It’s been a challenging time for everyone at Sport Society Success but we are all doing all we can to still engage with our local communities. In the current lockdown that means online and World Champion boxer Terri Harper has been getting involved on Zoom.
Terri took part in an online lesson with school pupils from Outwood Academy in Newbold. Terri chatted with the fifteen and sixteen year old’s about her career, self belief and self esteem. Terri also chatted about her experience of coming out as gay and took questions from the pupils.
Terri will take part in weekly sessions which will be kept relatively informal. We hope the chats will be a nice safe space to explore different ways of dealing with pressures and building confidence.
Terri Harper retained her WBC super-featherweight crown with a ninth-round stoppage win over Katharina Thanderz.
The undefeated Norwegian challenger was left in severe pain following a body shot and a ruthless final flurry. Referee Victor Loughlin rightly stepped to stop the onslaught.
Terri who recently turned 24 had her confidence knocked after her draw with Tasha Jonas earlier this year. She came out looking stronger than ever against Thanderz and looked composed throughout. She stuck to the game plan as instructed by her coach Stefy Bull.
What makes her win even more incredible is that during the fourth round Terri broke her hand. Those watching at home would have had no idea anything was wrong.
The win takes the Denaby ace to 11-0-1 and sets her on course for unification fights in 2021.
Network partner Take The Reins has appointed Deborah Hay as its new interim Chief Executive Officer to lead the not-for-profit organisation into its exciting next phase.
Deborah was on the steering committee for the Take the Reins pilot programme delivered in partnership with the Racing Foundation from 2017 – 2020, and brings a wealth of experience into this new role from her work within the racing industry, most recently at Arena Racing Company where she served as Head of Commercial and Partnerships at Lingfield Park. This knowledge and experience not only of the racing industry but of the journey undertaken by Take the Reins to date will be essential in the growth and sustainability of the organisation. Deborah has a passion for working in the community and was named as one of three finalists in 2019’s prestigious Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards for her work in that field.
Deborah will remain a director of Take the Reins until our Charity status has been secured, and will work alongside fellow directors Amie Canham (former Sky Sports Producer) and Sammy Jo Bell (former Jockey and current racehorse trainer) to extend the reach of Take the Reins into communities across the UK to offer youth engagement programmes, personal development, transferable skills training and engagement with the racing industry at all levels.
Deborah says ‘I am thrilled to take up this position at this important point in the development of Take The Reins. I look forward to working closely with Amie and Sammy Jo and our fantastic team of supporters, advisors and volunteers to take racing into new communities, offering new experiences for young people at a time when inspiration, aspiration and opportunities will be more important than ever as the effects of Covid are felt across society.’
Manchester United Footballer Marcus Rashford has launched an online petition calling for an expansion of the free school meals during the school holidays.
The petition has passed over a million signatures but the motion was rejected in Parliament. SSS believe no child should go hungry and we have expanded our partnership with Fareshare to provide meals to those families most in need.
Young people attending our free boxing sessions were already given a drink and a snack but in response to the news that school meals would not be extended we have doubled our efforts.
We collect the bulk of food from Fareshare at the beginning of the week, then organise it into bags so every package contains a variety of staples that will hopefully just aid in taking the pressure off families struggling at this time. They really vary from packs of rice/pasta, biscuits, beans and cooking sauces.
We plan to keep this running up to the lead up to Christmas until the kids break up from school, the boxing is completely optional and we won’t be running any background checks etc, anyone can claim a package no questions asked.
It’s important this is totally accessible and there’s no embarrassment or fuss around using this service.
Network Partner Luke Gale scored a late drop goal to hand Leeds Rhinos victory at Wembley and their name on the Challenge Cup Trophy. Gale captained his side to a 17-16 point win over Salford Red Devils scoring the winning point with just four minutes remaining.
Gale was released from the Rhinos as a teenager and went on play for Doncaster as well as stints at Bradford and Castleford, where he won the 2017 Man of Steel award.
It was fitting that Gale wore the number 7 shirt, the number worn by Leeds legend Rob Burrow who is currently battling MND. Burrow was chief guest in absentia for Saturday’s final.
Gale said after the match “It was a boyhood dream to lead Leeds out as captain at Wembley,” “To win it is beyond belief. It’s taken me until I’m 32 but I never gave up hope.
“My career probably didn’t start the way I wanted it to but it’s been a great journey and one hell of a story. To win a Challenge Cup at 32 is what dreams are made of. I’m overjoyed. It probably hasn’t sunk in yet.”
