Greenhouse was founded in 2002 when our Chief Executive, Michael de Giorgio, set up a sports coaching pilot to give young people on a local housing estate something positive to do in the school holidays.
Using the sports facilities at St Paul’s School, an independent school in West London, the pilot programme helped troubled teenagers with support from the Metropolitan Police. It was so successful and in demand that it continued over the following years and merged with Table Tennis for Kids (TTK).
Mike quickly realised that rather than transporting young people from their own inner-city neighbourhoods to private schools in more affluent areas, he needed to bring sport to young people in their own communities.
In 2004, Greenhouse moved into schools, launching full time table tennis programmes in London’s inner-city communities before merging with Bethwin Community Football Club in 2005.
From then Greenhouse has continued to grow, thanks to the generosity of our supporters who share our belief that we need to provide more opportunities and role models to many more young people.
In 2014, Mike de Giorgio was awarded the BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy. You can watch a video about Mike and the BNP Paribas award at the top of the page.