End of Year Update and Reflection

By Ellie Marlow and Chloe Lambert As we approach the end of 2020, it is fair to say that 2020 has been a difficult and unpredictable year. Like all projects at Enactus Sheffield, OnTarget has had to repeatedly adapt to overcome a range of challenges. With the advent of the first national lockdown, we were unable to send our mentors into schools, provide football sessions and work placements for the pupils or run our 24-hour football match. This was incredibly disheartening after all the hard work the team put in, but we rallied and were determined to continue to aid our beneficiaries. In another of our blog posts , you can read about how we expanded our social media reach to connect with secondary school students whose education had been disrupted by the pandemic.  Over the summer, we continued to use this channel but looked to construct a more long term plan for how we could use our team and resources to have a positive impact amongst all the change caused by the coronavirus and its r

2020 Nationals: The Journey of Enactus Sheffield

By Lydia Warden Earlier this year, I was selected to be part of Enactus Sheffield’s National Expo presentation team. Taking place in April, the National Expo is a yearly competition in which Enactus teams from up and down the country come together to present their projects and compete for the trophy, with the winner progressing to the world competition. In order to progress to Nationals, you must first take part in the Regional competition, at which the 32 competing teams are selected. Both Regionals and Nationals presented an opportunity to present two of Enactus Sheffield’s projects (one of which was OnTarget) to a mixture of Enactus sponsor company employees and Enactus UK alumni. On the 5th of March this year, myself and the rest of the team journeyed to Arla HQ in Leeds to take part in the regional competition. We delivered our 12 minute presentation before proceeding to Q&A. The judges took a great deal of interest in OnTarget and its potential to have a large and lasting imp

Alvie’s Account: His Experience Mentoring Cole

When Cole came into OnTarget he struck me as a quiet lad who didn't come across as particularly troublesome. However, once some time had passed, I saw that he was influenced by his peers and started to behave differently. After my first one to one interaction, I realised that Cole was actually a very focussed individual with a clear plan in life. He took care of many responsibilities outside of school life, and also tried his best at school with a clear career plan in mind. On top of this, he was a very talented footballer and spent a lot of time outside of school doing this hobby. I realised that Cole had the correct mindset in life, and just needed a bit of encouragement. Over the next few weeks, I worked with Cole to raise his confidence in himself, and saw him becoming a much stronger individual who was less easily influenced by his peers. Also, with the sessions provided by Sheffield Wednesday, he was able to show off his footballing ability, and was even offered the opportun

Social Enterprise = Social Justice

By Grant Edgar Social enterprise is primarily concerned with delivering a social objective. Social entrepreneurship is the innovative use of business practices for social improvement of underprivileged and marginalised groups. Differentiated from conventional businesses by their social mission, social enterprises in the UK tackle a wide range of pressing social and environmental issues. These types of businesses are in a unique position to tackle social problems as they differ from conventional businesses in that: - 40% are led by women, compared to 17% SME’s and 5% of FTSE 100 - 35% of social enterprises have BAME directors, compared to 5% SMEs (SEUK). - 88% of social enterprises actively minimise their environmental impact, with 75% considering that environmental impact outweighs cost, compared to 24% of SME’s. - 73% work with disadvantaged individuals, with 28% operating in the most deprived communities in the UK. - 85% recruit locally (Figures pr

Football in the Steel City: A Brief History of the Sport in Sheffield

By Cam Terry One could argue that Sheffield’s footballing history is one of the longest in the world. The Steel City is the birthplace of the beautiful game and has a long list of firsts associated with the development of the modern game. Sheffield were pioneers in giving the world its most popular spectator sport as well as the worlds first football club, Sheffield FC, in 1857. Sheffield’s ability to pioneer was also seen in the development of the first set of rules, which influenced the rules which are in use today, such as free kicks and throw ins, 11-a-aside teams and the length of the game being 90. Sheffield was home to the first local ‘derby’ after the establishment of the world’s second oldest football club, Hallam FC, in 1860. Furthermore, Sheffield boasts the oldest major professional football ground in the world, Bramall Lane which hosted the first flood lit match in 1862, and the first game to be heard on radio in 1927. Sheffield currently has two major clubs, Sheffield uni

The Establishment of OnTarget: An Account from the First Project Leader

By Kristie Rodgers Local Need I’m Kristie and I was the project leader for OnTarget when it was just an idea. One of our Directors at the time wanted to tackle youth offending in Sheffield and challenged our team to create a social enterprise that could have a real impact on young people at risk of offending throughout Sheffield. Our team set about speaking to local organisations that tackle youth offending and reoffending, academics working in this area, and ex-offenders that were dedicated to tackling youth offending in a variety of different ways. Through our research we found links between youth offending, exclusion, homelessness and re-offending. We spoke to people tackling all aspects of these challenges and gained insight into the process for tackling reoffending in Sheffield and we found a gap. Currently, and rightly so, resources are directed at resolving criminal behaviour before a young person receives a conviction. However, due to limited resources on schools and support s

Mental Health and Sport

People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. And it’s also a powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges, supported by plenty of evidence. Taking part in physical activity can have a substantial positive impact on mental wellbeing by improving mood, decreasing the chance of depression and anxiety, ADHD, and boosts your overall mood. You don’t need to be the fittest person around to reap the benefits, research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a noticeable difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better. The mental health improvements from engaging in sports aren't exclusive to when sport is carried out by oneself, it can come in group contexts too. There are even indications t