More than 30 primary school children braved the adverse weather to take part in Luke Gale’s Kicking for Grassroots February half-term camp in Thorne, Doncaster.
Organised and delivered by the Changemakers from Trinity Academy, the group of A-Level students worked with rugby league star Luke Gale to bring a day full of rugby league activities to children across Doncaster.
Gale and his team of expert coaches focussed on the basic skills of playing rugby league, before the Leeds Rhinos and England international posed for photos and signed autographs to the delight of all those in attendance.
The Changemakers made it all possible, having promoted the half-term camp in primary schools across Thorne and the surrounding areas. The group also secured the facility, Trinity Academy, before running the event from the opening registration to making sure everything ran smoothly.
Changemakers is a brand-new project which aims to get young people engaged in rugby league. It has been running in Doncaster since September in Trinity Academy and has recently expanded into two more secondary schools: XP School and Rossington All Saints Academy.
With the first holiday camp deemed a success, the All Saints Changemakers have been hard at work generating interest for rugby league in the Rossington area, with an Easter holiday camp already in the pipeline.
Fully supported by Gale, the Changemakers will continue to work closely with the former Super League Man of Steel in the build-up to the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.
The Changemakers project has given students at Trinity Academy added skills and knowledge around one of England’s longest running sports and will help students learn the value of a strong community, according to Assistant Director of Trinity Academy Sixth Form Luke Fowles.
He said: “We were trying to provide our students with more opportunities outside of their learning, which is exactly what the Changemakers project provides.
“Students that have been involved have developed a real sense of independence and ownership of their project, as well as widening their experience in key personal skills that employers are looking for.”
Not only does the Changemakers increase knowledge on rugby league, it also allows those involved to further their career prospects, much to the delight of Luke and the staff at Trinity Academy.
He added: “None of the students are particularly sporty but are passionate about improving their career options and they recognised that Changemakers is an opportunity not to be missed.
“The project has certainly made a positive impact on the students and we are proud of their achievements so far.”
Alongside Gale, the Changemakers have also struck up a partnership with Doncaster Rugby League Club, where they have been working on matchdays at the Keepmoat Stadium to generate interest for the Dons.
Working with the Dons’ community team, the Changemakers will be going into schools and promoting rugby league, inspiring and motivating young people, including fellow students, to get involved in the sport.
With the World Cup firmly on the horizon, and with the Keepmoat Stadium set to host three games, the Changemakers mission is clear: allow local communities to have the opportunity to experience rugby league like never before.
Overseen by SSS Network, who have already seen foundations it partners with flourish, most notably boxing foundations Team Mac Fight for Good and Jordan Gill’s Next Generation. The sport of rugby league is proving to be just as popular.
Sport Society Success are once again looking for a young person or team aged between 14 and 19 who could do with a helping hand in reaching their sporting potential. We have a bursary of £2175 to give to an aspiring athlete or team. The money can be used for apparel, transport, equipment, anything that helps ‘you’ pursue the sport you love. All we ask in return is that you keep us up to date with your progress and allow us to share news and photos of what you’ve been up to.
You can nominate yourself or nominate someone you think deserves a helping hand in achieving their dream.
Please tell us in no more than 500 words why the person or team deserve our help and what the money would be used for.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by the 1st April. The decision of who to support will be made by the SSS Directors and the decision will be final.
The concept of Take The Reins was formed in 2015 when like-minded individuals and organisations came together to develop a youth and community offer within the Horse Racing Industry. Take the Reins (TTR) was established as a community response to engaging with the racing industry, in recognition of a need for more engagement with deprived communities and the industry. TTR has taken the direction of supporting young people have greater access to the industry and bridge a gap, showcasing the ‘offer’ the industry has and building young people’s skills and knowledge where they may feel that the industry could be an avenue for employment. TTR providing enriching activities, vocational training, mentoring and support to ‘youth at risk’ in some of the UK’s most deprived communities. Since the start TTR has engaged over 2,000 young people, receiving informal education support to gain a broader insight to the industry whilst working with specialist youth and community development workers to challenge perceptions and build greater linkages with the industry.
We are now entering the next phase of the work and have recently incorporated a new Charity to drive the objectives of our work forward. We are seeking individuals with a commitment to make a difference to young people and communities. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved from the start and help shape the charity as we develop our business plan.
