About us

SportInspired’s vision is of communities connected with energy and passion, where people enjoy being active.

Our mission is to achieve this through fun and inclusive community programmes which bring together local businesses, sports clubs, schools and councils, inspiring new connections, lifeskills and opportunities.

Our story began back in 2004 when Richard Raynes helped to start a children’s rugby club in Hackney, London. After two years he was:

  • amazed at the positive impact his club had had on its members, but also
  • saddened by the fact that most young people believed there was nothing to do locally, turning to destructive activities instead.

    After consulting with people in the community surrounding the club, he called on some friends and together they delivered an event called “SportInspired, Hackney 2007".
The project was a success. Of course not everything worked perfectly, but there were enough positive outcomes to inspire Rich and his friend, Peter Thomond, to push the idea further. The investment bank UBS, then bravely stepped up in support of the project as part of their work in Hackney. As a result, Pete and Rich started to understand the extent to which businesses could support in bringing the community together, through providing new skills, resources and most importantly, role models. The business volunteers got back every bit as much as they put in, as did the business itself. A strong and sustainable business model therefore, started to develop. In the years to follow, SportInspired and their partner organisations (including schools, sports clubs, businesses and local authorities) developed the model to create something that can deliver maximum value to many people, with minimum resources.

SportInspired now has a unique and dedicated team which makes SportInspired an exciting, innovative and unique charity. We have now worked with 70,000+ people across the UK and have a strong vision, backed by big ambitions and careful planning of how to increase and develop further.

And the most important thing we've learnt along the way? We can't do it alone. We have created a simple platform for communities to use and create sustainable programmes which are tailored to them. We can facilitate, but it's the communities we work with that make the real difference.

people involved in SportInspired Games


schools involved


hours of volunteering


Games programmes run

Our People

Our small and dedicated team is supported by an amazing army of contract staff, interns, coaches and volunteers!

Richard Raynes


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Rich founded SportInspired and still brings his passion for impact, change and inspiration to young people that he ignited when it all began in 2007. As well as CEO, Rich heads up the operations of all SportInspired programmes, bringing his authentic passion and enthusiasm to as many events and festivals he can get to, experiencing the impact to young people and communities first hand. Rich is an energetic, inspiring and passionate leader, empowering his team to continue to excel, to grow and bring team spirit to all of their work from the office to the sports field.

Tyler Sikora

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George Kingston

Senior Programmes Manager

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George has been a Games Manager at SportInspired since 2015 and continues to make incredible, inspirational impact to the children and young people we work with. George runs the festivals, trains Young Leaders and does all the hard work in the background to bring the programmes to life. George is the glue in our programmes, building brilliant relationships in the communities we work with, from teachers, coaches to our partners.

Felix Sullivan

SportInspired Games Manager

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I graduated from Exeter University in the fall of 2012 and came across an out of date job listing from SportInspired. The position was a SportsInspired Games events manager for Give and Gain day 2012. It was out of date by maybe two or three months. But I saw ‘SportInspired’, clicked on the website, read what they’re about and was...

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  • We work with SportInspired because they know how to deliver for the community and for corporates.
    Nick Wright-Head Community Affairs, UBS
  • When I did 10 metres I felt great. I felt really happy when I did my 250. Everyone says “Well done” and “That’s great Lewis” and that makes me feel happy. It’s like an achievement of my life. It’s one of the best things I've ever done.
    Lewis Deller-Student at Valence Primary School
  • SportInspired’s Games aren’t just about having a fantastic day. It is great for business and delivers a foundation for promoting sports participation and accessing sport in the community, leaving a tangible and sustainable legacy we can all be proud of.
    Bob Thust-Marketing Director, Deloitte
  • You see the kids coming in and some of them are as quiet as anything, withdrawn, and they go out and they are maybe six inches taller than they were when they came in, you know, just on a complete high.
    Sky Volunteer
  • SportInspired’s approach has provided the Council with a platform that brings all key stakeholders together and helps us to align our projects and initiatives. In a recent Games programme, 92% of the 900 young people stated they were more likely to take up sport, had improved their team working skills, and had more confidence.
    Andy Knight-Group Manager for Community
  • I want to say how pleased me and my husband are about all the opportunities you have given my boy. He is really proud of himself and we are really proud of him as well.
    Mr. and Mrs. Williams-Barking and Dagenham Parents
  • Through working with SportInspired, I have gained many local contacts with schools, community clubs and local community. SportInspired has played a key role in helping to lay down a clear pathway to the community that will help further develop and inspire our children. Thames View Junior School has welcomed this with open arms, and so have many other schools in the Borough.
    Cameron Hall-PE Coordinator, Thames View Junior School
  • The games are great! It gives young people the opportunity to try a number of different sports and that is key. It has really raised the awareness of basketball in the community and has helped our school programmes grow from strength to strength.
    Barking & Dagenham Thunder Basketball Club
  • I had fun with my friends and it was the best day of my whole life!
    Stanley-Year 4 at Avonda
  • I deal with a lot of difficult customers on the phone, and whenever I get a difficult customer I just think of the day I was there and how happy the kids were.
    Sky Volunteer
  • Thanks for the amazing opportunity, the students loved it, and will remember it for a long time.
    Andrew Rogers-Teacher at Westminster City College
  • “SportInspired has become a key partner in the delivery of a lasting legacy of sports with our School Sports Partnership and its member schools. They clearly understand the needs of schools and young people when delivering their programmes, which are of the highest quality. We welcome any future involvement with the organisation and its employees, in helping to inspire a generation.”
    Craig-Sheffield School Sports Partnership

Some of our key partnerships

If you would like to work with us contact us today.