LOVE Sport uses sport as a vehicle to engage with people in our community and ensure that we compliment everyone’s learning styles. By using sport as part of our education practices, we also aim to improve mental health support services for vulnerable people.
LOVE Sport is an extension of the charitable services offered by education and social care charity LOVE Learning and so it is part of the LOVE Group. Being part of the LOVE Group grants us access to professional training facilities and means we can also offer SQA accredited qualifications in different sectors.
It was initially established in response to a deep need for mental health and educational services for athletes, though it has evolved into a range of services for all members of our community.
Our services have expanded, and we now offer our support to all groups in society, from children with learning difficulties up to professional athletes transitioning to normal full-time employment. We take advantage of the benefits of also creative arts, music and the environment as tools in learning.
LOVE Sport services are delivered at 5 different levels: Community and Grassroots, Young People, Athletes, Sport Clubs and Parents.
LOVE Sport can be a responsive service and it offers intensive support for the mental health issues, gambling or drug and alcohol addictions that are prevalent in sport. We have a crisis helpline and 24-hour support for when it is needed most.
LOVE Sport offers sport programmes to schools and community groups, as we use sport as a tool to engage and promote change.
We currently have partnerships with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust (SPFL Trust). We are a Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA) approved training provider for sports clubs and Modern Apprenticeships, allowing us to link with major sporting clubs which have proven to be a very effective engagement tool.
The LOVE Group team has strength in depth and a flexible model to meet the needs of our target clients in appropriate ways. Agility and innovation are part of our core values and essential in working with the needs of our clients.
We have a core professional team with a combination of appropriate professional skills and qualifications – including sport, social care, education, careers, economics, coaching, mentoring and leadership – to develop support solutions and provide the right services to meet our client needs. This can be delivered for everyone, in any sector.