Our Club

Unleash the untapped potential inside

We believe everyone has a talent - it just needs to be discovered or developed. Our Club is a unique programme that uses cutting edge sports coaching techniques to do exactly that, transforming members of the long-term unemployed into positive, productive employees.

The key is Our Club's holistic, behaviour-led approach. It focuses on developing the individual, with the first six weeks of the programme spent getting them mentally "work-ready" by focusing on four key pillars of development - life skills, job skills, health and wellbeing, and community and citizenship. This emphasis on behavioural development and not job skills development also means Our Club is entirely industry-independent and dovetails perfectly with WDR's wider in-work learning offer, enabling individuals to progress as far and as fast as their talent allows.

Our Club is effective, ambitious and - crucially - sustainable. Over 500 people have completed the programme with 87% of candidates gaining employment and 77% still in work six months later. As a result, Our Club has won both government recognition and awards including IGD Employability Award for best-in-class employability initiative and the HR Distinction Award for best employment programme.

We are proud to have created long standing partnerships with employers who have seen and experienced the real benefits of supporting Our Club.

Key benefits:

  • A highly flexible, bespoke programme of tailored development designed to get members of the long term unemployed into meaningful, sustainable work.
  • Our Club provides a pipeline of new recruits with a positive, work-ready attitude and supports employers' CSR agenda, helping companies to help the communities in which they operate.
  • By teaching the behaviours essential for success, Our Club works in any business sector.

Don't just take our word for it though, here are some testimonials from our employer partners and some of our fantastic Our Club candidates.

Matthew Ashforth is a phenomenal team member and a fantastic asset to our team here at Sheffield CC Angel Street. He radiates enthusiasm and enjoys every task. He has become an extremely versatile employee working in Housekeeping, Reception, Breakfast, Dinner and Bar. Matt is an Ambassador for Premier Inn and he receives regular compliments from our guests and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team. I have no doubt that Matt has a bright future ahead of him and we have briefly spoken about future opportunities further down the line should he want to progress.

Elaine Wattam, Operations Manager, Premier Inn

When I first started at Our Club I had no confidence, I would never stand up in front of anybody. I had no focus in life and I didn't know what I wanted to do as a career. I've taken part in a number of programmes in the past, but I've achieved so much more with Our Club. Now, I know what I want to do, I have focus, and I'm looking forward to the future. After four weeks' work experience with William Hill, they offered to fast track me through to be a trainee Deputy Manager at their new store. I'm shocked!

Daniel, Our Club Delegate

These young people are far better equipped to get jobs, and will in turn inspire others to develop the same robust practical skills which they have just learned themselves. All in all a great, joined-up system.

The RT Hon Francis Maude MP,
Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General

The attitude of the individuals we've met on the programme has been excellent. We are really on board with giving people an opportunity even if they don't have any work experience - it's all about attitude. Our best Operative so far has been someone with no warehouse experience. It's impossible to know who has the most potential from a CV so I think the workplace element of the Our Club programme is excellent.

Rebecca Tipper, Wincanton Hr Manager

It is very obvious that everyone who has gone through the programme is now job ready and that's where the difference has come from; there has been a massive improvement in their self confidence, their awareness and responsibilities in the workplace and just their overall demeanour.

Ed Block, DWP Finance, Compliance
and Employer Engagement Manager