Who we are

Our Purpose

At Pitch 2 Progress, we use sports as a vehicle to engage young people and adults from inner city Birmingham through targeted training, workshops, centre based youth club activities, and mentoring. We believe recreational and structured sports can become the foundation for equipping young adults with the key life skills they need to stay healthy, secure better jobs, and make a positive contribution to the communities they live in, all the while progressing towards positive and healthy futures for themselves.

We believe sports can become the foundation for equipping young adults with the key life skills they need to make a positive contribution to the communities they live in

Aims

We work with young adults primarily between the ages of 8 and 25 who live in areas of high deprivation. Using sports as a regular engagement tool to create structure and routine. For those who may have chaotic and complex family lives, this can be a lifeline. Our mentoring, advice and signposting to local services are all designed to safeguard and support our young adults – especially those most at risk of deprivation, isolation, and crime.

Our aim is to improve young people’s health and wellbeing through sport by building confidence and resilience. As a result, we can create more cohesive communities together.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally
  • Developing cooperation and social mixing skills
  • Developing teamwork and leadership skills
  • Improving self-worth and confidence
  • Learning about responsibility and reliability

Our People

The success of our work is down to the quality of our team and, and the strength of the relationships we have with our local community, which is our own. That’s why we understand the community’s needs and challenges so well and see its potential and opportunity where no one else can.

Pitch 2 Progress was created in March 2020. Originally born out of our sports team Saltley Stallions in 2011, many of the then young people were so inspired by the programme that they’ve decided to come back and support us in various volunteer and paid roles. We have a strong 40 person work force ranging from Youth Workers to Coaches and Ambassadors.

Our Team

Youth Workers

  • Fareed Obadi
  • Yasmin Rahman
  • Imanul Hoque
  • Zarah Farooque
  • Haroon Hussain
  • Aamir Ahmed
  • Qaisar Afzal
  • Maryam Bibi
  • Aneesah Hussain
  • Syed Taher
  • Abdul Qayyum

Sports Coaches

  • Aly Fofanah
  • Demboh Konteh
  • Toklis Ahmed
  • Idlan Zakaria
  • Abdul Hassan
  • Syed Rezwan Ali

SYED ALI
Programmes Manager,
Director Finance,
Strategy & Operational Oversight

OBAYED HUSSAIN
Director Governance, Sustainability & Operational Oversight

HAROON HUSSAIN
Youth Engagement Officer, Policies & Operational Oversight