Case study: Progressive Sports

​‘Sport for Dads’ was a Sportivate-funded project targeting young fathers aged 18-25 who had little opportunity or time to commit to physical activity with their work and family commitments. Dean Sibson of Progressive Sports (Cheshire East), saw Sportivate as an opportunity to encourage participation and physical activity as part of a healthier lifestyle.

The project engaged with 14 young dads from across the region over a six week period at Congleton High School, who provided access to both indoor and outdoor facilities to accommodate a range of activities.

As a result of the funding the participants have now jointly decided to continue meeting on a weekly basis at the High School to play indoor football. They hope to enter a competitive 7 a side league as well as linking into local football teams to coach and support junior development. Dean Sibson said: “The project has been a big success and was enjoyed by all. The sessions were designed to be interactive and to ensure that all of the dads could enjoy themselves. They are all keen to continue to sustain the sessions now the funding has finished. The marketing and advertising was difficult at first because of the nature of the project and how expensive it was to promote but with Active Cheshire and the local newspaper the publicity and profile of the sessions has been raised and supported. Many thanks to Active Cheshire and Sport England for their support in the project and I look forward to working with them again in the future”