Please see our Trustee Role Description for more details:
Applications by CV and covering letter addressed to:
Mark Turner, Take The Reins, ALAC Office, Fitzwilliam House, Middle Bank, Doncaster , South Yorkshire, DN45NG
Email FAO, Mark Turner at email@example.com
Closing date: Friday 20th March 2020
For an informal discussion concerning the role please email Mark Turner to arrange a time for a discussion: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application closing date: Friday 20th March
Long list candidates: Monday 23rd March
Informal candidate discussions: 25th – 31st March
Interviews: 1st – 15th April
Rugby league star and SSS Network partner Luke Gale, through his non for profit venture – Kicking for Grassroots – has pledged his support to the Changemakers project in the build-up to the Rugby League World Cup.
The brand-new project, which aims to get young people engaged in rugby league, has been running in Doncaster since September in Trinity Academy, and is soon to be expanding into two more secondary schools.
The current crop of Changemakers have been busy generating interest for rugby league in South Yorkshire, supporting events at matches and creating social media content for the sport, and will soon be working closely with Luke Gale and Kicking for Grassroots.
Gale, who recently signed for West Yorkshire side Leeds Rhinos, will be supporting the Changemakers up to the Rugby League World Cup in 2021, where the nation will be looking to follow the success that the Rugby World Cup in Japan gained in 2019.
As an ambassador for the World Cup, Gale and his team of coaches will be looking to spread positive messages around rugby league, most notably at his upcoming rugby league camp, which will be taking place in the February half term. The camp will be supported by the Changemakers.
The Changemakers project currently runs in Trinity Academy, Rossington All Saints Academy and XP School, and has come as a perfect opportunity for A-Level students to get involved in community work, according to current Changemakers student, Josh Smith.
He said: “I joined the Changemakers because of the scale of the opportunity it presented me. I was amazed at what it had to offer.”
With plenty more opportunities on the horizon, Josh believes the team have made the perfect start.
He added: “I feel like it’s going really well so far. Some tasks have been tough, but we have all come together and worked brilliantly as a team. We cannot wait to do more for rugby league and work closely with someone like Luke Gale.”
On the back of his high profile move to Leeds in the off season, Luke Gale and his Kicking for Grassroots foundation have struck up a partnership with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, the charitable arm of Leeds Rhinos.
The increased exposure from the Rhinos Foundation will help the former rugby league Man of Steel winner and England international, who set up his venture back in 2018, to have an even greater impact in the sporting community.
The Network has already seen foundations it partners with flourish, most notably former boxing champions Jamie and Gavin McDonnell’s Team Mac Fight for Good and Jordan Gill’s Next Generation.
The Sport Society Success Network have recently secured funding to deliver unique opportunities to young people across South Yorkshire through the power of boxing.
Funded by the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), the Network and its array of boxing foundation partners will be looking to utilise boxing to make positive changes in the local community.
The new project, named Fight For Good works with the Network’s partners collaborating on many aspects of the initiative across Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Barnsley.
The Network has called upon boxing brothers Jamie and Gavin McDonnell’s Team Mac Foundation, former WBA International champion Jordan Gill’s Next Generation, the Brendan Ingle Foundation and Sheffield’s Steel City Gym to help increase the amount of opportunities available to young people in boxing.
Fight For Good has been divided into two sections, with a focus on both diversionary activities and personal development.
Diversionary activities will see the renowned boxers and their coaches visit schools, community clubs and youth clubs to do experiential talks to help try and reduce potential criminal activity amongst young people.
The boxers will also deliver boxing sessions on an evening, which will see the power of boxing be used to do good in the community.
The personal development aspect of the project will see the foundations engage with 14-18-year-olds who are already a part of he criminal justice system.
The likes of Gill and the McDonnell brothers will be mentoring and coaching youth offenders, focussing on making good decisions, mental attitude, motivation and determination, as well as self-discipline.
These young people will also be given the opportunity to gain qualifications and impact their neighbourhood in a positive way, creating a safer, more cohesive community in South Yorkshire.
SSS Network Operations Director, Shaun Ireland, is looking forward to delivering the project, but is aware of the challenges ahead. He said: “We are looking forward to working on this project.
“It is a great opportunity for our boxing foundations to collaborate and make a difference in their communities.
“The project will require plenty of work, but our dedicated boxers and coaches are looking forward to the challenge”.
The Network will be utilising the boxing gyms throughout the project, whilst also looking to put plans in place to sustain this project in the years to come.