Sport is what makes us unique 

The Government provides the National Referral Mechanism (NRM*) which identifies victims of trafficking but has no long term rehabilitation solutions.

The United Nations recognizes that when taught properly, physical activity and play can become a valuable method for rehabilitation and reintegration into society for victims of trafficking.[**]

Working with survivors we have seen first hand the fundamental difference sport and physical activity makes. Many of those who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation have a sense of disconnection from their bodies and we have found that a holistic approach helps reengage, build confidence and trust .

Just one of our projects in Oxfordshire delivers direct and preventative services to 4 children and young people who are some of the most vulnerable and at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation. We are providing them with sporting chances and opportunities for a year.

Your donations enable us to:

Action

Sport for Freedom inspires and gives a clear call to action, offering exciting sporting challenges and adventures. We also give you the opportunity to dream up your own way of making a difference and being part of our community.

Education

Sport gives us the power to educate and engage a wide audience, as well as bringing unity and collaboration.

Rehabilitation 

For as little as £75 you can impact the life of a survivor in the UK.

Our three rehabilitation programmes include:

FIRST STEPS £75 – £150 per survivor

Working with safe houses in the UK we offer survivors who are in the NRM (*) the chance to take up a sport or physical activity.

Our First Steps programme gives the survivor freedom to choose an activity. We are already providing: swimming lessons, gym membership with personal trainer, horse riding, African dance classes, to name but a few.

ULTIMATE DAY £450 – £700

Available for survivors and safe house staff helping to create community and a fun day out.

Our Ultimate Day programmes are tailor made. A day would include horse riding, going to an adventure park, or kayaking. Our team goes the extra mile with great food and personalized gifts.

SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP £400 – £1000

Our Sports Scholarship is a continuation of our First Steps programme providing long term rehabilitation. We create bespoke sporting chances and opportunities because each survivor is unique. Some examples: Annual gym membership, a season ticket and tennis lessons.

Our Sports Scholarship funds are also available for vocational training, education and career development.

(*) NRM

The National Referral Mechanism is a process set up by the Government to identify and support victims of trafficking in the UK. It was born out of the Government’s obligation to identify victims under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Human Trafficking, which came into force on 1 February 2008.

[**] “Physical activity and play, if taught and conducted properly, can serve as a very valuable method for rehabilitation and social reintegration into society,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke said in Abuja, Nigeria, where he is attending the 3rd African Union (AU) sports ministers conference.

From: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=32551#.VS-vglyRLFI