Programmes and projects
We partnered with Sports England on their infamous ‘This Girl Can’ campaign inspiring women across the country to get active. The P2P team via Saltley Stallions women’s FC built relationships with women and girls in the local areas to offer positive destinations in sport, volunteering and sporting qualifications, continuing their engagement and contribution to sport in the local community.
Research shows that there’s a lack of opportunities available for women and girls from marginalised communities. EmpowHer aims to inspire women and girls to actively engage and take part in social action campaigns and physical activities, to develop themselves into future leaders.
SWFC Empowerment Events and Workshops
Through our affiliation with SWFC, we’ve been able to consistently promote the message that ethnic minority communities can and should participate in sport. Our ongoing messaging around creating positive role models in the community has had significant success. For example, our first female, hijab-wearing coach, Yasmin Rahman (21), featured as the face of our team advert with Dettol.
SWFC Empowerment Events and Workshops
Pitch 2 Progress, in partnership with SWFC, delivers an annual ‘Empower Her’ event. The event provides an opportunity for South Asian and Muslim women from Birmingham to learn about and discuss the career challenges and obstacles facing minority ethnic women. In doing so, participants can speak candidly about their life experiences, their motivations and passions, and the obstacles they’ve overcome to achieve them. Each event is regarded as a clear example of how the club helps to raise aspirations of women and girls in the local area. In 2019, the event was hosted at Aston Villa, and 2021’s event was hosted at our home site, Greenlane Playing Fields.
Girls Leadership Course
The aim of the Girls Leadership Course is to teach girls between the ages of 13-18, how to be leaders across various settings amongst their peers and at work. It offers the opportunity to display leadership skills through planning and delivering sessions, including social and sporting events. The aim is to continue to support our Youth Ambassadors in becoming Peer Mentors and take on casual delivery roles within our organisation.
Play 2 Progress
Play 2 Progress
Sports and Recreational Activities.
Play2Progress is our exit pathway into structured, semi-professional sports. It offers a number of recreational sporting activities that link into our partner organisation SSFC, who compete semi-professionally in the West Midlands Regional League.
Activities include Girls’ Kicks, Sunday Soccer School, Women’s Football, Sunday Football, and 8-16 Mixed Youth Academy.
We have recently partnered up with Table Tennis England and offer recreational and structured table tennis sessions under the branding of PING.
Social Action and Raising Awareness in Our Community.
Pitching In is designed with the minds and hearts of young people at its forefront, ensuring young people have a voice in what’s going on in their community and the world at large. Through this initiative, young people are provided with opportunities to get involved in social action projects that make a positive impact in their community, such as community clean-ups, sports tournaments, and refurbishing community spaces.
In August 2021, we successfully completed phase 1 of the GLPFD Development Plan. We now have a Youth Hub and Gym in full operation, a space made of repurposed shipping containers. Warm and inviting, the development has allowed us to extend our youth work in delivering indoor youth activities, such as table tennis, games, and mentoring workshops in a safe and secure setting. Activities include Summer and Winter Holiday Camp, After School Youth Club, and the FA Women’s Coaching Sessions.
Creating Space for Youth Activities.
Pathways was designed to provide open access youth club sessions for young people who can just come along and be themselves. This includes Girls’ After School Club, Boys’ After School Club, Girls’ Breakfast Club, Boys’ Breakfast Club, Weekend Socials, and Bring It on Brum! Holiday Activities.
By attending open access youth club sessions, our youth workers can also build relationships with participants to better understand their challenges and needs. In return, they inform us on how best to shape our programmes and activities.
Education, Training and Skills.
Step Up is designed to support young people aged 13 and above in developing their professional skills. Through our StepUp programme, participants are provided with opportunities to gain experience in work areas and professions they want to gain entry into.
Across each mentoring activity, young people have dedicated time and resources offered to them by skilled professionals from that field. They gain knowledge, practical skills, and on-the-job support. This enables them to be better equipped in securing roles within fields they’re passionate about but perhaps less visible in.
Sports Leaders Programme
We’re committed to diversifying participation across many sports by spearheading equality, diversity and inclusion. We recognise that the South Asian community is under-represented across many sports and have been actively working to address this through our ‘Sports Leaders’ volunteer programme. We support participants in gaining qualifications, which enhances their chances of accessing the industry professionally as players, coaches, or officials. In 2021, we officially launched our South Asians In Sports project where we collaborated with Birmingham and the National FA to support our female volunteers in developing their coaching skills and progressing onto UEFA C and UEFA B Coaching Qualifications.
Case Study: South Asians Females In Sport Journey to Coaching
Youth Ambassador Programme (YAP)
We place young people at the heart of what we do. That’s why we believe our activities and operations should be co-designed by the participants themselves. The Youth Ambassadors Programme is our way of supporting the 16-24-year olds from across our organisation. To develop and increase leadership skills, promote peer-to-peer engagement, and provide experience in managing small-scale projects and programmes, participants engage in a series of in-person mentoring and workshops delivered by senior youth workers. Subthemes include social inclusion, community engagement, sports and recreational activity.
The programme is recognised by the following awarding bodies:
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- UK Youth Achievement Award
- Sports Leader Programme
- Street Games
Youth Ambassador Case Study: Assia similar to Maryam Oudeh graduated through the UK Youth leadership course and is now a delivery staff member on our girls group sessions which take place twice a week. We love to offer diversionary activities but strongly feel there is a need of positive destinations such in the case of Assia.