A project showcasing the results of team sports played by West Midland secondary schools is the latest beneficiary of Channel 4’s public service innovation fund 4iP.
Regional screen agency Screen WM will match fund the investment into AllTeams out of its Digital Media Fund. Details of the figures invested have not been released.
AllTeams will base a small team in the West Midlands for the duration of the project and will be working with Birmingham-based Made Media on the production of the site. The project, called SCORES, will feature results for more than 40 schools based in the Black Country, Birmingham and Hereford & Worcester and is the first stage of an ambitious project by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to commission a national database of school sports results.
The site will be free for schools to use but 4iP anticipates SCORES will be financial sustainable if the DCMS goes on to commission a national database of school sports results as part of its ongoing commitment to building a vibrant sports culture across the UK. The national database could operate for all five to 19-year-olds involved in the widest range of school sports.
Head of 4iP Tom Loosemore said: “A key ambition of 4iP is to use the power of digital networks to engage, inspire and reconnect young people and help them change their lives.
“The Schools Sports Results website is a fantastic initiative that, if effective, will encourage more children in England to become involved in playing sports.”
Jason Hall, head of innovation for Screen West Midlands, said: “This is another great example of how the West Midlands is steadily building its reputation at the forefront of digital innovation – particularly around using digital and social media for social good. “We are delighted to be supporting AllTeams through the delivery of this project and hope that this regional pilot can act as another shining example of good practice and great design that can be rolled out nationally in the very near future.”