Diversifying the charity’s cricket programmes to integrate play with life skills development
What they wanted
Chance to Shine wanted to develop educational workshop resources to empower its coaches to deliver their national Street projects blended with life skills learning, covering issues such as healthy eating, staying safe online, gun and knife crime, and social cohesion.
WHAT WE DID
We built a multidisciplinary team, including a partnership with Kick4Life F.C. (Lesotho) and Positive Youth Foundation (UK), to conduct workshops, mount research and continuously refine our approach based on youth feedback, to gather insight and provide wider context to the resource material.
Our discovery workshops revealed that the project target groups faced similar challenges in society, some common across the board and others more specific to certain age groups. Research findings identified key areas of focus both for coaches and participants, which formed a basis for the module content.
We wanted to create resources that equipped coaches with skills to facilitate engagement and signpost young people to relevant helplines and resources if an issue was identified. We established a three-stage framework and began developing the course content based on these phases. The sessions were tested with young people and coaches and learning modules revised following feedback.
In total, we created 11 learning modules and over 20 accompanying session resources along with a handbook, both in digital and print format. The Life Skills curriculum was launched after a 2-days of coach training, equipping over 70 coaches with the skills and resources needed to begin delivering modules in the community.
Our training resources helped young people navigate through personal and societal issues such as peer pressure, mental health, cultural awareness, and financial literacy. We created workshop materials that empowered and better equipped coaches to teach young people. Coaches felt a significant increase of confidence in delivery across all modules, with 70% of coaches feeling more confident to make a referral if approached by a young person about mental health or protection issues.
“thinkBeyond did an amazing job in developing our Life Skills Modules. They brought in some terrific partners and have a produced a set of resources that are helping our participants to develop their skills and knowledge whilst ensuring that the primary focus is on having fun playing cricket. They did an excellent job in researching and fine-tuning the resources, taking on feedback and working with us to produce an end result that will make a difference to the young people we work with.”
– Steve Peyman, Chief Operating Officer