We are a London charity that uses sport to engage young people from the most deprived areas to improve their life chances. We work with young people in communities across London, where over two thirds of participants are living in high levels of deprivation.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 23 June 2020 to 6:00 PM, 3 July 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1098744)
Almost 40% of young people are living in deprivation in London and 700,000 of them are growing up in poverty. Living in deprivation has numerous negative effects on a young person: they have fewer opportunities to develop their social, emotional and cognitive skills, are far more likely to feel disengaged in school and are three times more likely to have a mental illness than children in the best-off households.
To counter the negative effects of growing up in poverty, we: Work in communities across London where over 2/3 of young people are living in high levels of deprivation. Run 50 projects with state schools. Employ sports coaches to deliver full-time extracurricular programmes that include breakfast, lunch and after-school youth clubs that empower and inspire young people growing up in disadvantage to develop life skills. Provide opportunity for coaches to mentor and inspire young people.
Table tennis has taught me to work hard, to be dedicated, committed, to balance my time and to achieve greater things in life. I think I would be a very different person without it.
You can talk to Coach and tell him anything you want, and he won’t judge. He will see both sides and listen to your point of view. The relationship we have is so close and has kept me out of trouble.
What Coach taught me was more than basketball – he taught me the game of life. What it meant to be a man and a team player, taking responsibility and being respectful. He was a friend, a coach, a brother, and a father figure. And I was so lucky to have that in my life.
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