Welcome to our New Ambassadors!
We’re delighted to appoint children’s fitness coaches and YouTubers Tanzii TV as ambassadors for the charity. Brothers Ottavio and Dario run various fitness and exercise programmes in schools and online, with a mission to get children up and active and inspire future generations through exercise. Tanzii TV share core values with SCF through their mission to increase opportunities for children and young people to remain happy and healthy. Since the January 2021 lockdown, Tanzii TV have connected with thousands of young people on this channel through fun fitness videos, with an aim to boost the physical and mental health of others whilst showing how fun exercise and movement can be.
Tanzii TV said:
“It is an absolute privilege to be ambassadors for Sports Connections Foundation. We truly believe in the amazing programmes SCF offer to support disadvantaged children which draws parallel to the work we do at Tanzii TV. We look forward to working in partnership to help make a true difference and we can't wait to get involved!”
SCF deliver Rugby Challenge Cup Final Sporting Wish
We were able to donate a family ticket to Wembley for an 8-year-old with an undiagnosed syndrome thanks to our new corporate partner Energetics-energy Ltd.
We provided the child with the experience of visiting Wembley in July to see the 120th Rugby Challenge Cup final which was contested between St Helens and Castleford Tigers. The child was referred to the charity by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), and having developed a passion for watching rugby, this experience was the perfect opportunity to bring some joy and happiness to him and his family. Due to his condition, he finds it difficult to stay awake, however his foster carers told Sports Connections Foundation that he was fully engaged throughout the match and loved every minute of the experience. The game itself saw St Helens lift the Challenge Cup for the first time since 2008 with a 26-12 victory after a second-half fightback against Castleford Tigers. The charity hopes that this will be the first of many sporting wishes that they and the hospice deliver together. Rachel Wright from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) said “Sports Connections Foundation offer some wonderful opportunities for families to make precious memories. We very much look forward to working with them more in the future.”
Qualcomm provides grant funding boost
Technology giant Qualcomm has provided a grant funding boost to support children in Cambridge though Inspire Through Sport programme
The funding will be used for running the charity’s Inspire Through Sport programme, which has been running successfully for over a decade throughout Peterborough, Huntingdon & Basildon. The initial 36-week programme will be able to start later this year and aims to engage and work with up to 1,200 children and young people in Cambridge. The charity is liaising with schools, local authorities and charity partners, to ensure that the programme is available to those in the areas of highest social and economic deprivation.
Cambridge is the UK’s most unequal city, with the bottom 20% of the population earning just 2% of the total income. Sports Connections Foundation’s programme will invest in the children and young people of the city through developing interpersonal skills such as building confidence, character and self-esteem.
This will be achieved through after school sessions, positive activity sessions, group and 1 to 1 mentoring and school holiday programmes that the charity will provide. Children will be involved in activities which create social interactions and provide safe spaces where young people can come together and form new friendships. This is imperative for the area as 11% of children in Cambridge are living in poverty. Carmen Fenton, Senior HR Manager, Qualcomm, said “We are pleased to be able to help local charities through our Corporate Giving Programme. It is great to give out to the communities.”
Inspire Through Sport
“The COVID19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges experienced by young people, making the need for effective youth work even greater. The number of young people with probable mental illness has risen to one in six, up from one in nine since 2017, 67% believe that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health. In light of this, holistic and person-centred support and mentoring of young people is even more key”
said SCF Youth Worker - Toby Baffa Isaacs.
We were delighted to collaborate with Romsey Mill recently to see the launch of our first ever ‘SCF Connections Cup’ that took place at Hampton, Peterborough.
To see young people from both the Cambridge and Peterborough communities coming together to take part was simply inspiring and we are looking forward to further collaborative projects that have been planned over the next 12 months.
Junior McDougald - Co-Founder & Director said “We are so grateful for the funding and generous donations provided by BGL & Perkins Engines in order that our children’s charity can provide such beneficial shared experiences and enrichment activities like our Connections Cup and recent trips to Gauntlet which enable safe motorbike and quad biking experiences that we use to help build self-esteem, resilience, life skills and provide opportunities which we simply could not do without their amazing support.”
SCF partner with Watchlotto, the prize competition organisation
The partnership is a welcome boost to the charity, as Watchlotto will donate a percentage of their profits each month. SCF’s income and engagement manager Karen Olden said: “We are delighted to welcome Watchlotto onboard as a partner. Sports Connections Foundation’s work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous partners, and so the addition of an organisation like Watchlotto gives us a massive boost, and most importantly enable us to support and inspire more children and young people through our different programmes. We look forward to our future with Watchlotto as a charity partner.” Watchlotto director Deborah Hegarty said: “One of our main motivations for us here at Watchlotto is to be able to give back and support our local communities and charities in need."
"Each year we choose charities close to our heart and donate a percentage of our profits to them monthly, and this year Sports Connections Foundation is one of our chosen charities. We are very proud to be working with a children’s charity that does so much to inspire, empower, educate and transform the lives of young people. They believe that sport is one of the most powerful tools on the planet and has the greatest impact on the lives of children when used for social good, and this is something everyone here at Watchlotto can get behind.”
