A new initiative has been launched to help young people aged 16-25 – normally without access to sport – get into more physical activity.

B-Active

The brilliant Active Communities Network have joined forces with Lucozade Ribena Suntory to create B Active, a programme of youth-led activities which will run five days a week for 50 weeks of the year.

We passionately believe everybody should have the opportunity to take part in sporting activity, but the sad fact remains that some communities across the UK are not afforded the same opportunities as others.

The B Active programme is designed to encourage and engage young people aged 16-25 into sport and physical activity from communities where the provision of sport is often simply not there. B Active will run throughout the year in 5 different locations across the UK – London, Manchester, Belfast, Hull and Newport – and will support groups of young people to not only engage in activities but to improve their lifestyles, wellbeing and future prospects… using the power of sport to positively impact lives.

Empowering young people through sport

The young people will be supported by volunteers and sports coaches to deliver the session, while the programme will also offer volunteers an opportunity to gain qualifications in things such as enterprise, diversity and inclusion and developing community activities for youth at risk.

Outcomes for participants of the programmes are:

  • More positive lifestyle leading to better physical health
  • More positive lifestyle leading to better wellbeing and levels of self-efficacy
  • Increased and sustained levels of participation in sport and physical activity
  • Broaden horizons and greater aspirations to achieve
  • Improve skills and knowledge applied through volunteering and social action

Ellie O’Brien who attended the launch said:

I like the boxing workouts because we come here to train but we always have a laugh and there is a real family atmosphere. The programme keeps you disciplined and if I wasn’t coming to these sessions I would probably be hanging around on the streets so it’s good that we are given a purpose. Ellie O’Brien

To find out where your nearest session is, click this link, select an area and find out what’s going on.

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