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APM Project Challenge – Our Story Part 2

Last week we posted part 1 of our APM Project Challenge Story. Below is part 2, enjoy.

Fundraising

To maximise our collections, we spent time with the TRT sponsor to enable us to competently speak about the charity publically. We were proud to attend two rugby matches to fundraise and raised £187.00. We sourced T-shirts, personalised buckets and charity ID tags to make us feel part of TRT. BristolvEaling Fundraising

We contacted over 100 organisations for raffle prizes and donations and we received some encouraging support:

“Well done to all concered, a worthy cause” – Julie Thomas, Wales Rugby Union reprensitive

“What a superb project you are involved in” – Tim Wainwright, England Rugby Union Social Responsibility Manager

We undertook (or will be undertaking) the following fundraising activities:CardiffvFrance Fundraising

  • Fitness Challenge
  • 15,000 ft. sky dive
  • Collection pots in local establishments
  • A prize draw
  • Cross channel swim (May)
  • Coast – to – coast bike ride – (July)

Summary

We achieved all objectives, delivered to success criteria, managed requirements and have a plan to realise the benefits. We are disappointed to report that the target of £5,000 was not met. We raised £2,500 and have developed a roll-out plan to ensure this project makes a significant impact to this fantastic charity and deserving recipients.

The project has provided us with many lessons and new project management skills that we can use throughout our careers. We have taken foundation qualifications, however the theory and reality have been very different. We undertook the work mostly in our own time.

We have reached the milestone set by the APM Challenge, but this is not the end. Fundraising will continue &  we will be supporting the TRT with the eLearning rollout. Future plans include a trip to Uganda this summer to see how our fundraising has supported the TRT.

On 11/04/16 we received notice that we had made the finals of APM Project Challenge! We are all so happy and pleased our hard work has been recognised and we will get the chance to present to all participating teams and their sponsors at the Finals night on April 28th in Bristol.

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APM Project Challenge Update

Since October 2015, Team Aspire Europe have been working hard raising money for the Tag Rugby Trust and taking part in the APM Project Challenge.  Our final report was submitted on 18th March and today we received notice that Team Aspire Europe have made the finals of APM Project Challenge!

We are all so happy and pleased our hard work has been recognised and we will get the chance to present to all participating teams and their sponsors at the Finals night on April 28th in Bristol.

We would like to thank everyone who supported us during Project Challenge and helped us raise an amazing £2,907,74 for the Tag Rugby Trust. TRT will now be using that money to purchase equipment to screen our eLearning modules that were created to build project management skills for the young leaders of the TRT. As well as this they will use the money to support the branches of TRT all over the world.

Team Aspire Europe will ensure to keep you all updated and provide a review of our presentation after the final on April 28th and thank you once again for the support to help such an worthwhile charity.

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APM Project Challenge – Our Story Part 1

In October 2015 Team Aspire (TA) met Lucky and Fortunate, two participants of the Tag Rugby Trust (TRT) Uganda branch. At just 10Project Challenge Photo years old, we were inspired by Lucky’s ambition to create a bright future for herself. When presented with the opportunity to compete in Project Challenge, TA thought this was the perfect way to make a difference through the TRT.

Planning Stage

The plan proved more challenging than anticipated despite TA being PRINCE2®/AMPIC qualified. We realised our conscious incompetence when working on an actual project. It was challenging moving from colleagues, to a performing team. On plan submission, we received a blow. An issue arose from the APM board – our project may have been out of scope due to not being “local” enough, there was concern expressed about the benefits in the feedback. This was resolved as the TRT is a deserving charity with Bristol Headquarters and we were allowed to proceed.

Moving into Delivery 

Workstream 1 – eLearning

Initially the intention had been to use our Project Fundamentals course as base materials. However, we were presented with a video from Uganda of the young leaders discussing project management. We realised that we had overestimated their literacy. Therefore a re-write was needed to match their ability and make the content suitable for the audience.

The video was a fantastic morale boost and reminder of our purpose.

Workstream 2 – Raising Awareness

An important early task for us was setting up a Social Media campaign and completing daily updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Just Giving. This resulted in a social media following of over 250 people including international rugby players.

All Aspire employees added links to the sites in their signatures. We communicated with 3,000 clients & suppliers through regular blog and newsletter updates, supported by emails and calls explaining our challenge. This resulted in a client contacting Aspire Fundraisng Prepoffering technical support for the eLearning creation.

We met with a local journalist which resulted in our project being featured in three media publications (Gordano Living, The Mercury and North Somerset Times) to increase publicity. Upon reflection, we should have followed these publications with regular updates to raise further awareness and engagement from the community.

 

We will be posting part 2 next week. This will cover the Fundraising and the overall summary.

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APM Project Challenge Update

The Aspire Europe APM Project Challenge Team are pleased to announce that they now have reached the delivery milestone set out Project Challenge Photoin the project plan and  have now completed and submitted the project final report. On Monday the 11th of April they will found out if they have been short-listed as finalists. Fingers crossed!

Many Thanks to all those who donated to the project.

Next week, we will be blogging the teams story (in two parts) of working on the project.

For any further information or to make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Aspire-Europe

 

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Aspire Europe – the big sporting weekend

This weekend sees two major sporting events for the team at Aspire Europe Ltd.

Team Sky Dive – we are reaching the end of the APM project challenge competition into which Aspire Europe entered two teams. One was made up of in-house team in Portishead the second was for one of our clients, Plymouth City Council.  The big money raising event for the in-house team is a skydive on Friday the 17th March, where two members (Alice Sowden and Sam Jenkins) of the team will be jumping out of an air plane at 15000 feet for a mighty free-fall. More details can be found at the at their just giving page, the beneficiaries will be a local charity that provides education and support to the underprivileged in Africa, and they do this by establishing rugby academies.

Match Sponsorship – Plymouth Argyle v Luton Town – if Sam and Alice survive the sky dive they will be joining the rest of the Aspire team and one or two clients for the  match sponsorship. This is a special occasion for our longest serving member of staff, Mike Moore, who has been a lifelong Luton Town fan, and Rod Sowden (the owner of Aspire) has been a lifelong Plymouth fan, we will sort out office bragging rights at the Theatre of Greens rather than the office for a change. Mike is planning to retire in foreseeable future so we are grabbing this opportunity to make him the guest of honour at the game.

Hopefully everyone out their will have just a good of weekend.

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APM Project Challenge Update

Our fundraising at rugby matches is complete and we raised £187.00 in total. The team fund-raised at the Wales v France six nations match in Cardiff on Friday night (as well as Bristol Rugby vs Ealing Trailfinders game at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol 12/02/16) and were lucky to catch a glimpse of Prince William as he drove into the stadium to watch the match!

BristolvEaling Fundraising

CardiffvFrance Fundraising

For any further information or to make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Aspire-Europe and we hope to provide more exciting updates soon.

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Talking About Project Management to the Ugandan Young Leaders

On a visit to Uganda last week, Rob Newman (the Tag Rugby Trust Treasurer) had a heart warming chat with the Uganda young leaders about project management. As part of our fundraising, we are creating a project management eLearning course and raising money for tablets to enhance the young leaders knowledge skill set for the future. We are proud to be a part of creating a future for these bright young people

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