My Week: Brenda Kelly totes a giant cheque in the name of sport

The Northern Ireland manager for Sported, the sporting legacy charity of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, recounts her week

Brenda Kelly spends her week visiting community sports groups and promoting the charity's activities
Brenda Kelly spends her week visiting community sports groups and promoting the charity's activities

Monday: Normally I spend a lot of time out of the office, visiting community sports groups and mentors, building relationships with senior decision-makers and funders, and representing the charity at conferences and events. But today I'm in the office, preparing the next funding e-bulletin and paperwork relating to grant applications for the forthcoming assessment panel. In between, I phone new members to introduce myself and find out where they might require our support.

Tuesday: I have a great meeting with the Wave Trauma Centre, a charity that supports individuals traumatised by the troubles in Northern Ireland, about linking it up with a business mentor to develop a plan to increase its capacity and secure more funding. The charity does great work, so I'm looking forward to matching it with one of our volunteer mentors.

Wednesday: Seeing the impact that sport for development programmes can have on young people and their local communities is what the job is all about, and it never fails to impress me. So it's with a spring in my step - and novelty-sized cheque in hand - that I go to Londonderry to present a youth forum with a grant of £6,946. The money will be used to help 20 young people gain accreditations in kayaking, aquatic first aid and horse riding. They will be able to deliver outdoor sports programmes aimed at helping other disadvantaged people to build confidence and learn skills.

Thursday: Today I'm running a workshop that introduces members to Sportworks, our impact assessment tool that is designed to help them assess the social value and financial impact of their programmes. Securing funding is a big challenge for community sport groups, so it is hoped that providing evidence of impact will make it easier to achieve.

Friday: It's lights, camera, action - I'm stepping in front of the camera for a series of short 60 to 90-second films, featuring advice for our members. The first instalment is tips to support them in their funding applications.

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