Key Facts

  • Running in Middlesbrough, Sheffield and Stockton-on-Tees
  • Sporting Chance gets men aged 50 and over out of the armchair and into better health.

Some of our participants were lonely and isolated, others at a loose end and bored after bereavement or retirement, collectively all of them were looking for ‘something to do’. By taking part in these friendly, welcoming sessions these older men are now actively taking part in their community and lowering the risks of suffering from issues such as loneliness, depression and poor health.

There is something for everyone – no matter what level of fitness – from walking or football to cycling, healthy cooking to reminiscing sessions, the gym, outings, table tennis and so much more.

“ I never thought I would play football again, the game I love and have played all my life; I’m back into it again”, Sporting Chance Participant

Men can simply come in to a session and see what’s on offer or, if they have health concerns, they can access Sporting Chance through the G.P. referral system at their local surgery.

We’re already making a difference; in a recent survey of participants in Sheffield showed a total of 99% of participants said they had made new friends, 92%felt they had improved mobility, and 83% now eat a healthier diet to improve their physical health. The impact of these health outcomes led to 55% less visits to GP surgeries in Sheffield alone.

Sporting Chance’s impact has been incredible. Both the mental and physical wellbeing of the men engaged with the programme has improved dramatically, leading to a fall in medication use and visits to the GP” Head, Health Development Team, Middlesbrough Council

It is easy to get involved; just give us a call or drop us an email and come along and see what we do. Our great band of volunteers are always welcoming to new men on the project. Some of our participants attend one session a week, others four or five!

Taking the first step is the hardest bit. Once you’re in, you are ‘one of the lads’. Come along and see!“ 

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Thanks to our partners

Middlesbrough Public Health 
The National Lottery Community Fund
NHS Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group
People’s Postcode Lottery

Sporting Chance: Jeff’s Story

Jeff has suffered from mobility issues for years, and found his health issues made him feel quite low. But through volunteering with Sporting Chance he has felt more confident and outgoing.

Volunteering Matters chosen as Charity of the Week by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

  Volunteering Matters is this week’s players of People’s Postcode Lottery Charity of the Week. We feature on their website here. Every year thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, tens of thousands of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in communities across England, Scotland and Wales benefit from the support of Volunteering Matters. Our partnership … Continued

International Day of Older Persons

The 1st of October marks the International Day of Older Persons and we’d like to take the opportunity to celebrate the 8,700 older and retired people who share their time and talents each year by volunteering with us.

Sheffield over 50s given a Sporting Chance

Sheffield over 50s were joined by special guests including Anne Murphy, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield at Longley Four Greens Community Centre this week to celebrate the launch of Sporting Chance.

Sporting Chance group star in video to combat loneliness

Middlesbrough’s Sporting Chance group star in a film that forms part of a national campaign to expose the growing crisis of loneliness and encourage people to take action to overcome the problem as part of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.
Sporting Chance stockton-on-tees new project

Sporting Chance arrives in Stockton-on-Tees

Sporting Chance, our innovative project that addresses social isolation and poor physical and mental health amongst men aged 50+ in Middlesbrough, has been replicated in Stockton-on-Tees.

Sporting Chance hit the big screen

Sporting Chance, a project for men over 50 in the Middlesbrough area became film stars for the day when Leanne from Button Media Management came down to create a great new promotional video for them