New film celebrates sport's impact in communities

'Grow, Live, Work' has been nominated in the Charity Film Awards and gives an insight into five communities

A new film celebrating how sport and physical activity is building social connectedness in five areas across the UK has been nominated in the 2018 Charity Film Awards

Five of the Local People projects are coordinated and supported by national children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, in partnership with community organisations and local people making the decisions.The projects give young and old residents alike a voice to effect change in their areas.

Now in the third year of being run, the Youth Sport Trust supports the Local People Projects in Brent, Swansea, Dorking, Hull and Milton Keynes. The projects are funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by The Health Lottery.

Adrian Kelly, Local People coordinator in Brent, said:

The project and the funding we have received has given our community a chance to have a louder voice and create change on issues that matter to us. We have achieved so much so far and it’s not just one age group making a difference, it is intergenerational. I know that this project will leave a lasting legacy.

"One of the biggest strengths of the project is the power it has to empower young people and give them opportunities.18-year-old Fatima Hussein from Brent is the perfect example of this. Fatima was lacking confidence but now she works with groups of young people and families to get them active and having fun. She regularly leads football sessions in the community and is a key voice on the Brent steering group."

The Local People programme aims to engage and empower neighbourhoods to genuinely design and lead activity-based interventions that make their area even better places to grow, live and work.

The five Local People projects supported by the Youth Sport Trust also receive guidance from athlete mentors including Team GB sprinter Jeanette Kwakye. Jeanette has been working with people in Brent to provide advice and teach vital life skills using the power of sport.

Fatima Hussein, a former Capital City College student and part of the Local People Programme, said:

Without this project and the support of the people involved, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to speak aloud. Nowadays, my whole neighbourhood knows me because I’m out and about and supporting young people to get active.

It’s not hard to change someone’s life, it’s not hard to learn some new skills and show other people how it’s done. I am so thankful to the Local People Programme for changing my life.

Chris Ellis, Development Manager for the Youth Sport Trust, said: “Having local people leading the project is a real advantage because they have links and they have knowledge that we just don’t have. They know the issues that their community is going through and they have the solutions to resolve them.”

You can vote for the video in the Charity Film Awards here. Voting is open until midnight on 14 December 2018.

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