Blastbeat has since run its life skills through music and social enterprise programme In the UK since 2009 very successfully in over 150 schools & youth clubs.
Blastbeat has changed the lives of many young people and communities for the better including…
So between 2015 and 2017 Blastbeat downsized and only ran a small number of Blastbeat programmes in the West Midlands.
Blastbeat partnered with UnLtd as one of 21 charities they chose to deliver the ‘Do IT For Real’ programme whereby Blastbeat worked and grant aided young social entrepreneurs between 2015 and 2017, while at the same time developing a new direction and purpose with the FootBeat programme.
For Blastbeat to scale and make the biggest impact and reach its true potential the charity now needs to deliver its new FootBeat programme in to football academies. This will be done digitally on any screens via an e-learning and social media type platform as well as with mentors directly to football academy scholars.
We also believe the best place for Blastbeat to develop and spread nationally and Internationally is in Football academies and clubs, followed by most other team and sports clubs.
Blastbeat Education UK has secured grants or funding since 2009 from The Big Lottery Fund, The Dept. for Education, The UK Cabinet Office, UK Music and UnLtd plus sponsorship from Barclays and O2 as well as private donations.
Blastbeat leverages young people’s passion in music, sport, social media, multimedia and earning money to engage them in a structured and proven ‘learning by doing’ process.
Participants set up their own Event Social Enterprise (ESE) to organise a concert / battle of the acts for their peers, plus a sporting event (e.g. 6 a side football tournament of an e-sport FIFA tournament). They donate 25% of their profits to a local cause or charity of their choosing.
Blastbeat has two competitions in one: the first is around social enterprise and event creation; the other is around original music. The ESE teams compete to create the best events promoting team, they can get BTec/ GCSE, or A Level credits for successful completion of the programme.
Participants decide their own ‘jobs” from 14 roles on offer to engage in a national competition based around being the best events team or ESE in the country.
They all come together to present their work and get their final marks at the end of the programme at a social enterprise showcase. They also participate in the Blastbeat Finals in a major venue where the best ESE’s gain awards and funding going forward.
The best acts the ESE’s have discovered compete to be the best music acts at a major music showcase of unsigned talent with big headline acts
Dedicated staff and local mentors will be using the new interactive Blastbeat / FootBeat ‘Enterprise Social Media Platform’ that will support delivery within football academies and clubs.
Participants partake in sustainable, fun, enterprise creation activities with proven pedagogy and strong career creation opportunities. Thus they acquire key workplace, life skills and alternative careers.
Young people will benefit from real and practical exposure to wider social, moral and cultural education, encouraging more responsible, engaging citizens. Scholars establish lasting cross community intergenerational community relationship.
Blastbeat unlocks the potential of participants to do their best and builds bridges between the world of education and the workplace.
Blastbeat develops a creative youth movement for community social capital creation, with a proven pedagogy that works in schools, colleges, youth and sporting clubs in the UK since 2009.