A huge thank you to our funders firstly the Community Recovery Fund via The Scottish Government and also to The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) whose funding has enabled CMS to adapt to changing circumstances and increase out capacity to reach communities hardest hit by Covid.
Coach My Sport will be starting an exciting new concept in the Forth Valley by bringing sport to the people especially in areas of deprivation who don't have access to facilities and where logistically they cannot reach facilities .
Underpinning the right to be active is ensuring that all children and young people are provided with the environment, encouragement and support to try new activities and learn new skills. In order to address the challenge Scotland faces with the level of inactivity, a step change is needed and that children and young people must be the priority.
Rather than focusing on programmes, facilities or activities a more individual centred approach should be taken to ensure that a positive pathway is developed which supports and encourages a lifelong habit of being active. This is far easier to achieve if in the early years (from pre through to post school) being active is the norm rather than the exception.
It is therefore essential that everyone has the opportunity to develop the necessary core skills (such as to being able to throw, catch, run, jump and swim) as without these it can become more difficult in later life to be active and participate in sport or physical activity.
Worryingly, there is a 19 percentage point difference in sports participation between those living in the lowest and those who live in the highest income band household. With the ON THE ROAD concept we hope to readdress this statistic.
CMS will provide coaching in the most deprived communities, not only because this is in line with a good-cause ethos, but also because sports participation is lower in these communities and there is a greater sporting need.
The coaches who will help deliver the sessions will have training through the CMS Leadership Academy as part of their practical learning.
The sports we will be focusing on are football, rugby, cricket, handball, baseball, tennis, floorball, VX, and dodgeball.
WHAT IS CMS 'ON THE ROAD'
CMS On the Road is a diversionary tactics initiative based at Stirling, Scotland. Our goal is to reduce the number of instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour by promoting health and well being through sport, physical activity and creative endeavour.
We will take sport to the Community, work with community groups, extend the project to education and health issues, basic nutritional needs and being active.
HOW DO WE HELP YOUNG PEOPLE?
Engage young people in sporting and educational activities.
Uncover hidden talents
Improve health & well being (nutritional advise, work with supermarkets)
Raise their awareness of their local community & how they can contribute to it. (become role models)
Develop team working and communication skills
Respect themselves and others
Help youths take responsibility and leadership roles (become coaches)
Improve motivation and self confidence
Deliver nationally recognised qualifications to youths (sports leader awards, youth achievement awards, though NGO’s coaching, UK sport awards, Saltire Awards)
Offer pathways into local sports clubs or other recreational activities (players and coaches)
Offer the opportunity for peer education programmes and employment opportunities. (work with Colleges and Stirling University)
Work on issue based topics (alcohol, drugs, racism, bullying etc)
The cost to the UK economy resulting from offending by young people is estimated between £8 and £11 billion per year. It’s no surprise then that reducing antisocial behaviour is not only topical but of extreme importance to local authorities looking to save money and rebuild communities.
Youth crime and antisocial behaviour are complex social issues but the benefits that sport has in reducing these issues is well documented. Across the UK, Councils are working with partners to run social inclusion projects to help engage with young people and sport plays an important part of that strategy.
CMS ‘On the Road’ aim to promote social inclusion and community cohesion, reduce crime and disorder levels such as vandalism, drug abuse, hate crime and alcohol related problems. The diversionary activities are also intended to improve health and well-being and promote positive engagement between young people, the police and local authorities (councils, youth inclusion projects, fire department etc) and local community groups and businesses who fund and support these projects.
The activities we will deliver will help raise the youth’s self-esteem and also improve personal discipline and respect to others. It will also give them an opportunity to gain citizenship skills. During our sessions, our projects will help to reduce the likelihood of individuals engaging in criminal activity and improve community involvement as positive role models
CMS ‘On the Road’ will be using a mobile sports arena that is transported in a box trailer (or van) and can be erected in as little as thirty minutes to produce a safe environment in which to play a whole variety of sports. This type of intervention is helping projects reduce anti-social behaviour by as much as 60%.
Here are four reasons why we think every social inclusion project looking to reduce anti-social behaviour should have one:-
1. Something to do
According to the Sport and Recreation Alliance, seven in ten teenagers believe antisocial behaviour occurs because young people are bored, and six in ten say that there isn’t enough for young people to do in their area.
The mobile sports arena makes a high visual impact thanks to a ‘cage’ like appearance making it interesting and exciting to young people.
The portability of the mobile sports arena only adds to the appeal and allows project leaders to take sport right into the areas where it is needed.
By providing a fun and safe environment in which to play sport, the mobile sports arena creates the perfect diversion from undertaking criminal and anti social behaviour.
By including life skills workshops (through CMS Academy) alongside sport and recreation programmes other risk factors can be addressed such as alcoholism, substance abuse, knife crime, health and wellbeing and employment – all topical issues being successfully dealt with as part of projects. CMS will launch their TEAM TALK programme in 2021 to coincide with the launch of 'ON THE ROAD'
The key here is to get young people together in the same place so that workshops can be run effectively. It’s unlikely youths will gather or travel any distance for a workshop alone but the range of sport and recreational activities available through the project means there is always something to appeal to any individual.
The wide variety of sports combined with it’s physical attraction will produce a captive audience.
With these workshops, we will be looking for National Governing Organisations (e.g. Scottish Handball, Cricket Scotland, SFA, SRU etc) to run these workshops alongside our delivery.
The workshops would also be on nutrition and here we would be looking at local health clinics to assist with delivery and also provide food/refreshments for the kids attending. With this aspect, we would look at supermarkets close to the community to participate. ( e.g. ASDA, Tesco, Co-op, LIDL or Aldis). We will start a FIT AND FED programme which will be supported by supermarkets given those most at risk
3. Social inclusion
This is often considered one of the key benefits of any community based projects. Sport and recreation can break down barriers between groups of people in a local area who might not otherwise engage. This is particularly effective since the rules that govern sport are not based on faith or beliefs, therefore removing ethnicity and religion as barriers.
That said, traditional youth Centres and sports facilities are often located in areas to cater for specific communities and can exclude minority groups. With the mobile sports arena projects can travel into the heart of a community, targeting those areas most in need, without the additional cost of setting up facilities across the region.
It comes as no surprise that traditional facilities like Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA) and Youth Centres are expensive, often costing well into the hundreds of thousands. Add to this the complications of raising funds, planning permissions, budgets, staffing and maintenance and it’s easy to see how a good idea can turn into a headache.
A mobile sports arena costs a fraction of the price of a typical MUGA – costing between £15,000 to £25,000 depending on size and specification. There’s no planning permissions to consider and the product is virtually maintenance free.
There are 24 panels on the portable Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) which offers an opportunity to sell advertising space to organisations and businesses which can help part fund the project year in and year out.