We need your help to grow

In 2012 David Pinchin saw a gap in the charity market for pre-NEET school leavers from disadvantaged backgrounds that were bright and yet, because of their circumstances, would probably never fulfill their potential.  State schools and particularly those in inner city deprived areas do not prepare young people for the world of work.  School leavers from this kind of background do not have social capital or adequate guidance. Determined to make a difference and provide social mobility for bright enthusiastic young people, with a focus on diversity and equality, the charity Leadership Through Sport & Business was born.

Funding History

“Angel” investors David Pinchin, Lord (Jim) O’Neill of Gatley and Michael Spencer (through ICAP’s charity day) provided the seed capital for the charity in 2012 and 2013.  In 2014 LTSB received long-term grants (3 years+) from the Macquarie Group Foundation and Futures for Kids, the charity arm of the FIA.

We have a proven track record – and now want to expand.

We are in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • The Government is committed to “increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England, reaching 3 million starts in 2020.”
  • Post BREXIT the new Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to ‘fight burning injustices’ and said “we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us”
  • Justine Greening MP, now Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, said “Driving opportunity and social mobility has to be at the centre of government for the rest of this parliament and far beyond.”
  • Businesses have a significant part to play in achieving the government’s and the country’s objectives and will of course benefit from a more diverse and balanced work force.

LTSB helps disadvantaged young people become the best versions of themselves, building their confidence, skills and network and then giving them access to a career in accounting and finance through an AAT Level 3 apprenticeship. The impact of our work is transformative and has a far-reaching and long-term positive effect on the young people, their families, their communities, the economy and society as a whole.

Support for growth

LTSB aims to scale up operations in London, Birmingham and Manchester in 2016-17 and to add Liverpool, and possibly Ipswich, Newcastle or Reading in 2017-18. To achieve this expansion we need to secure further core funding. 

How you can get involved:

  • Introduce LTSB to your CSR and grant giving teams.
  • Provide core funding to help us grow the charity (charitable donation, Diversity & Inclusion strategic grant, long term partnership opportunities).
  • Provide funding for a cohort of apprentices in a new location where your organisation has a particular need.
  • Introduce LTSB to other parts of your organisation or to other contacts in companies who could provide employment or funding opportunities.
  • Take on an apprentice in your Finance team.

Are you an Individual who would like to support Leadership Through Sport & Business?

  • Mentoring – you could mentor one of our young people for approximately 1 hour a month over a 9 month period.
  • Volunteering  – we often need help with event organisation, recruitment, accessing young people who really need our help, assisting with open days, introducing us to employers.
  • Raising funds through sporting challenges or other activities and / or donations.  Leadership Through Sport is registered with Just Giving and UK taxpayers supporting your challenge will benefit from Gift Aid. Donations can also be made at via PayPal.
  • Sponsoring an individual student!
  • Attending our fundraising events.  See details of our 5th Anniversary “Future of Football” Dinner on 20th October.

Support Leadership Through Sport & Business today and make a positive difference to This Generation and The Next!

If you or your organisation would like to help us make a positive difference in the lives of young people, their families and their communities, please contact: caroline.adair@leadershipthroughsport.org