What is the Chances programme ?

The chances programme is an evidence based sport and activity programme based on 20 years or research with organisations in the Sport for Development sector. It embraces influences from the sport, youth work and criminal justice sectors and is defined by a purposeful intention to change , rather than simply manage, young people’s behaviour and lives. 

The Chances programme is aligned with current Government policy, articulated through ‘Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation’ (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 2015) and ‘Towards An Active Nation’ (Sport England, 2016). Both strategies are focused on the use of sport and physical activity to improve personal, social and community development outcomes through the use of insight, behaviour change principles and partnership working. 

The measurable outcomes of Chances include:

  • Reducing Inactivity Levels
  • Improving Employment Prospects
  • Reducing Offending and Reoffending
  • Improving School attendance

What happens on the programme?

Young people learn new skills and push themselves to achieve qualifications

Activities include:

    • Archery
    • Tree Climbing
    • Paddle Boarding
    • Raft Building
    • Canoeing
    • Orienteering
    • Zip Wire
    • Climbing Wall
    • Mountain Biking
    • Tag Archery
    • Shelter Building
    • Kin Ball
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Geocache Adventure
    • Photopoly
    • Beat the Clock
    • Rollercoaster Tycoon
    • Bush Tucker Challenge
    • Search and Rescue

Qualifications and Training include:

    • Leadership – CIMPSA accredited
    • First Aid  – Qualsafe accredited
    • Citizen Aid– Qualsafe accredited
    • Food Safety – Qualsafe accredited
    • Mental Health First Aid – Qualsafe accredited
    • Employability Training

Where is the Chances Programme Taking Place

The Chances programme is taking place within three areas of Doncaster:

  • Stainforth
  • Moorends
  • Thorne

For more information or to make referrals to the programme call 01302 354004 or email