VULNERABLE young people in Havant will benefit from a £100,000 investment.
The Sport England cash will go towards 5 Star Active – a programme that will see 1,000 14 to 25 year olds develop their skills through sport with the help of charity Big World Impact.
The project will aim to build positive relationships with young people, encouraging personal and social development and employability,Julian Wadsworth
It is targeted at young people who have significant risks in their lives, such as exposure to crime and poor achievement at school, and who suffer low confidence and low self-esteem.
The aim is to create a new generation of community leaders and support them to access employment opportunities through sport over the next two years.
Julian Wadsworth, Big World Impact’s community engagement manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Sport England and 5 Star Active to increase the delivery of high-quality sporting activities to young people within the communities of Leigh Park and Hayling Island.
‘The project aims to build positive relationships with young people, encouraging personal and social development and employability, while supporting local and national priorities.’
Although the focus will be on Leigh Park in the first year, Hayling youngsters will be involved in the second year.
It is part of £500,000 of investment by Sport England and delivered by Active Communities Networks across the country.
Mike Diaper from Sport England, said: ‘It’s great to be working with innovative projects like 5 Star Active which offer people the chance to get active in a way that suits them best.
‘Given the overwhelming benefits of being active, it’s important that age, gender, or income never prevent anyone from taking part.’
Gary Stannett, chief executive of Active Communities Network, said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to announce this funding, which will drive participation within some of Havant’s most deprived communities.’