Spirit of 2012 has offered a new grant that will see the exciting Inclusive Futures initiative delivered for an additional year from September 2015 to September 2016.
Inclusive Futures, which is funded by Spirit of 2012 and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a national leadership and volunteering initiative for young people, with special emphasis on inclusion which launched in September 2013.
It features young people aged 14-19, with and without disabilities, volunteering alongside each other to support and deliver physical activities in schools and communities across eight UK cities. The young volunteers influence and increase the capacity of local providers to deliver fully inclusive sport and physical activity opportunities that benefit and engage all young people in their communities.
Since launching, Inclusive Futures has recruited 1,000 young volunteers across eight host cities and reached an additional 6,000 participants through the programme's delivery of major and regional sporting events.
The programme has had a huge impact on participants with 84% of volunteers reporting increased happiness as a result of attending the Inclusive Futures National Camp and over 70% saying they 'strongly agreed' that they were more likely to participate in volunteering in the future. The impact of the programme can be viewed in the new Inclusive Futures film which has just been launched.
With the additional funding for a further 12 months confirmed, Inclusive Futures will look to recruit and support a workforce of 1,420 volunteers while there will also be a specific focus on sustaining the legacy of the programme through local and national policy changes around inclusive practice. In addition, Leicester will join the programme to make a total of nine host cities.
Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: "We are delighted that Spirit of 2012 has confirmed their support and funding for Inclusive Futures for a further 12 months.
Inclusive Futures challenges perceptions of disability, increases participation of young people in sport and encourages more inclusive provision for disabled people. Inclusive Futures has proved a huge success nationwide and through this 12 month extension, it will continue to make a significant impact on even more young volunteers across the UK. The Youth Sport Trust is proud to deliver this programme with the support of our partners in each of the host cities and of course Spirit of 2012."
Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive Debbie Lye said: "Inclusive Future represents so much of what Spirit hopes to achieve through its investment: empowering disabled and non disabled people to participate on equal terms. It has had brilliant success across the country, making a real difference to communities. Spirit's Board decided to extent the grant so they could reach more people and continue changing lives through sport."