European Social Fund


European Social Fund


SportWorks have secured funding through the European Social Funding Agency to deliver skills and education courses. The courses are aimed at 15-24-year olds who are currently not in education, employment, or training (or at risk of becoming NEET). The ESFA aims to improve employment opportunities across the EU, raise living standards and assist people to get better skills and improve their job prospects.

SportWorks have developed a range of courses to support individual learners reach their potential, we focus initially on employability and key skills as the foundation for everything we do. Using sport to engage learners, SportWorks helps participants to understand their own needs. We cover modules such as literacy, numeracy, IT, personal development, and career advice. Each module will incorporate sport to support the interests of our learners and each learning objective can be tailored to these interests.

Our bespoke curriculum means we have the ability to cater for all young people in a caring environment. Our main goal is to equip young people with the skills they need to be confident in their work and prepare young people for life after their time with SportWorks.

Key Outcomes

  • Develop key skills in every individual such as confidence, communication, and resilience.
  • Develop employability skills in every individual such as literacy, numeracy, and IT skills.
  • Provide a safe learning environment.
  • Aim for all learners to enrol onto an identified progression route.
  • Learners understand the benefits of an active lifestyle.
  • Differentiated learning to allow learners to realise their goals.


As part of the SportWorks ESF programme we aim to secure a progression route for every learner that we work with. There are four main progression routes we aim for…

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Apprenticeship
  • Traineeship

SportWorks also offer a progression route for young people enrolled on our ESF courses through our Sport Leaders Awards.

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SportWorks, like many companies has adapted how we operate over the course of 2020. We have adapted to the current circumstances, offering online support for all learners as well as still being able to offer face to face support. We have developed extensive COVID-19 guidelines and risk assessments in line with the government advice. This has provided us with the opportunity to start offering support to 40 learners over term 1 of the 2020/21 academic year.


SportWorks engaged with 63 learners over the course of the academic year on the ESF course. The progression of each learner was in jeopardy due to COIVD-19. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the SportWorks staff, we were able to secure a progression route for over 95% of these learners in the middle of a pandemic.

Supporting statements

  • “SportWorks staff had a calm and confident manner with the students.”
  • “SportWorks incorporated numeracy into the sports sessions well and made it fun and accessible for the group.”
  • “Students engaged well with SportWorks staff from the start even though we had some complex students and challenging group dynamics.”

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