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Back in November 2012 the Upshot team
got an early Christmas present when the 50th
organisation began using Upshot and the team
also went global with the first overseas user –
Hong Kong Adventure Spor ts.
Whilst Upshot isn’t just aimed at organisations
which deliver spor t, two of its users focus on
using football as a vehicle to communicate their
messages, and they both cite Upshot as a key tool
in their ongoing search for all important funding.
Zesh Rehman was the first player of South Asian
origin to play in the Premier League when he
turned out for Fulham. Zesh, who currently plays
for Kitchee SC in Hong Kong, has always been
aware of football’s power to bring about social
change; the Zesh Rehman Foundation (ZRF) is
using Upshot to manage and evidence the impact
of its educational programmes.Working to tackle
community cohesion issues, it also offers young
people and adults the opportunity to develop
their coaching skills. Its work is hugely impor tant
to the communities it serves and evidencing its
success will ultimately open up more funding to
keep it growing.
ZRF currently works with groups in Croydon,
Bolton,Wandswor th and Liverpool, with the help
and assistance of a range of public and private
sector partners.
Also breaking down barriers is TheWheelchair
Football Association (WFA).TheWFA was
formed in 2005 to govern the spor t of Powerchair
Football in England and it is constantly trying to
source more funding and sponsorship to grow the
development of grassroots clubs.
Sam Bull is theWFA’s National Development
Manager. He commented:
“TheWFA started using
Upshot as part of a Football Foundation project.
“We were so impressed with its potential, that
we will be using it in the future to help track
and document the development of Powerchair
Football across England.
“The data Upshot provides will prove invaluable
to support future funding applications and shape
our areas of development.”
Beyond spor t, a diverse range of charities
and councils are also using Upshot to manage
successful projects in the fields of mentoring,
ar ts and health. Upshot can be implemented
by tiny stand-alone deliverers or funders
and commissioners who need to track large
scale programmes.
Riz Rehman, Operations Manager for ZRF, added:
“Prior to [Upshot], we used to do all data
collection, monitoring and reporting manually –
Upshot has meant we can save time and money.
It has also been very useful during presentations
to potential funders, as we can show them
live screen data in many formats about our
participants and the success of our work.”
With funding currently so hard to find and retain,
Upshot has the ability to help organsiations
differentiate themselves and really evidence
their achievements.
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| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 31