Breeze: Foundation Wins Comic Relief Funding
Bright Sparks Programme to be part-funded by Comic Relief
I am delighted to confirm that Bristol Rugby Community Foundation will begin a new partnership with Comic Relief, starting in September 2012. Comic Relief will contribute funding and policy support for the multi-award winning Bright Sparks programme for the next two academic years.
The Bright Sparks Programme, which uses rugby as a tool to teach disenfranchised pupils across the city, featured in the ‘Beyond Sport’ Global conference in Chicago USA, as well as scooping successive Parliamentary Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Bright Sparks uses the power of sport to integrate designated secondary school children who are not fully engaged in the educational process. The primary aim of the programme is to make lasting and behavioural change for these young people in the year before they start their GCSEs.
We aim to show they can achieve educational qualification if they commit and apply themselves to the educational process. Equally, we show consequences of poor life-choices through a partnership with our other multi-award winning prison-based programme – Inferno.
I am delighted to report that, after a rigorous application process, Comic Relief agreed to join The SITEC Group and the participating schools in a three-way partnership that will provide life-changing interventions for 120 designated young people across the Bristol area.
The support from Comic Relief is clear endorsement of the approach that the Foundation is using to engage with the Community. Furthermore, it provides recognition of the tireless work put in on a daily basis by the Foundation coaching staff.