Led by sports professionals in the area of physical education, sports development and community sports development.
Based in Ulster University's School of Sport and led by professionals in the area of physical education, sports development and community sports development, Sports Outreach (SO) facilitates a range of programmes (known as SHINE@ULSTER) aimed at widening access to sport and physical activity to young people at greatest disadvantage across the province.
SO prides itself on promoting and rewarding volunteering. It works with the University's richest resource, its students, to deliver these programmes while also serving to enhance the employability skills of these student volunteers.
By mobilising, training and deploying student volunteers annually, SO is able to positively and constructively use the energy, abilities and enthusiasm of the future sport and physical activity professionals of Northern Ireland to reach young people in schools and communities at greatest disadvantage.
Through the design and development of stimulating and fulfilling research informed sport and physical activity programmes, student volunteers are given the opportunity to gain a range of professional skills, qualities and experiences in the delivery of quality assured programmes.
As young enthusiastic role models they use sport and physical activity as a stimulus to engage children and young people, encourage learning, influence behaviour and open eyes to the possibility of a more active, brighter, healthier, positive future.
All SHINE@ULSTER programmes are designed by a team of expert staff. Training is provided on site to ensure quality assurance for our partner organisations.≈
SO has developed strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with key internal and external partners to facilitate delivery of the SHINE@ULSTER programmes.
Sports Outreach Research Advisory Group (SO-RAG) is a multidisciplinary team of academics promoting research that has a direct impact on the community. The work of SO-RAG involves informing, designing and advising the monitoring and evaluation of sports outreach programmes and student volunteer training for programmes.
Dr. Gavin Breslin and Prof. David Hassan from Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute and Dr. Duncan Morrow Director of Community Engagement and Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy are current contributors and advisors. Mr David Czesniuk (Assistant Dean of Partnerships and Alliances at North Eastern University) is an international collaborator with particular interest in sport for development programmes. SO staff are also Advisory Board Members of the International Sport and Culture Association.
The aim of their work is to establish tangible research links and disseminate through peer reviewed publications, academic conferences, abstracts and presentations locally, nationally and internationally the outputs and outcomes of the work undertaken. This innovation contributes to the University's corporate goal of evidence based widening access, increasing interdisciplinary and collaborative research to advance knowledge by achieving international excellence and to transfer knowledge in support of economic, social and cultural development.