Those that now SMILE!


The Start to SMILE project has been up and running for over two years and we now approach our 3rd year of the Sport England funding. During the first two years, we have met, interacted and engaged with a high number and wide range of individuals, groups and organisations. Over 2,500 people have accessed new sport opportunities either via weekly sport sessions or by attending one-off sport events.

Find out who we’ve worked with so far and continue to SMILE:

Sir Charles Parsons School                                       Chrysalis Dementia Group

Percy Hedley School                                                  Boarder Links

Barndale School                                                         North Star

The Grove School                                                      The Pottergate Centre

Oxclose School                                                           Dunlem PHAB Club

Villa Real School                                                        Washington Resource Centre

Sunderland College                                                   Stroke Association







Middlesbrough College                                            Mind

Bishop Auckland College                                          Momentum

Gateshead College                                                    MS Society

Daybreak                                                                    Careline Home Care

Larchfield Community                                              Northlea Court

Blyth Valley Young People                                       Scarborugh Court

Tody’s Youth Club                                                     Elpha Lodge Care Home







The project has provided these individuals, groups and organisation with the chance to try new or different sports, some groups continue to access coaching provision others have gone on to purchase their own equipment to continue their own sport sessions. Here are a few quotes from those who have accessed the Start to SMILE project:

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session last week and looking forward to next week.”

 “A big thank you, everyone enjoyed the sessions”

  “Our residents really enjoyed these sessions.”

  “Look forward to discussing continuing the sessions as all resident’s love attending”

  “The sessions are great, they all love coming. We’ve never been able to find anything where all three are engaging and enjoying the same thing”


If you want to be involved the project and have the chance to try a range of sports get in touch today by contacting Jenni on 07710 891 741 or e-mail