Living Sport is exploring new Satellite Clubs that will be an extension to the ‘Dragon’Den’ pilot currently being delivered through our Satellite Club programme, targeting young people aged 14-19 based in the 20% most deprived areas of the County. 

Dragon’s Den has been testing a model to allow young people (in Years 9, 10 and 11) to design their own activity sessions in two secondary schoolsCity of Peterborough Academy and Neale Wade Academy

Living Sport have worked in conjunction with CHUMS (children’s mental health charity), and CEDAR (MRC Epidemiology Research Unit at Cambridge University) to develop and evaluate the pilot. This has enabled us to target schools accessing mental health provision for their students through the CHUMS service, thus ensuring that supporting mental health of young people is at the forefront of the targeted provision.

The project allows groups of young people to develop a physical activity club targeting inactive students to host at their school between January-July 2020. The process requires the young people to attend an initial workshop to educate them on project planning and creating a persuasive presentation. Following the workshop students will pitch their idea to a panel of professionals who will judge their Satellite Club plan.

The most impressive, feasible, and inclusive projects will be awarded funding to deliver the Satellite Club in their school setting.   

The project aims to enable young people to achieve the following:

  • Gain experience of group working, in both a facilitated and autonomous environment (similar to University settings)
  • Experience of presenting/pitching to an audience
  • Project planning experience e.g. budgeting, planning for contingencies, creating a marketing plan etc.
  • Opportunity to meet organisations working in a variety of fields (Living Sport, CHUMS, CEDAR)
  • Opportunity to develop self confidence, and to have ownership over an extra curricular programme
  • Chance to get peers more physically active and reap the rewards themselves

As Dragon’s Den is being extensively evaluated through CEDAR’s team via validated research methods, this will allow us to learn both the challenges and successes of this approach in order to roll this out to more establishments. In addition, this will allow us to provide an even higher quality programme for young people to gain transferable employability skills, as well as engage more young people to become active.  

The additional investment will aim to expand on the Dragon’s Den approach, targeting FE Colleges and Secondary Schools located in areas most in need, and those accessing mental health services. Living Sport will continue to work with CHUMS and CEDAR, whilst also encouraging additional partners to support developing new Satellite Clubs. Schools and Colleges will be offered the Dragon’s Den project to develop new Satellite Clubs within their education settings between March-April 2020 (to ensure that learnings from the current pilot have been adopted). In addition, there will be an added element to the workshops which will ensure that the young people incorporate the principles of physical literacy into their project plan.

Targeted schools and colleges will be given the following criteria to recruit underrepresented young people to host a Dragon’s Den pitch group: 

  • Disabled young people (including those with a mental health condition) 
  • LGBT+ young people 
  • Females
  • BAME young people
  • Those most at risk of dropping out of education 

This offer will be provided to establishments located in the most deprived areas of the County (through our Children and Young People insight) to develop a total of 8 new Satellite Clubs, with the aim to engage 150 new participants.