An overview of the Social Inclusion Programme

Access Sport’s Social Inclusion Programme is funded by the ground breaking High Sheriff Project which is focused in both Manchester & Oxford.

The High Sheriff Project was established in 2014 and harnesses the power of local businesses, councils and the third sector to enrich and develop community sports clubs, providing opportunities to young people living in the most deprived wards of Manchester and Oxford through the powerful hook of sport.

Both cities are unified in their mission to use sport as a tool to tackle social exclusion where the need is greatest and to create positive youth development pathways for underrepresented and vulnerable young people.


Why the High Sheriff Programme exists

There continues to exist inequalities within our communities, as well as a number of barriers to participation in sport – this is particularly true for young people from underrepresented or minority groups such as NEET young people, females, and those from BME backgrounds.

The High Sheriff Programme therefore exists because we believe that sport is a powerful tool to engage with the underrepresented and vulnerable young people, and can provide a platform from which they can enhance their life prospects.

Furthermore, we believe that sport has an important role to play in developing community cohesion in the most deprived wards, building our beneficiaries’ aspirations, and providing vital life-skills such as team work, leadership, determination, and respect.

The unique selling point of the programme

The High Sheriff Programme seeks to offer more than just physical activity and sport within the communities in which it works. We provide opportunities for young people to gain qualifications through various training and courses, for example, Sports Leaders Awards, Peer-led First Aid training, Bike Maintenance courses, and British Cycling Young Volunteers Awards. These play an important role in engaging our beneficiaries in something positive and preparing them for paid employment or further education – ultimately enhancing their life prospects.


Key Partners of the Programme 2014-2018
  • Sport England
  • Oxford City Council , Manchester City Council, Trafford Council
  • High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Greater Manchester
  • Active Oxfordshire
  • Greater Sport County Sports Partnerships
  • Comic Relief
  • St John’s Ambulance

Key Partners of the Programme 2018-2021
  • Oxford City Council ,  Trafford Council
  • High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Greater Manchester
  • UKFast
  • Active Oxfordshire

If you would like to find out more and get involved with the High Sheriff Programme please contact:

Manchester - [email protected]

Oxford - 0207 993 9883 / [email protected]                             

Click below to visit the Social Inclusion in Oxford webpage: