Our ground breaking EHOOPS program, designed in partnership with our founding university partner Ulster University, brings hope to young people in local communities across Northern Ireland.

What is eHoops?

We at Sport Changes Life recognise to build for our future we must with with our young people today. These young people know more about conflict than friendship and have few or no role models in their lives to help them find inspiration in their world.

Through EHOOPS, supported by a number of funding bodies, we use a healthy mix of sport with alternative education, to give our young people a brighter future and enable them to become and active citizen in society. Our professional team of Victory Scholars and sports mentors deliver one of the most empowering, innovative and inspirational youth engagement programs that will help motivate our young people to a brighter future. During the program we mentor young people through difficult times in their lives and address social issues of concern with the aim to help the young people with their education, job search, health and mental well being through the aid of our Victory Scholars.

Sport Changes Life in partnership with our funding bodies and with our founding partner at Ulster University Sports Outreach delivers EHOOPS. EHOOPS is an innovative youth community project where 14-25 year olds experiencing educational, economic and social deprivation come together through a sport, education and an individual personal development programme. Our Victory Scholars act as a sport mentors to help build self-confidence and inspire, improve life skills and empower youth to use sport as the catalyst to drive change in their lives.

Our 24 week program is designed for young boys and girls aged 14-25 that are considered not to be in Education, Employment or Training. This programme offers a unique opportunity the young people to improve their team working skills, leadership skills, active citizenship skills and helps build a dialogue and relationships through the delivery of a multi sport educational programme with a Career, Professional and Personal Development (CPPD modules) Certified through our founding partner at Ulster University.

Aims of a Mentor

EHOOPS has shown, in certain areas we have worked in, results with a positive effect on our communities with anti-social behaviour being reduced by a staggering 72% since the introduction of the programme and an additional reduction of 27% hate crime and criminal damage. As a response to these statistics Police officers in this area focus attention and conduct additional patrols, which have lead to a 54% reduction in domestic burglary.

The EHOOPS programme consists of the following:

  • Program Duration: 24 x 2 hour sessions
  • One-to-One ehoops of young people continuously over the program with additional ehoops through a gym membership on an individual need assessed basis.
  • Delivery Method: Practical / Theory
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 25

Ulster University Certified

Upon successful completion of the project participants will receive Ulster University certified graduation with CPPD module accreditations in ‘Integration and Good Relations through Sport and Physical Activity’ and ‘Who Am I Online’.

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