What a year! From winning awards to delivering a world-class event celebrating the best Manchester has to offer, it’s been an amazing 12-months:

  • Click here to watch what we’ve been up to for the last 12-months.
  • Click here to watch the programme which Bex Wilson, DMSF Programme Manager, leads and which won her the World Academy of Sport Award.

In a surprise move, for some, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) have shifted their framework for schools improvement to include a new narrative; behavior, attitudes, personal development and leadership & management.

DMSF have long understood and promoted character development and positive behavior habits as essential skills for life, and whilst these skills are embedded throughout our programmes it is crucial that we continue to provide specific provisions and opportunities, tailored to the aspirations, for young people facing disadvantage.

One such activity was our inaugural Building the Future Careers Fair , launched at Moss Side Leisure Centre. The afternoon offered over 150 attendees, aged 12-15, the opportunity to experience the life of work alongside companies from construction, digital media, medical services, public services and creative industries.

Click here to see which industries were involved and what our young people got up to.

If you would like to sign up for next year’s event please contact johanna@dmsf.co.uk.

So what have we done? In the last 12 months through our delivery in schools and community hubs we have:

The bar has been raised for 2020 and as you can imagine we are buzzin for the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Games of the XXX11 Olympiad. Whilst we achieved a major moment in the history of the foundation when against all odds we were able to take a child from a rough inner city environment all the way from a 12-year old to 22 and competing in the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha we are grateful that the business community have come together to enable DMSF to create an environment where prohibitive barriers have been identified and actively removed for those young people within the foundation who have demonstrated a desire to succeed in sport have the opportunity to fulfil their potential regardless of background or circumstance.

Away from sport we will kick start 2020 with a new partnership with Tameside Borough Council. Our mutual aim is to increase resilience and reduce the risk of youth violence in Tameside. Working within selected secondary schools, and partnering with Tania Brown, Local Authority Designated Officer/ Safeguarding Advisor for Education and former CID Dean Coady OBE, Managing Director Urban Pure Solutions, the delivery will focus on educating and upskilling staff and their teams working with adults and young people on how to create a safe environment in which young people can thrive.

Dean a former Parachute Regiment Soldier, Major Crime and Specialist Operations, Counter Terrorism Branch and Gang Unit Moss Side said:

“I have been engaging with least-heard individuals, high-risk and vulnerable children and adults, across the UK all my working life. I specialise in youth engagement, street-crime and consequences, gangs, as well as supporting adult safeguarders, teachers and similar that have young people in their charge.

“I’m looking forward to partnering with the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation and Tameside Borough Council to bring about real and lasting change within the area.  For far too long I have witnessed the tragedy of what happens when violence takes over.  This is a brilliant and welcomed opportunity to make a difference.”

As if we were not busy enough 2020 is our 10th birthday and I’m proud that we have turned into an exciting, creative and impactful charity. Watch out for our birthday celebrations!

Thank you to Team DMSF: our coaches, our volunteers, Sports Leaders and our board, without them we simply couldn’t do what we do.

I am grateful to my entire team, and to our amazing friends, supporters, donors and partners for your continued support and to have had the opportunity to work with. Without your commitment we just won’t exist – please continue to back us and our efforts to take the chance out of success and make it a choice.

On behalf of the board and our whole team, I would like to wish all our young people, partners, staff, friends and families a very Happy Festive Season and a prosperous New Year.