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Active Burngreave

Using sport for community change.

Working in partnership with Comic Relief and Sport England, Active Burngreave is an initiative to encourage more people to take part in weekly physical activity.

It also uses movement, physical activity and sport as a hook to address social outcomes such as anti-social behaviour, unemployment or community cohesion, as identified by the people in that area.

Burngreave has been chosen as a focus community for this project, partially due to its deprivation data. It is Sheffield’s most culturally diverse ward, with the ethnically diverse population accounting for nearly half its residents. Economic deprivation and a range of health and social issues mean that the area is ranked as one of the most deprived wards in the UK.

The project aims to:

Use Sport and physical activity to empower a community to create social change and have a positive impact on social issues

Following a four-month period of consultation with local residents and a range of community partners and groups, seven outcomes have been identified:

  • Reduced isolation
  • Increased understanding of the importance of physical activity
  • More resilient
  • Increase in sustainable physical activity
  • More opportunities for training and education
  • Increased aspirations of young people
  • Increased ownership of parks amongst community to keep clean, safe and usable

Active Burngreave has been successful in securing funding from Comic Relief, to continue to “Use movement, physical activity and sport to empower the Burngreave community to create social change and have a positive impact on social issues

We intend to do this via a community led project, which combines activity delivery with training, education and empowerment of community members. Following a community panel meeting in February attended by local residents, community groups and young people, the following projects have been successful in securing funds to deliver local projects;

Romano Jilo

A project delivering both traditional Romani Dance sessions for local young people and an outreach project with local Roma families, aiming to improve their understanding of living healthy activity lifestyles. Sessions will take place on Saturdays at Page Hall Youth Centre. Family Health events will take place throughout the next year. For more information please contact Basil Sage, 07547739299 or bsage@btinternet.com

Reach Up Group

A project working with girls and women from BME communities across Burngreave, providing a range of movement, physical activity and sport. The project will also provide training and mentoring for volunteers, supporting women and girls to develop their skills and eventually run their own local projects. Sessions will take place at Verdon Recreation Centre, for more information please contact Safiya Saeed, 07473 527520 or reachupyouth@outlook.com

Big Brother Burngreave

A project developed by young people for young people. Big Brother Burngreave provides a safe space for young men (aged 12-19 years) to take part in movement, physical activity and sport, and develop skills and take a range of sports qualifications. Sessions are led by trained young people, and mentored by the Active Burngreave Community Development Worker. Young people take part in activities, trips and qualifications which they choose, and talk about issues which are affecting them. Sessions are weekly, Saturday 1- 3pm at Verdon Recreation Centre. Contact Sahal Bare 07759 454034 sahalbarre@hotmail.com or Safiya Saeed, 07473 527520 or reachupyouth@outlook.com

Aspiring Communities Together- ‘Community Connectors Project’


A project providing information about what is going on in your area, a chance to meet new people and improve your health. Organised walks to services across Burngreave and beyond, learning about what is on offer to you locally, how to get involved in projects, how to access services and support with your health. Sessions take place on Thursday, meeting at Fir Vale Healthy Living Centre (times vary)

Sophia Saleh ssaleh@actsheffield.com


Somali Disability Women’s Group

A project providing weekly physical activity sessions for BME women with a physical disability or those suffering from mental health issues. Women take part in low level physical activities, tailored to their individual needs, as well as support on diet and healthy lifestyles. Session takes place at Fir Vale Healthy Living Centre, Wednesday 12-2pm.

Pitsmoor Youth Club


A new local youth group, running sessions for young people aged 13-21 years. Tuesday 6:30 @ The Welcome Centre, (behind Christ Church), Nottingham Street, Pitsmoor,

Sheffield, S3 9AW

Huw Thomas on 07525 688479

Pete Agnew on 07881 557409 or pete@hollowford.org


Maan Somali Mental Health- Maan Active Well-being

A new Health and Well-being project, working with Somali adults experiencing mental health issues. The project will use a range of movement, physical activity and sport to build confidence, improve mental well-being and increase physical activity levels.

Sharmarke Ismail & Susi Miller



0114 275 8556

Sharmarke: 07538 967 607

Susi: 07497 565 320


Attaawoon FC -Hamed Ibrahim  hamedmusa2002@gmail.com

Local football club aimed at supporting the Eritrean community to lead healthy and active lives. Support provided to upskill local volunteers, secure safe facilities and to refresh equipment to allow the delivery of 3 sessions per week (Adult, to 2 junior sessions)


Firth Park  Boxing Club

(£500 Grant) – Support provided to raise and improve profile, increase membership and raise social media profile.


Roma Boys FC- christianvernon@hotmail.co.uk

(£500 Grant) – Support to weekly football sessions aimed at Roma young people from Page Hall


Burngreave Training Academy – Imran Ali, Saalik Education

A training programme aimed at young people and community leaders in Burngreave aimed to create a sustainable and trained workforce in Burngreave.

07979844692 Info@saalik.org


Sheffield Town FC- Mohammed Al Maysari

They aim to use football as a tool engage the local youth with futsal training sessions. They aim to run sessions and enter them in a local league. The main aims are to improve fitness levels, reduce amount of time spent on the streets, and develop team workings skills and responsibilities

07727276667 sheffieldtownfc@hotmail.com


Shaibi Community Association- Rafiq Saleh

To develop a new community Volleyball session, allowing new members to join and develop their skills, connect with other members of the community and improve their lifestyle. Weekly sessions run by volunteers will be open to anyone to join.

07870787460 rafcity@hotmail.com


Sheffield Horn of Africa- Kaltun Elmi

The project aims to have self-defence and Zumba classed weekly for 12 weeks. The aim is to improve lifestyles overall from a sedentary one, to a more physical one; leading to feelings of better wellbeing.

07495629327 Kaltun_elmi@yahoo.com


Always an Alternative- Anthony Olaseinde

To use American Football as a tool to engage young people in weekly activity, whilst supporting them to improve life chances through various workshops, mentoring and support.


Alwaysanalternative.org@gmail.com or info@alwaysanalternative.org.uk


Hadfield Institute

Emergency support to families and young people suffering hardship due to COVID-19. Funding will provide a much needed secure telephone helpline for domestic violence, those suffering with mental health issues and support for single parent families. A team of volunteers will provide much needed wellbeing hampers- including food, medicines, essential products, and an opportunity for young people to have someone to talk to. A RED, AMBER, GREEN system will be used to support those young people most vulnerable, with a safeguarding issue at home. Sport will be used as a tool to engage the whole family, but particularly young people.


Care for Young People’s Future CiC

Care for Young Peopl’s Future CIC aims to is to support, mentor and empower young people from the Roma community and any other disadvantaged background (EAL, Refugees, looked after Children and children with special needs without a diagnosis) and to raise awareness of the Roma cultural background by working in partnership with all relevant services and public bodies. This project is to use the power of dance to improve integration, celebrate local culture and to improve health and wellbeing.  Contact: Terezia Rostas teretzuca@yahoo.com


Saba Well-being Group- Aden Yasin

Just Come and Be Active- a programme of weekly activities for Somali (Ethnically Diverse Communities) men and women led by volunteers within a newly sourced community centre


For more information on the background of the Active Burngreave project, click HERE.

For any queries contact kathryn.mudge@yorkshiresport.org

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