The Access to Sports Project

The Access to Sports Project is a registered charity, with a 17-year track-record of delivering programmes designed to increase participation in a wide variety of sports and physical activities.

Their work is targeted across the boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Haringey while originally formed as the sports project for the Finsbury Park Single Regeneration Budget area in 2002. Since that time it has grown in scope and capacity. 

Over the course of the year they work with over 10,000 young people from the ages of 5 to 25 years across their programmes, training and events. On a regular basis working with 200 young people during an average term time week with higher levels of participation during school holidays and work in close partnership with community and national organisations, statutory partners and local authorities.

The Access to Sports Project’s vision is to increase and sustain lifelong participation in sports and recreation and to promote continuous improvements in the delivery of sporting opportunities/facilities and services to local communities, particularly the most disadvantaged communities. With their approach they combat and overcome challenges/barriers to participation (inclusive of cost, territorial issues, crime and fear of crime as well as lack of awareness).

The Access to Sports Project offers…

  • A range of accessible and affordable sports activities for young people in local venues, notably housing estates, parks and other open spaces
  • Accredited training for local people enabling them to gain qualifications as sports coaches/leaders
  • Providing support and assistance to local sports organisations and voluntary groups interested in sports (sports groups or community/voluntary organisations)