Professional training programmes
Vi-Ability uses sports business to attract, educate and inspire young people who are struggling to find employment. Working with high profile sports partners, Vi-Ability runs a variety of professional training programmes, culminating in a participant-led community sports event and a coaching or sports management qualification, giving young people the boost they need to kick-start their careers.
Participants benefit hugely from the programme and the CV and job application support offered alongside it. As Daniel explains: “Before I came on to Vi-Ability I wasn’t going out. I wasn’t interacting with people. This course has really helped me communicate better. It’s a cracking experience, I’m really enjoying it. I think it’s fantastic how they have helped me through my applications, told me that I can do it, and there’s no such word as can’t.”
And what they do delivers results. Vi-Ability works with around 300 young people each year, with 75% of these progressing into positive outcomes, such as employment and further education. By creating a new, young, diverse, trained workforce passionate about sport, Vi-Ability is also helping community sports clubs to become thriving, sustainable businesses at the heart of their local area.
Social & Community Capital provided Vi-Ability with a loan to enable them to expand their business. As Adam Bull, CEO explains: “We’re going to be able to work with more professional sports partners in different locations across the UK and in different sports. So we’re able to grow our business and then transform more young lives.