Canon Respect Programme

The CANON RESPECT Programme is a multi-agency approach to addressing a range of issues within local communities across South Yorkshire. The ‘Respect Programme is Project-managed and delivered by the Sheffield Sharks Basketball Club, in partnership with Canon Medical Systems Ltd, with delivery support from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. The programme works in primary schools in South Yorkshire. Central to this project is the use of the Sharks professional players as role models for children in priority areas of Sheffield, to encourage good citizenship and to take part in positive activities.

The programme is highly regarded by agencies within South Yorkshire and also throughout the region, having won the Best Programme Award at the National Housing Federation Community Impact Awards for Yorkshire in 2012.

Each year, the programme works with 1000 participants, and produces over 2,500 participant visits (cumulative total of number visits to sessions).

The ethos

• To encourage participation in Physical Activity (in this case Basketball)

• To encourage an understanding of community values, such as online safety, and the importance of leading healthy and sociable lifestyles.

What the programme delivers

• RESPECT Schools Visit – 3 Workshops (Basketball, Dangers of Smoking, Internet Safety)

• 6 hours-worth of basketball coaching

• Signposting and pathways to local basketball sessions to continue engagement

• Free Tickets to a Sheffield Sharks game at the Park Community Arena

• Attendance at the Annual Basketball Tournament at the Park Community Arena

School Basketball Coaching visits takes place at each school, and delivery consists of 6 hours per school, to encourage participation in sport.

A Sheffield Sharks player or community coach delivers a weekly session to a maximum of 30 students per session. There is also an opportunity for a teacher or parent to assist in these sessions and learn the basics of coaching and playing basketball.

For further information, please contact Sarah Banks (Community Manager, B. Braun Sheffield Sharks)

Telephone: 07971 075625