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Change4Life Sports Clubs in secondary schools

There are 3,000 secondary Change4Life Sports Clubs which focus on one of seven Olympic and Paralympic sports to attract less active young people and inspire them to participate in a range of alternative school sports. The aim is to build a network of vibrant extracurricular clubs on school sites that:

  • Meets the needs and aspirations of young people.
  • Helps them to make the transition between school and club.
  • Trains and deploys a new workforce of coaches, officials and young leaders.
  • Makes use of under-utilised school facilities.
  • Changes the attitudes of secondary age pupils towards being healthy and active in their everyday lives.

How do the clubs work?

The chosen sports can be easily delivered on most school sites and offer a range of team and individual opportunities. These sports also lack capacity in their current community club network. It is intended that as demand increases with the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, clubs will offer a new supply of accessible participation opportunities for young people.

What sports are involved?

Clubs offer badminton, Boccia, fencing, handball, table tennis, volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.

Benefits to the school

Change4Life Sports Clubs are proving to have a significant impact on many whole school priorities such as behaviour, attendance and attainment. They also provide a means of developing a sense of belonging, confidence and competence in young people, that can translate to other aspects of school life and priorities, such as special educational needs and the Pupil Premium.

How can I set up a club for my school?

For more details on setting up a club in your school, please refer to the following national governing bodies' websites:

Free downloadable resources

If you’ve already set up a Change4Life Sports Club in your school, we’ve created loads of free downloadable resources to help.
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Need more equipment?

Additional Sports Club equipment is available to purchase from Youth Sport Direct.
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Celebrate your success!

Our online toolkit is full of ideas to help Sports Clubs plan & deliver celebratory events
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