Community Programmes

Active Abilities

Our Active Abilities programme includes a variety of provision to provide sporting and physical activity opportunities to people with a disability or additional needs.

One in five people in England have a long-standing limiting disability or illness. According to Sport England figures, disabled people say they are nearly twice as likely to be physically inactive (43%), compared with non-disabled people (21%). This inequality increases sharply as the number of impairments a person has increases, with 51% of people with three or more impairments inactive. If these population disparities are not addressed, the inequalities that already exist for disabled people will increase.

Our Active Abilities programme includes the following group sessions:

  • Adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Boccia
  • Benton Dene Primary Special School P.E
  • Sporting MINDS

Knockout Sisters

As seen on BBC1’s The One Show, our Knockout Sisters programme, ran in partnership with EMTEP offer female-led, women only boxing and fitness sessions to help women from the Muslim community be active. The sessions use non-contact boxing to improve fitness and coordination, as well as providing a social space for participants to make friends and gain confidence. Participants have shown improvements in both physical and mental wellbeing. In 2017, Northumbria student coach Hannah Dawson also won Street Games Young Coach of the Year for her outstanding contribution and delivery of weekly sessions in the West end of Newcastle. 

To watch a clip of BBC's Inside Out feature on this project, and hear from participant Hira about how the session makes her feel like 'Superwoman' click here

If you would like more information on this project, wish to take part, or support in anyway, please contact Sport Engagement Manager David Jones on d.r.jones@northumbria.ac.uk or 0191 277 3223


LGBT+ Sport

The Northumbria Sport Foundation supports a number of LGBT+ sporting clubs to help support the inclusion of the LGBT+ community within sport.

Sport England research found that 55% of LGBT+ men were not active enough to maintain good health, compared to 33% of men in the general population, 56% of LGBT+ women were not active enough to maintain good health, compared to 45% of women in the general population, and 64% of LGBT+ people who identified as something other than male or female (e.g. gender fluid or genderqueer) were not active enough to maintain good health.

It is therefore important specific provision is supported to ensure the LGBT+ community have opportunities that are inclusive, enjoyable, and safe. The Northumbria Sport Foundation supports the following LGBT+ Sport Clubs:

  • Northern Frontrunners
  • Newcastle Panthers FC
  • Newcastle Ravens RFC

If you represent an LGBT friendly sporting club or activity provider, please get in touch as we’d love to discuss how we can support you.


Volunteer Zambia

The Volunteer Zambia project, previously the UK Sport IDEALS Zambia Project, has been running since 2006. The project involves the Wallace Group of Universities (Northumbria, St Andrews, Stirling, Durham, Loughborough, Cardiff Met, and Bath) each sending out students every summer for 6 week coaching placements, with Zambian NGO Sport in Action, where they will work with young people in Lusaka.

The project not only helps support young people who live in poverty through sport, it also provides students and staff a unique development opportunity to come back to the UK as better coaches and people. Students and staff who have been part of this project all come back describing it as a life changing experience.

The Northumbria Sport Foundation supports Northumbria’s Volunteer Zambia students fundraise every year, and provides funds to the Fountain of Hope (a Volunteer Zambia placement site in Lusaka) food appeal to help provide two meals a day to homeless young people in Lusaka.

For any Northumbria student who would like to apply to be part of this project, applications usually open in September/October with information announced on the Northumbria Sport Website Volunteering page here and on Twitter @NUZambiaProject.

 

Starting in 2017/18, the Northumbria Sport Foundation aims to work in primary schools with pupils in Y5 & 6 to deliver PE or after school sport sessions that will improve health, attitudes to active lifestyles, and use sport as a tool to support social action.

 

Funded by Sport Relief, Try for Change is our Rugby Union programme using rugby for positive social change, focusing on supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Supported by Northumbria University’s RFU Tier 1 Rugby Hub, we are able to provide high quality and experienced rugby provision to help people get active and improve their lives through rugby.

As seen on The One Show, we deliver Us Girls – Knockout Sisters sessions in partnership with Street Games and EMTEP. These sessions are female-led, women only sessions where non-contact boxing is used to improve fitness and coordination, as well as providing a social space for participants to make friends and gain confidence.

Northumbria University is extremely proud of its students’ and alumni’s Paralympic records, with Northumbria students bringing home six Paralympic medals from Rio 2016. The Northumbria Sport Foundation hopes to extend this legacy of elite success to the community, supporting the provision of accessible sport and physical activity for people with a disability. Sport England research has found people with a disability are over 50% more likely to be inactive compared to someone without a disability.

 

The Volunteer Zambia project, previously the UK Sport IDEALS Zambia Project, has been running since 2006. The project involves the Wallace Group of Universities (Northumbria, St Andrews, Stirling, Durham, Loughborough, Cardiff Met, and Bath) each sending out students every summer for 6 week coaching placements, with Zambian NGO Sport in Action, where they will work with young people in Lusaka.