A Sussex based community scheme to encourage young people into sport and the creative industries is up for a BBC Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Award next Monday evening due to its success.
“Crackit” which has been developed by FutureProof CIC and Brighton based design company Pleece & Co has engaged over 300 young people from schools across the Sussex area to become celebrated ‘Crackiteers!’ in just 12 months. Schools who have taken part include: Worthing High School, St Paul’s Catholic College (Burgess Hill), Imberhorne School (East Grinstead), Davison High School (Worthing), Varndean School (Brighton), Bexhill Academy and Shoreham Academy.
Working with partners such as Sussex Cricket, the Sussex FA, Lords Cricket Ground, and the Tennis Foundation, this innovative project uses the pull of comic art to get 11-16 year olds thinking creatively in the classroom and on the sports field.
Thanks also to the national Golf Foundation, the team have now added golf into the mix, which means schools can now access professional sports coaching across football, cricket, golf and tennis. The students join up for six weeks and through weekly sessions get motivated through inclusive training sessions followed by time back in the classroom learning about design, while creating characters linked to the sport they are playing.
“As a teacher Crackit! was the perfect opportunity for me to get to know quieter students without other more confident students over powering. It was truly magical to see them all bond as a group. I still see them all hanging out together now and we all have lots of funny inside jokes which is lovely.” Said one of the teachers in a post event survey
And from the testimonials the young students love it too.
The chance to play sport in a friendly environment means they make new friendship groups, interact with different students and access new experiences. The confidence this inspires translates to the design process with some great skills on show that would rival any Marvel or Pokémon artist. Each student receives free sports equipment featuring their character to inspire them to carry on playing and drawing. The response is mirrored in the following quotes from participants:
“Crackit has helped me boast my self-confidence and help me love P.E. more!”
“Crackit! was a wonderful opportunity where I managed to develop my PE and graphic design skills, as well as my ability to manage and lead a team throughout the 6-week time period.”
“Crackit! was very fun, and I would definitely recommend this to other schools!”
So being shortlisted for the BBC Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Award is very exciting for FutureProof CIC. Right now, they’re working with 60 students in Sussex schools but now need more help, awareness and funding to reach even more young people.
For more information about Crackit! go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/crackit, watch the video to see just how Crackit! works, and find out how your support can help inspire more young people to a healthier and more creative future.
The awards ceremony takes place on Monday 28th November 2016 at The Crown Plaza Hotel, Crawley, West Sussex.