The ambition of this charity is to help other young people through participation in sport and outdoor activities to develop similar positive behaviours and values to enhance their lives – and be happier people. Like Allegra.
A second ambition of Allegra’s charity is for young people to become involved in building the charity with their own ideas & challenges. Our vision of Allegra’s Ambition is clear – but there are many ways of achieving it. Allegra was always proactive and she had great ideas. If it was fun, if it was a challenge, if it was inclusive, if the goal was worthwhile – then Allegra wanted to do it.
Our charity will initially support established charities with goals that achieve our aims and with demonstrated track records of good management and good results. These are likely to include small and local charities. In the future, we may also support specific projects, groups of people or individuals.
The Charity has no set up or ongoing administration costs. These will all be paid separately or funded directly by us (i.e. secretarial, postage, legal, website) while it remains a small / medium scale Charity. => Every £ donated will be for or go to the beneficiaries.
Sports bring many benefits on multiple levels:
- Taking part in sport is fun. It offers a fun, engaging, primary experience. If young people are enjoying themselves, they are likely to be in a better mood and a more positive frame of mind.
- Sport is good for your physical health. It helps young people protect themselves against obesity, and lack of fitness.
- Sport is good for your mental health and well-being.
- Sport offers something to look forward to and a balance in life. Sport offers a balance to academic work which can improve concentration and performance levels in the classroom and in other pursuits. For many young people, having a sporting activity to look forward to significantly improves motivation levels in the other activities they are doing in the day.
- Sport offers something that can be developed as an interest or a hobby. Typically, we are all creatures of habit – so it is important to get into good habits!
- Sport is good for making friends and building social confidence. It encourages socialising with other like-minded young people which offers the opportunity to build friendships and social confidence. Also, they are inclusive.
- Sport teaches how to compete. The ability to compete, including the determination to do your best, and learning how to deal with adversity and losing is an important skill in life.
- Sport builds self-confidence. Achievement in sport or knowledge of an outdoor activity also builds self-confidence.
- Sport promotes teamwork.
Spending more time connected with nature and doing outdoors activities provides enjoyment, primary experience, a balance in life and an appreciation of the wider world and its beauty. Spending more time outdoors and connected to nature also provides opportunities for positive social interaction, forming friendships and building social confidence.
In addition, this experience can involve interaction with animals which not only can bring enjoyment and recreation but which also can foster empathy, caring and a sense of responsibility.
There is a clear overlap between involvement in sport and involvement in outdoors activities because many sports are played outside. However, we believe that both objectives can offer important benefits independently. For example, there is no reason why indoor sports cannot offer the same benefits as outdoor sports and for children in an inner city environment, for example, this may be more practical. Also, not every young person enjoys or is able to participate in sport but they can equally benefit from being outdoors and appreciating nature.
Participation in sport and connected with nature with outdoors activities can also help young people develop positive values and behaviours.