talkSPORT and Wickes combine with Cospa and VIY to help grassroots sports clubs

Tuesday 7th April 2015


talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, has launched a UK-wide competition, inviting grassroots sports clubs to nominate themselves for help in fixing and repairing their buildings and facilities.

The competition is being run in conjunction with Cospa’s VIY Volunteer It Yourself programme and Wickes.

Cospa Director and VIY co-founder Tim Reading explains: “We’re keen to hear from grassroots and community sports clubs that are struggling with poor facilities. Typical projects might involve improving changing room, shower and toilet facilities, creating or improving kitchen space, fixing a leaking roof or broken windows, or giving buildings an exterior or interior painting and decorating facelift.

“Although VIY has, to date, largely focused on improving youth clubs and community centres, we have already worked with a small number of grassroots sports clubs, such as Hall Green Boxing Club in Birmingham. And now, with talkSPORT’s involvement, we’re keen to identify many more sports clubs UK-wide that could benefit in similar ways.”

The talkSPORT competition is initially looking to identify and select one sports club that can be supported in mobilising its young members to help fix and repair their club’s facilities while also learning vocational trade and DIY skills in the process.

The club will also be supported in ‘doing it right’ by Wickes through the provision of free tools and materials and the support of local tradespeople, recruited via the local Wickes store, as skills mentors for the young people involved. The intention is to ultimately use this initial project to demonstrate the impact of the model and encourage more sports clubs to follow its lead.

Clubs wishing to submit a request for help should go to the talkSPORT website and complete the expression of interest form on the ‘Competitions’ page. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 19th April and shortlisted entries, selected by talkSPORT and Wickes, will be subsequently contacted by VIY for further assessment.