to delivery partners and supported individuals.If PPS didn’t offer this support the consequences would be devastating – 48% of young people said their mental health and wellbeing would suffer and 33% said they wouldn’t have the same career prospects. A smaller number (7%) of young people say they could be forced down a negative path if sport was taken away. Therefore, it is important for us to find and support the most deserving and in need young people. If we do this, we will make a difference through sport and influence a more socially mobile society.Our impact on the community
We delivered 11 programmes to groups of young people, averaging 21 participants per programme with an average age of 16. Our programmes were delivered in the lowest 28% most deprived areas of England.
We offered further essential support to 30 young people, with an average age of 18. 70% of the young people we supported were from BAME background.
We deliver valuable mentorship guidance to all the programmes we deliver and individuals we support.Our social impact
- Increased employment and activity for coaches
- Reduced financial pressures for delivery partners and families
- Increased opportunities for young aspiring athletes
- A fairer playing field for aspiring athletes
- Increased access to further education & training
- Helping young people become more employable
- Improved mental health & well being
- Access to an additional source of support