Centre Spot CIC is a creative social enterprise that uses Sports and Physical Activity to engage and build capacities of people, particularly young people. Centre Spot seeks to encourage the uptake of physical activity, and improve the physical well-being of communities. We also marry sports and physical activity with regeneration projects, to re-ignite a passion for learning and skilling on qualifications, work experience, volunteering and the soft skills of self-esteem and self-confidence.
Underlying all work carried out by Centre Spot is a commitment to engage with different people across all levels, using sports as a tool to improve a community’s performance, and address issues of social exclusion on six key indicators:
Using sports to combat Health issues, such as adolescent Depression, and Obesity. Developing lifelong positive healthy behaviours and giving young people a firm foundation on which to build in future years. Centre Spot also works with people suffering from Mental Health issues as well as Disability groups, to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
Using sports to make a positive impact on the social and emotional development and well being of children and young people facing severe disadvantage, by creating positive and lasting change in their lives, and helping them to build and develop resilience for coping with difficult circumstances.
Using sports as a distraction to reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour, and as a cognitive behavioural therapy, engaging young people who are at risk of offending, in positive activities.
Centre Spot CIC endeavours to secure volunteering opportunities, work experience and when possible, employment for participants in sports and other fields in the leisure industry, by training volunteers and members of the wider community in sports coaching courses and other related fields.
Developing key employability skills, such as communication, planning and organising, self-management and problem-solving. Establish physical skills in the youngest children through sports, to inspire continued participation in sport and sporting disciplines.
Using sports to develop psychological traits such as self-esteem and moral responsibility, to enhance social responsibility, encourage community cohesion, and to tackle issues such as racism, bullying, and other forms of discrimination.
“Centre Spot CIC believes in a policy of inclusion. We also believe that everyone is unique. The success of inclusion and the natural acceptance of each other is achieved by including people, regardless of abilities, and allowing each others personality to shine through.
Centre Spot CIC is committed to providing a safe and stimulating environment, and using the power of sport to ensure we help young people on their way to becoming caring, confident, and unique individuals.”
Manny Abbeyquaye Founder, Centre Spot CIC