The funding has enabled London Youth to host a series of holiday sports tournaments, giving young people from all across the capital the chance to have fun, compete and learn valuable lessons about sport and teamwork throughout the year. The funding is also providing 150 young people with training opportunities to lead activities within their local community gaining valuable skills and experience.
In February 2015, 300 young people from 21 youth organisations took part in the half term football tournament, with clubs from communities in Brixton, Streatham, Leytonstone, Hillingdon and all parts of London bringing teams of different age groups. A follow up tournament at Easter attracted even more young people, and followed on from a mixed table tennis competition in the same week, where young people had the chance to show their skills and enjoy a day breaking down barriers with peers from different parts of the city.
Jas Hothi, one of London Youth’s sports development officers, says: ‘Giving young people the chance to play sport in the school holidays seems to be something they really welcome. For lots of young people who may not be able to afford to go on organised trips, or whose parents or carers are working, the chance to go with your youth club to play in high quality tournaments, free of charge, is fantastic. We work with youth clubs every day to give young people who don’t usually play sport the chance to try something new, and taking part in a tournament is for many of them a great way of adding to their experience.’
The Foundation has also generously supported London Youth to offer more young people adventurous opportunities out of town, by funding the creation of a spectacular new tower and zip wire at the beautiful Hindleap Warren outdoor centre in Sussex. The centre is used every weekend by young people from youth clubs in London, and the tower represents a brilliant chance for them to challenge themselves to be the best they can be. The tower will be opened in the summer and will be fully accessible, so that young people with disabilities can enjoy the same thrilling experience as their peers and friends.
Keep an eye on London Youth’s website for more news about how young people and youth clubs can get involved in all of these activities www.londonyouth.org