StreetGames Awarded First Top Rating by Quest

‘Excellent’ rating reflects the charity’s work to improve personal, social and community outcomes

StreetGames, a charity working to change lives and communities through sport, has been judged ‘excellent’ by assessors of the newly established Quest Sport for Development Model. The charity is the first national organisation to be assessed against the model which reflects the priorities within Government and Sport England for sport and physical activity, and the contribution it can make to wider social outcomes.

Launched in 1996, Quest remains the sport and leisure industry’s only recognised Quality Assurance Tool for sports development and physical activity. The new two day assessment focuses on organisations working to promote sport for good.

Commenting on the formation of the accreditation model, David Monkhouse, Co-Director Leisure-net Solutions and Quest Assessor, said: “The new Quest Sport for Development Model has been designed specifically for agencies working to improve personal, social and community outcomes. By working closely with these organisations to gather and ensure best practices, we are hoping to create a local consortia of agencies working in the field. This way, we can bring people together to benchmark performance and support the adoption of quality outreach.”

On presenting the accolade at StreetGames’ annual conference, Sport England’s CEO Jennie Price commented: “As we work to encourage a more active nation, we rely on organisations such as Quest and StreetGames to create a more productive, sustainable and responsible sport sector. With improved governance and increased diversity in leadership, comes the opportunity for more people to become involved with, and benefit from, sport. Sport can be a powerful force for good so we must combine forces to reach inactive people, understand what motivates them, and remove any barriers in their way.”

This year, StreetGames’ annual conference focuses on the leadership and development of young people, and improving neighbourhoods through the provision of sport to aid physical and mental health and wellbeing. A specific session on Quest looks at the benefits of Quest accreditation for community sport providers.

Speaking on the rating and its development, StreetGames’ CEO Jane Ashworth said: “It is always great to have our work acknowledged as being best in class but to be the first to receive the top rating by Quest’s Sport for Development Model is particularly exciting. Our team works tirelessly to support communities, and the introduction of a platform to mark and share best practices, is most welcome. It’s important we all come together to ensure all people, even those who live in the most disadvantaged communities, have access to support and the benefits it can bring to both physical and mental health”.

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