Vi-Ability aims to address the issues of commercially unsustainable sports clubs and youth disengagement in education.
The social enterprise was founded by Kelly Davies, an ex-international football player, with a mission for every community to have a thriving and financially stable sports club providing opportunities for individuals to develop their skills and broaden their horizons.
Vi-Ability introduces individuals to the commercial management of sports clubs and teaches them how to design, plan and run activities that help raise money for the sports club, and make a real difference to the community in which they are based. This helps participants develop employability and life skills, while supporting the running of local sporting organisations. The organisation has also developed a BTEC qualification in Football Industries, and will be releasing in 2014 an exclusive ILM qualification in ‘Management & Leadership within the sports industry’.
To date 88% of all participants have gone on to secure employment and the clubs that are involved are 50% more profitable and have a greater connection with the local community through the development of community outreach programmes. Vi-Ability was named the best UK start-up at the 2011 Social Enterprise Awards.