Deborah has always been very passionate about coaching and developing young people, after a football coaching career that saw her begin at Ipswich at the age of 16 and lead her over to America where she worked alongside MLS (Major League Soccer). This experience showcased the importance of sport in building confidence and self-esteem in children, making SCF an easier choice for Watchlotto.
Whittlesey to Peterborough Walk
A group of staff who work in the care system with young people organised a sponsored walk in September walking from Whittlesey to Peterborough to help to raise vital funds and raise awareness for the charity.
We are so grateful to Jo Seymour and Shaid Ali who organised the walk as well as to all of the young people who took part. Jo said: “A group of carers decided to organise a sponsored event to help raise funds for Sports Connections Foundation. We work with children from a variety of back grounds, and it seemed logical to support a local children’s charity. We wanted to help support this charity because without charities like this, children and young people cannot benefit from the charities positive influence and create positive futures.”
We would like to thank everyone involved in the walk, including Phil at The Boat Inn for allowing the walk to start from his car park. The walk raised an incredible £730 which will allow us to create more positive futures for disadvantaged children and young people.
Cambridge Half Marathon Runners
We are so grateful to the 10 runners who took part in the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday 17th September. The route took them through the grounds of two Cambridge University Colleges, the majestic King’s College and Jesus College. We would also like to thank Maria, Jane & Mindy for volunteering at our cheer points, your support really helped our runners on the route.
2021/22 Charity Events
Santa Skydive 2021
These jumps will take place on the first 3 weekends in December 2021 at Beccles. Participants can jump in Christmas jumpers or fancy dress as long as it is safe, or UK Parachuting can provide Santa outfits! The minimum age for participation is 16. Please visit: http://ukparachuting.co.uk/terms/ for height and weight limits. Registration is £50 and we ask you to pledge to raise £400 in sponsorship for Sports Connections Foundation.
Take to the Sky With Us
Our next skydive will take place on Sunday 22nd May 2022 at Sibson Airfield, Peterborough. If you are unable to attend or would like to look at a different location, please contact us for alternative options. The minimum age for participation is 16. Please visit: http://ukparachuting.co.uk/terms/ for height and weight limits. Registration is £50 and we ask you to pledge to raise £400 in sponsorship for Sports Connections Foundation.
Run With Us
Join us on Sunday 6th March 2022 for the 10th Cambridge Half Marathon.
Run through the historic University City and take in some of the best sites from across the City of Cambridge including the Round Church, King’s College and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Registration is £20 and we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £280. You will need to be 17 years old to participate.
Cycle With Us
Be part of one of the most amazing cycle challenges by getting your place on the next London to Paris Cycle, 24th-26th June 2022. Perfect for cyclists of all abilities, this challenge will take you along an iconic route through England and France.
Christmas Fundraising Ideas
We’ve got a fantastic range of Christmas Fundraising ideas to get you into the festive spirit. Whether it’s organising a Solo or Joint Santa Dash, getting friends and colleagues together to take part in a Christmas Quiz or taking part in our 12 Days of Festive Fitness Challenge you can find out more at: www.scfchildrenscharity.org.uk/scf-fundraising
Or you can organise your own Christmas fundraiser like a Christmas Bake Sale, Christmas Dress Down Day or Guess The Little Angel, we would love to see what creative and fun ideas you come up with.
Call Karen on: 01733 390337 if you would like help or marketing materials for your fundraiser.
Ways to Support Us
With Christmas around the corner it is likely that you will be doing more online shopping, please consider supporting us whilst you shop this year.
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy exactly the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on amazon.co.uk. The difference is that when you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to Sports Connections Foundation.
How to sign up:
1. Visit smile.amazon.co.uk
2. Search for Sports Connections Foundation
3. Select us and start shopping.
We are now registered with easyfundraising, which means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them - at no extra cost to yourself! These donations really mount up and make a BIG difference to us, so we’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us. It’s completely FREE and only takes a moment visit:
www.scfchildrenscharity.org.uk/as-you-shop to find out more.
Sports Connections Foundation receives no government funding and we rely entirely on donations from people like you to keep our services running. When you set up a regular donation to Sports Connections Foundation you become part of our long-term work to use the power of sport to inspire, empower, educate and transform the lives of children and young people. You can find out more at:
How your Money can help!
£10 Could help towards the cost of our Orphanage and Nursery in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
£25 Could help with mentoring to develop a positive future for a disadvantaged child or young person.
£50 Could help to fund a Sporting Wish for a child facing a life-threatening illness.
You can also sign up for our newsletter on our website. If you would like any additional help with fundraising or have any questions about our events please contact us. We can provide you with all of the materials and advice needed. We look forward to sharing your fundraising activities in our future newsletters.
For more details please contact Karen at:
or contact us on: 01733 390337
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