Sport 4 Life UK is the charity that changes the lives of Birmingham's most disadvantaged children and young people through the power of sport. Founded in 2006 as a small community project in the ward of Ladywood, over the past 6 years we have developed into the leading youth and sports charity in the city.
Sport 4 Life UK's work has been acknowledged with the following prestigious awards and recognition:
- Safer Birmingham Partnership - Inspiring Young People 2010
- Sport Unlimited - Most Innovative Project 2011
- Birmingham Sports Awards - Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Birmingham 2012
- London Olympics 2012 - Inspired Mark and Olympic Flame Torch-Bearer
Sport 4 Life Ambassadors are distinguished individuals who share our passion and believe in the value of our charitable work.
A former member of the British Army's Parachute Regiment, Paddy Doyle is now one of the world's most prolific record holders. He has been named as "The World Fitness Endurance Champion" by the Guiness Book of World Record, and has achieved a career total of 260 world records in various sporting disciplines including martial arts, boxing and endurance fitness. He currently holds 160 records and titles, and just a few of his current and past records include the most one arm push-ups in our hour, the most competitive full contact rounds in boxing and other martial arts, and the fastest Special Forces 60km speed march carrying a 55lb back pack. For more details on Paddy's inspirational life, click here, or check out his impressive list of records here.
"Sport 4 Life has done a remarkable job in getting young people active in outdoor and indoor sports. James Forrest and his team have worked hard to push sports within the Birmingham area, and from this hard work young people have benefited greatly by increasing their confidence, improving team work, and giving them a goal, and most of all young people have learnt from Sport 4 Life how to live healthy and positive lives in today’s society."
Bryan Steel is a former professional cyclist, who competed in four Olympic Games and won silver and bronze medals in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 respectively. He competed in 14 cycling World Championships and was a medallist 5 times, and won 2 silver medals at Commonwealth Games at Victoria 1994 and Manchester 2002. Bryan now works as a motivational speaker and facilitator for education, sport and business, using his journey from scrawny, negative schoolboy to world-class athlete to motivate others. With 17 years experience in the GB cycling team, Bryan also has inspirational insight into the ground-breaking coaching principles used by the team to achieve medal-winning success. For more details on Bryan and his work click here.
"It’s a massive honour to be an ambassador for Sport 4 Life. I am very passionate about young people finding their talent and having the skills to achieve their own success. Through the power of sport Sport 4 Life have changed young people’s lives for the better and supported them to achieve their own pathway success"
Will Clarke is a professional triathlete. His career successes include winning the World and European U23 championship in 2006, and being crowned British National Champion in both 2008 and 2009. He represented Team GB at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and finished 14th, and won the gold medal at the ITU World Triathlon mixed relay event at Stockholm in 2012. Will travels all over the world to compete in triathlon competitions, and undertakes a gruelling training regime in his everyday life. His sporting career began at Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club, and then progressed significantly during his teens and early adulthood, especially during his time with the national squad at the University of Loughborough. For more details on Will’s sporting life click here.
“I am really excited to be an ambassador of Sport 4 Life. I have benefitted so much from my involvement in sport, and sport has taught many lessons in life. It is great, therefore, to support the work of a charity that brings these benefits to children and young people from underprivileged backgrounds. Sport can change lives, and it is really impressive to see the way Sport 4 Life is using sport as a tool to help youngsters to improve their confidence, get fit and healthy, transform their behaviour, gain qualifications, and ultimately to reach their true potential for the future.”
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Sport 4 Life is managed by a Board of Trustees. The Board has 10 Trustees, all of whom are highly skilled professionals with a range of complementary backgrounds and areas of expertise including youth work, education, sports coaching, charity management, and finance. The current Board members are Dr Mike Forrest, Dr Paul Turner, Karen Hill, Alison Nicholas MBE, Chris Poole, Hitesh Patel, Darren Kenny, Sunil Vyakaranam, Novlette Balela OBE, and Thomas Martin.
STAFF TEAM AND VOLUNTEERS
Sport 4 Life has a small team of 8 employees, including James Forrest (Manager), Tom Clarke-Forrest (Manager), Matthew Forsyth (Project Manager), David Johnson (Sports Coordiantor), Justin Nixon (Education Coordinator), Jon Wilson (Project Coordinator), Irene Aytoun (Families Fitness Instructor) and Saad Mohammed (Project Coordinator – Smoothie Bike Hire). All of our staff are committed to the vision of Sport 4 Life and work passionately to change lives through the power of sport. A larger group of approximately 20 volunteers also support the organisation through a variety of roles.