The Opportunity Enhancement Trust has developed from the work of both MMPG Ltd and the NGR Foundation Ltd.
The initial project of the then NGR Foundation involved giving young people with an interest in football the support to take on the role of reporters at live games, mainly in the Highland League. This is known as the Sports Journalism Project. There were no prerequisites with regard to the applicants’ academic achievements. The Sports Journalism Project (SJP) is ongoing.
Reporters have their work published online at www.hflhub.co.uk as well as in a range of newspapers and on television (matchday vidiprinters on BBC / Sky). One success story in this field is that a former OET reporter moved on to take a staff job as a sports reporter for the Press and Journal. Currently there are a number of teenagers whose work is being published by a range of papers including the Sunday Post, Press and Journal and local titles such as the Forres Gazette.
A lottery-funded feasibility study laid the foundations for the NGR Foundation being renamed as the Opportunity Enhancement Trust which went on to gain charitable status in December 2013.
OET looks to provide greater opportunities for young people to develop their skills, enhance their education and gain engaging work experience within fields that interest them such as sport, music, the arts etc.
At present, OET courses are focused on football.