Young people in Whittlesey have been given the opportunity to design and create their very own sports projects in the town including Glow Sports sessions and a skateboarding event.

Living Sport worked with Phoenix Youth Provision to facilitate Dragons’ Den workshops for young people aged 11-16 In the Whittlesey area. The workshops provide young people with the training and skills to research, design and plan ideas for new sports and physical activity provision in the area. The groups are then required to pitch their ideas to a panel made up of local community contacts, Phoenix Youth Provision and Living Sport. The successful pitches gain investment of up to £1000 from Living Sport’s Inclusive Futures fund to turn the ideas in to a reality.  

Following successful workshops held in February and March new projects funded for Whittlesey include a youth led Skate Park event scheduled for the Summer, and new Glow Sports sessions to be held during youth club evenings.

Di Coulson, Youth Worker for Phoenix Youth Provision, said “The young people felt empowered after their Dragons’ Den workshop with Living Sport.  This led to them consulting with 75 peers to find out what alternative sporting activities would be well received for the town.  They worked extremely hard on their presentations for their Glow Sports and Skate Park Event pitches developing new skills and sharing ideas.  We witnessed their confidence growing through the process and are very proud of their achievements. Thank You Living Sport for giving the young people a voice and supporting their ideas”.


Sally Gibson, Sports Delivery Programme Lead for Living Sport, said: “We are very pleased to support the young people from Whittlesey in designing local sports provision, and look forward to working with Phoenix Youth Provision to turn the ideas into reality.

Living Sport aims to provide positive physical activity experiences to allow young people to unlock their potential and improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing. The youth-led Dragons’ Den model allows young people to have a say in shaping sport and physical activity, ensuring opportunities are more relevant and more fun.”

If you’d like to find out more about Living Sport’s children and young people work and our approach to project delivery, please contact Sally Gibson, Sports Delivery Programme Lead.

About Phoenix Youth Provision
Phoenix Youth Provision, established in 2021, is working with young people from 11-16 years to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, helping them to find their voice and reach their full potential.

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