Coca-Cola Great Britain has extended its six-year partnership with doorstep sports charity StreetGames in a move which will bring thousands more opportunities for people to access grassroots sports and activities across the UK.
The new partnership will see StreetGames and
Local projects that ParkLives will now reach through the StreetGames partnership include:
- Sporting Futures - a small charity based across Derbyshire which improves the lives of young people through engagement in sports participation, volunteering, health initiatives and education, training and employment
- Youth Almighty Youth Project – operating in Sunderland, the project is supported by youth workers and volunteers to deliver a variety of sessions for young people, including regular outdoor activities, residential weekends and one-to-one support
- Denis Law Legacy Trust – based in Aberdeen, the Trust works with partners like StreetGames to encourage young people to take part in and enjoy sports, whatever their background
Coca-Cola Great Britain and StreetGames have worked together since October 2010, helping bring sport to the doorsteps of more than 165,000 young people. Through the award-winning1 partnership,
This includes creating work experience opportunities for 45 young people at the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and investing in StreetGames’ Neighbourhood Festivals and other mass participation events. The largescale events have attracted over 60,000 young people from disadvantaged communities across the UK to take part in StreetGames.
The Company also helped to set up the StreetGames Training Academy, which has provided qualifications to 11,000 young people and developed over 33 different courses over the last three years, including the Level 2 multi-sport qualification aimed at producing the next generation of community sports coaches.
Liz Lowe, Sustainability Manager,
“The charity works for social good in the communities that need it most, and the StreetGames network will be vital in extending the ParkLives programme to reach thousands more people nationwide.”
Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive of StreetGames, said: “Through our partnership with
“Our approach has always been about taking sport and physical activity right to the doorsteps of young people in disadvantaged communities. Local parks provide the perfect place to get young people together - not only is the activity free but it’s in a familiar environment.
“We are looking forward to continuing to work together through ParkLives to have a positive impact on disadvantaged neighbourhoods and motivate more young people to live active lifestyles.”
Launched in 2014 and delivered in partnership with local authorities, ParkLives offers hundreds of free and fun activity sessions in local parks, from Tai Chi and paddle boarding, to roller skating and Zumba. The programme encourages people of all ages and abilities to get outdoors, make the most of their local park, meet new people and enjoy new experiences. ParkLives currently runs in 10 core towns and cities including Birmingham, Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Newham (London), Swansea, Southampton and Stoke-on-Trent.
Established in 2005, StreetGames helps to make sport more widely available for young people living in disadvantaged communities throughout the UK. The benefits of this ‘doorstep sports’ approach include providing a wide range of sports and activities in the right style, at the right time. StreetGames aims to bring sport directly to young people with appropriately qualified coaches, so that they can access a vibrant and varied sporting offering, while developing their confidence and capabilities through volunteering and leadership opportunities.
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Notes to editors:
ParkLives, created by
Delivered in partnership with local authorities and StreetGames, ParkLives encourages people to get outdoors, make the most of their local parks, meet new people and enjoy new experiences – all while inspiring people to take advantage of the mood-boosting benefits of being in green space.
Running on a daily basis throughout the spring and summer months, ParkLives’ roster of free activities will evolve with local demand to meet the needs of the local communities the programme serves. Bringing together the regional insight and expertise of local authorities with the communications expertise and funding from
ParkLives is running in 10 cities and towns in 2016, including:
- London Borough of Newham
For more information visit: www.parklives.com
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