A Team on a Mission

We are a mental health and wellbeing service that exists to empower young people to become happy, healthy and community-transformers!

There are thousands of young people who can be magnetised by Basketball then led to greater wellbeing and to have a powerful impact on their own community.

Our Community and Vision

We empower young people (aged 10-25) through our programmes to:

  • BALL | Enabling engagement, progression and enjoyment in the Sport of Basketball.
  • BE | Educating about mental and emotional well-being, exploring the value of character and identity, as a foundation for impacting current and future life circumstances.
  • BETTER | Facilitating practical experiences with local charities and community organisations, to discover how to make the world better.

Power | Our Impact

1472
Young People and Adults, aged 10-25, attended a 4+ week or 4+ hour GB journey (average over two years)
87%
Reported that our GB journey positively impacted their wellbeing and physical activity levels (average over two years)
63%
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (average over two years)
30% +
Receiving support through Free School Meals, Additional Needs Provision and H.A.F. eligible (average over two years)
58%
Girls and Young Women are a valued proportion of the Guardian Ballers Community (average over two years)
“The elite players found the sessions relatable to their every day lives.. they came and told me that they now had tools to take back to their local settings… I wish I had this sort of support when I was a young professional player!”
Danny Williams (Basketball England Talent Manager)
After a Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Workshop at England Central SuperHub

Our Supporters and Partners

Our work is supercharged through partnerships and funding!
We acknowledge, honour and thank all of our supporters for enabling us to empower a generation of ‘Guardian Ballers’!

Programmes | Our Services

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Referrals and Targeted Intervention (1-to-1 or small groups)

Bespoke 4 week to 12/18 month journeys within a safe setting, upon request of a lead organisation or support-network.

School Programmes and Whole-School Enrichment Delivery

Wellbeing Health-Checks of a Whole School, PE lessons, PSHE lessons, Extra-curricular, Themed days, School teams, Interventions and Referrals, Staff CPD and more!

Community Hubs

Bespoke evening Community-based BALL-BE-BETTER journeys for young people across multiple postcodes and backgrounds. Two-hour sessions including Basketball and Wellbeing development, and snacks too! A journey that creates friendships, deepens understanding and takes fun to another level.

Workshops and Seminars

Over 10 different Workshops and Seminars that provide a theory and/or classroom-based extension of our practical court-side delivery. Multiple sessions across themes of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Entrepreneurship, Race and Diversity, Multi-Faith and more.

Upcoming Events | Book Now

“RE-PRESENT” Guardian Ballers Leaders Development Journey (Applications Open)

Ages 15-25; Creative/Media and Coach/Player bespoke pathways
5-6 month journey starting May 2024; Various development and engagement sessions | Application Deadline is April 17th
FREE | Funded/Sponsored Development Pathway- Limited places.
Various locations across Coventry
The “RE-PRESENT” Leaders Development Journey is a six month journey (funded by the National Lottery Community Fund - Awards for All) developing leaders (aged 15-25) with tools and experiences to empower their communities to carry the Guardian Ballers culture. Various BALL, BE and BETTER experiences tailored to Creative and Coach pathways.

Clash of The Courts (Collab with PYF)

14-25 year olds (ONLY)
Thursday 18th April; 6:15pm doors open
FREE | Book Ticket in advance via Eventbrite
Sidney Stringer Academy, CV1 in Coventry
PYF & Guardian Ballers are teaming up for 'Clash of The Courts'- an NBA inspired community basketball event- which will see players from their weekly 'Positive Futures' session compete for the Crown! Guaranteed good vibes, entertainment and more!