In April 2017 Dorset Youth Association gained funding from our local County Sports Partnership ‘Active Dorset’ through Sport England’s Satellite Clubs. This has enabled us to continue working with young people who are vulnerable and facing some form of disadvantage through health and wellbeing activities.

This project had no direct targets on numbers that it had to work with, which meant we could aim to work more closely with individuals we engaged so they were able to gain more form the project. We engaged young people aged between 11 and 15 years of age, all of whom were from Portland, Dorset. This was the area that we chose to work in due to a recent ONS report that placed one electoral ward on Portland was having the highest levels of child poverty in the country. As with previous projects the young people we engaged were not traditionally involved in sport or were inactive.

To make our work more pertinent and effective we partnered with a local youth club ‘The Drop In’ and the local Academy ‘Aspirations Academy Portland’. This allowed us direct access to young people who were already in social groups, and as we know from previous projects this allows us to fully engage them.

Satellite Clubs are all about getting young people active even for one session, but enticing them to come back for more and through this engagement trying to find them a local club for whom they would like to join and carry on their sporting hobby. For this to work its best we offered young people the chance to take part in an open multi-sport project that ran every Tuesday evening from April till October 2017 at the Drop In apart from the summer when we ran a 3 hour session every Wednesday at Aspirations Academy Portland. Young people took part in sports such as Football, Basketball and Frisbee. They also enjoyed Hockey, Badminton and Handball.

Impact

Throughout the course of the programme we engaged 24 young people, with 11 (45%) attending regularly and attended 6 or more sessions. This allowed are work to have a real impact for their mental and physical wellbeing.