Sporting Chance

August 13, 2015 No Comments »
Sporting Chance

Leeds United Foundation’s Sporting Chance programme is funded by a £320k grant from the BIG Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund and run in partnership with The Leeds United Foundation. The programme targets low risk ex-offenders soon to be released back into their communities. The programme aims to provide opportunities for them to develop employability skills essential for working within the sport and leisure industry.

Running for the next four years the programme will see around 350 young people attend over that period and will provide each of them with football related activities to help them channel their energy into sport and prevent offending and re-offending through low level crime and anti-social behaviour.

Target audience:

  • 16 to 25 year olds (males)
  • Low risk ex-offenders
  • 16-year-old males deemed at risk of adopting a life of crime

Core activities of the programme:

  • Football sessions
  • Life-skills courses 
  • Employability guidance
  • Advice workshops (on reality of crime, prison life)
  • Community workshop (effects of crime on the local community)
  • Guided prison visit
  • Physical fitness test
  • Help attendees become ‘Graduates’ and volunteer their time to the programme


Young people should ideally:

  • Find work at the foundation/ other organizations
  • Improve life-skills ad employability prospects
  • Become ‘Graduates’ and mentor/lead football sessions
  • Be involved in the planning of future programmes
  • Help in the evaluation of the programme
  • Become ‘User Reps’ on project Steering Group

For further information on how to refer a young person, please contact the Community Outreach Worker Taf on: (0113) 2773330 Ext. 208 or

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