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Sportivate is a programme seeking to engage inactive 11-25 year olds in sports and physical activity courses which last between 6 and 8 weeks. Participants should be supported in continuing their involvement in the activity on completion of the course. 

The funding allocations from Sport England are lower than in previous years, yet our targets for engagement, completion and retention are more challenging than ever. There is particular emphasis for  2017/2018 on engaging sedentary young people (those doing less than 30 mins of structured physical activity per week). Obviously these are pressures that we need to pass on to our delivery partners.


A highlight of the Sportivate programme locally has been ‘ASBOx’ – a project delivered through Redcar Boxing Club. The programme secured the North East Region Sportivate Award. A presentation was made to the programme by Sport England on 3 October 2016. A short film was commissioned to capture the essence of the programme and it clearly demonstrates the power of sport to change lives.  Please click here to view the film.

Knockout Sister

A Stockton based boxing project claimed sKnockout Sisterilver in the 2015 Sportivate Project of the Year category.  The project ‘Knockout Sister’ offers an introduction to boxing for young black, Asian and minority ethnic women, particularly those from the South Asian community.  The Sportivate project was run by the Ethnic Minorities Training and Education project (EMTEP) in collaboration with the Natural Progression Boxing Academy based in Stockton.  Minister for Sport and Tourism, Tracey Crouch MP, who presented the award with England Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE, said: "Knockout Sister has shown incredible commitment to sport. I am thrilled that EMTEP has been recognised for its brilliant achievements." 

Accepting the award, Head of Projects and Initiatives from EMTEP, Saeed Iqbal said, “We are delighted to work with Tees Valley Sport and Natural Progression Boxing Club in delivering this Sportivate programme. The Knockout Sister project has been a huge success, and proves that there is an appetite among young women to try new sports, if offered in the right way. Following on from this success, we will be working closely with Natural Progression Boxing Club and England Boxing to continue to raise the profile of boxing within the BAME community”.

Redcar Hockey Club

Redcar HockeyAn Olympic and Paralympic legacy project in Redcar & Cleveland was honoured as the best in North East in 2014 after inspiring a number of young people to get into sport.  Redcar Hockey Club has got more young people playing Hockey in the heart of the community. In the past the club had struggled to maintain a regular junior team. By using National Lottery funding to deliver some outreach work in the community and to provide more coaching sessions, the junior section has expanded and is now thriving.  It’s part of Sport England’s Sportivate programme, which aims to give young people aged 11-25-year-olds who weren’t playing sport previously, the opportunity to discover a new sport by giving them six-eight weeks of coaching. Once the coaching sessions have been completed, the young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can continue to take part in sport.

Lead coach on the Sportivate project, Mike Sawyer, said; “The Sportivate project has massively helped to expand our player, coach, and team base, and enabled us to become the ‘all inclusive’ club we wanted to be. The club has grown from just a men’s club with 2 teams, to a mixed club, with a completely new ladies team, and 2 junior teams now regularly playing competitive hockey. We now have members who also solely attend practice for the fitness, and fun of the sport. Our membership has increased from around 25 to over 70, through delivering the Sportivate Project. Winning the award is a huge achievement for the Club”.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact Louise Morris on 01642 342287 or email