Upshot, the online application developed by the UK’s Football Foundation to manage, monitor and evaluate its community sports projects, has announced that 200 organisations are now actively using the system and is announcing plans for further expansion.
The Football Foundation originally developed Upshot to provide deeper insights into the impact of community projects and make it much easier for those organisations it funds to run their project and gather data. However, Upshot can be utilised by any funding or delivery organisation and is now being used by 200 not-for-profit organisations that use sport or other activity to tackle wider social issues.
Existing users include Homeless FA, Tennis Foundation, National Autistic Society, Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Bristol City Council and Barclays Spaces for Sports. All profits generated by Upshot are used to enhance the system further or are reinvested into community projects. Andrew Power, Strategic Manager at County Durham Sport, commented:
We needed to find a much more efficient solution to allow organisations we fund to track and report on the progress of their projects, moving away from paper based and spreadsheet systems and at the same time allowing us to apply a robust evaluation framework and process. Upshot has provided us with this solution and has importantly allowed us to implement a more automated approach to the follow up of individual participants, significantly reducing weeks of administrative time spent and minimising costs compared to the previous projects and programmes we ran.
Pictured: Former England and Middlesbrough FC Manager, and current Head Coach at Derby County FC, Steve McClaren, unveils the new changing pavilion in Ripley for Codnor Sports Charitable Trust, that was made possible thanks to a £310,353 grant from the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity.