A message from our CEO

This isn’t business as usual, and it’s a time of great stress and uncertainty. It’s also a moment in time when the work we’re doing is its most critical.

My time and thinking is now wholly focused on COVID-19 and on how DMSF can restart, recover and best play its role to ensure the mental health needs of our young people, staff and supporters is met. My team and I want you to know DMSF will continue to do its part, and we won’t stop looking for new opportunities to ensure the most vulnerable in society are supported.

Taking the chance out of success for our young people, and making it a choice

We need YOUR help

Our response to COVID19 will define a generation. Please donate and help us to support the most vulnerable children and young people in our care so that they can cope with today and prepare for tomorrow.

Every penny that you give will go straight to initiatives that support those families most in need in the community.

“It’s like family really, it’s like home”
Hasan Uddin DMSF Young Person & Sports Leader

Our Young People

For the next few months DMSF will focus its support around giving to those in the most critical need and supporting our young people is of the utmost priority. To this end we’re working hard with our partners and the local community to coordinate support for our young people; this includes access to remote training sessions, exercise videos, live streaming initiatives, top tips to cope during lockdown; 1:1 counselling over the phone and online, and an online mentoring service. Visit our Young People section on the website for more information!

DMSF reponds to Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report

In setting out its vision, and driven by its values of acting with integrity, providing opportunities and instilling resilience, the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF) was clear that there was an urgency to playing its part in dismantling systemic and institutional racism. This is an issue which is widely acknowledged as deeply harmful, and acutely felt by people from a black or ethnic background living in the UK. 

In contrast, a government commissioned report released on 31 March 2021 challenged the very existence of such systemic and institutional racism in the UK… You can read our official response here.

Support us 

A little goes a long way but we need your help to do more. For most charities, times have been extremely tough during lockdown and during these uncertain times too many young people are feeling increasingly desperate.

Now that we’re returning to deliver our much-needed community provision we need your help so that we can safely support our young people, and start to rebuild their mental wellbeing and confidence.

We’re calling on all our supporters get behind us and help give our fundraising a BIG push. From event sponsorship to community projects there’s something to suit every budget. Your donation will help us to turn barriers into opportunities….

Our Partners

DMSF is focusing its support around giving to those in the most critical need and supporting our young people is of the utmost priority. To this end we’re working hard with our partners and the local community to coordinate support for our young people, but we need YOUR HELP to do more. Click here to read how we’re coordinating our efforts with KIND and Whitworths.


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Jessie’s wall

DMSF staff and young people have been involved in reinvigorating an art project that celebrates the life of teenager Jessie James, who was shot dead in a park in the Moss Side area of Manchester 15 years ago. Friends of schoolboy Jessie James painted the colourful...

DMSF secures £10,000 Awards for All grant

DMSF has successfully secured a £10,000 grant through the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ funding programme, to continue its popular ‘Powerhouse Group’ project supporting vulnerable young people in Greater Manchester. The ‘Powerhouse Group’ project, which has been...

Rewriting the rules

Charities are facing a complex new reality as a result of Covid-19. To ensure its programmes are fit for purpose, DMSF has further developed its governance framework thanks to an innovative partnership project with the Young Guns Leadership Programme at Laing...

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Absolutely fabulous newsletter, I loved reading the stories! The inclusion of young people and behind the scenes is amazing. Well done to all involved.

Amy Varle

DMSF Digital Ambassador

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Diane Modahl Sports Foundation

The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF) is a registered charity which works with young people from disadvantaged areas across the North West, enabling them to make the most of themselves in sport, school and life.

Registered charity number 1150767 in England and Wales
Registered company number 07211650
© 2019 Diane Modahl Sports Foundation