Our Community Programmes

The Northumbria Sport Foundation delivers community sport programmes that enhance the personal development, health and wellbeing of disadvantaged people in the North East of England. These projects are delivered by students, thereby enhancing their leadership and employability skills.

Current Programmes

Northumbria Sport Foundation uses the money raised to help support causes in the North East.

Currently we are working on 2 projects with plans to increase this over the year. Our current projects are:

  • Nunsmoor Women’s Only Boxing
  • West End Schools – After School Netball

Nunsmoor Women’s Only Boxing

Our ‘Nunsmoor Us Girls Do’ project is run every Sunday afternoon from Nunsmoor Sports Centre in Fenham. The aim of the programme is to improve self-esteem, self-confidence and teaching basic self-defence within the black, minority and ethnic minority. The content of the sessions is boxing and fitness, delivered by qualified volunteers on the Northumbria Volunteer Programme.

The project was delivered in partnership with EMTEP (Ethnic Minorities Training and Education Project). Last year the project engaged 28 participants, including 17 aged 19-25yrs and was delivered by female coaches in a female only environment based on the specific needs and demands of the community. The project aimed to improve not only the health and wellbeing of the participants but aimed to improve their self-esteem, self-confidence and improve their self-defence. Many of the young people who got involved have gone on to take part in sport and exercise on a more regular basis and have significantly improved their self-confidence. Some of the participants have even undertaken activator courses to support the delivery of the activities.

One participant commented:

“We cannot thank you enough, no one has ever considered sports activities for us young women, it’s taboo; not the done thing in our community, you are the first to do this for us, showing us it’s okay and letting us shape the activity sets.”


This year we are working in partnership with the West End Schools to deliver after school sports clubs for children in the North East.

The clubs are run at Bridgewater School in Scotswood on a Monday and Thursday afternoon for pupils in year 5 and 6 (aged 9-11). Becky Winbow our Sport Academy and Netball Super League intern will be leading the coaching of the Netball while Megan Pyper and Rhiannon Gray our Team Northumbria W1 Football players and Community Outreach Intern and Sport Academy Volunteer respectively will be coaching the football sessions his project throughout the year.

The aim of these sessions is to promote structured sporting sessions to the children after school, increasing their health and wellbeing and promoting access to sport for the children in areas where they have difficult living situations and for many of them it is their only chance to participate in structured physical activity. The West End Schools Trust and Northumbria Sport Foundation are working together to try and ensure that every child, irrespective of their background has the opportunity to participate in high quality, fun and engaging Sport Sessions.

Cathy Rooney, West End Trust officer, commented her appreciation for the Netball sessions provided saying: Thanks so much for your help with this, both Becky and Charlotte are an absolute credit to the university... professional, enthusiastic and inspiring.

Northern Frontrunners

Northern Frontrunners are a running club catering to the north-east of England, and based in Newcastle upon Tyne.  They are part of the International Frontrunners network, a family of running clubs which are inclusive and welcome all sections of the community, with an emphasis on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.

The Northumbria Sport Foundation has supported the Northern Frontrunners with their winter training, providing weekly access to Sport Central for their Strength and Conditioning sessions. Previously their strength and conditioning sessions were run on the quayside and had to stop during the colder winter months however working together we have been able to provide yearlong access to ensure high quality sessions to all of the club’s members.

To find out more about the Northern Frontrunners visit http://www.northernfrontrunners.co.uk/

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