Our ground breaking eHoops programme, designed in partnership with our founding university partner Ulster University, brings hope and inspiration to young people in local communities across Northern Ireland.
We at Sport Changes Life recognise to build for our future we must prepare and engage with our young people today. Some of our 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 an active citizen in society. Our professional team of Victory Scholars and Sports Mentors deliver one of the most empowering, innovative and inspirational youth engagement programmes that will help motivate our young people to a brighter future. During the programme 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, employment, health & mental well-being through the aid of our Victory Scholars.
Our 24 week programme is designed for young boys and girls aged 14-24 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 sport led sessions and educational workshops focusing on professional and personal development through accredited OCN qualifications.
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. A typical eHoops programme consists of the following:
Upon successful completion of the project participants will receive a certified accredited OCN Level 1/2/3 qualification. Depending on the nature of our funding and core theme being delivered will ultimately reflect what the qualification is based on. In the past we have completed qualifications in Good Relations, Essential Skills, Employability Skills and Personal Success & Well-Being.