Our Community Programmes

The Northumbria Sport Foundation delivers community sport programmes that promote youth development, community development, health & wellbeing, and equality & inclusion for disadvantaged people in the North East of England. These projects are delivered by Northumbria students, thereby greatly enhancing their own leadership and employability skills.

All our community programmes rely on Northumbria University students to coach and deliver life changing sports projects. Our coaches have a fantastic track record, winning national awards, appearing on local and national television, and gaining employment with leading sport organisations after graduating. To get involved or find out more about any of our community programmes, please visit our contacts page

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.

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