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Sports in a special educational needs setting: Yasir’s story

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What are ‘special educational needs’? Special educational needs (SEN) can be defined as the fact that some people have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. This can include behavioural or social conditions, difficulty with reading and writing or understanding things and concentrating, and physical needs or impairments. What does a Greenhouse Sports… Read more »

Why Sport?

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This year, the theme of National School Sports Week is #celebratePE. The week-long campaign, run by Youth Sports Trust, represents a chance to encourage pupils to get active and engage in regular exercise within their schools. Last year, over 5000 schools and 1.8 million pupils took part. Getting young people up and active is a… Read more »

What we can learn from Anthony Joshua

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Born and raised in north London, Anthony Joshua chose boxing over trouble with the law. Now crowned the British heavyweight champion after beating Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium, Joshua has inspired the nation with his rise to greatness from humble origins. Anthony Joshua’s story is a testament to the power of sport in empowering an… Read more »

Joanna’s Journey

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Finding my voice We travelled to Crest Academy to find out more about what the Greenhouse Sports basketball programme has done for Year 11 Joanna*…  Walking into the sports hall at Crest Academy, a secondary school located in the heart of the Neasden suburbs, we find Joanna in the midst of her after school basketball… Read more »

Greenhouse Sports Impact at Sport and Recreation Alliance’s sport summit

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Greenhouse Sports believes strongly in ensuring our programmes create positive outcomes for our participants and have a real ability to affect lives for the better, which is why we focus on measuring our impact through our innovative STEP measurement framework. Last month, Julie, our Head of Impact and IT, attended the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s annual sports summit at… Read more »

Case Study: Meet Ade

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Ade*, a Year 10 pupil, has attended the Greenhouse Sports basketball programme since our coach, Michael, identified his potential in a Year 7 PE session and invited him to join us. At that time, Ade’s behaviour and attitude were a major concern, and there was a point when he was almost excluded from school permanently. Michael started mentoring Ade, and this, coupled with the… Read more »

Community programme: Greenhouse Sports Football Club

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For over a decade, Greenhouse Sports Football Club (GSFC) coaches have worked week in, week out with young people and adults living in the communities and estates surrounding Southwark’s Burgess Park, including the Aylesbury and North Peckham estates. During 2013-14, the club had over 1,000 active participants and played 338 matches, plus the coaching team engaged their young people for… Read more »

Case Study: Meet Joanna

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Joanna started playing basketball with Greenhouse Sports in 2012. Joanna used to get into a lot of trouble before joining our programme at her academy. She says her Greenhouse coach helped her to understand the importance of behaving well at school using our STEP Framework for development. Joanna now acts as a role model for… Read more »

Clapton Girls Academy make an impact at U13 National level

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Last weekend, the U13 Basketball England Regional Development Tournament took place in Sheffield and Greenhouse Sports had six of our participants selected to represent the London region in the U13 girls category. Aaliyah, Alecia, Jade, Poppy, Zenzele and Victoria from Clapton Girls Academy were fantastic ambassadors for Greenhouse Sports at this National level. The girls showed… Read more »

What challenges do our young people face and how do we help them?

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Greenhouse Sports works to address issues experienced by young people growing up in disadvantaged communities in inner London. In mainstream schools we harness the power of sport to tackle problems that lead to absenteeism and consequent underachievement. In SEN schools – where the provision of physical activity is generally limited – we also help young people work towards independence. Through our community clubs we… Read more »

Bringing young people from mainstream and SEN schools together

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In May 2015, the Greenhouse Sports SEN team put on an Inclusive Holiday Programme involving both mainstream and special educational needs (SEN) participants – the first of its kind for Greenhouse Sports. The event was truly inclusive, providing activities that encouraged all participants to interact and play together. The SEN and Impact teams worked together to… Read more »

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A passion for basketball bags speaking contest win

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On the 12th May, one of our partner schools, Cumberland School, hosted a superb “Speakout” Regional Final for the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge programme in Newham. One of our most dedicated basketball participants from Brampton Manor School, Titas Zydelis, took top honours with a fantastic speech about his passion for the sport of basketball… Read more »

Creating a sporting habit for life at Greenhouse Sports

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We strive to create a sporting habit for life here at Greenhouse Sports, as it goes without saying that taking part in sport and physical activity has a positive impact on people’s lives at any age. With happy experiences of school sport known to increase long term participation, Greenhouse Sports coaches work hard to foster… Read more »

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