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Year 9 basketballers pass on their skills to local primary school

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Providing opportunities for young people to develop life skills and forge meaningful links with their local community is something Greenhouse Sports strives to. Last year, 96% of schools said that Greenhouse Sports helped pupils become more confident in life, and 1 in 2 participants improved their leadership and communication skills over the course of the… Read more »

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Our Coach Fe inspires the next generation of coaches

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Coach Fe, our Senior Head Coach at Clapton Girls’ Academy, was invited to deliver a coaching workshop to the London Youth Games’ Youth Coaches Academy in Crystal Palace. She spoke to the young coaches about her story – how she began her coaching career and where she is now, and led a Q&A session. Afterwards, Coach… Read more »


Introducing the Greenhouse Community Riders: Hamse, Liiban, and Tanveer

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On 30 July the Prudential RideLondon event takes place through the streets of London and Surrey. As long-time Greenhouse Sports supporters, Prudential has invited a number of young people from our programmes to be part of their team of community riders for the iconic closed-road cycle. The community riders will follow a 46 mile route… Read more »

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Introducing the Greenhouse Community Riders: Xazal

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On 30 July the Prudential RideLondon event takes place through the streets of London and Surrey. As long-time Greenhouse Sports supporters, Prudential has invited a number of young people from our programmes to be part of their team of community riders for the iconic closed-road cycle. The community riders will follow a 46 mile route… Read more »


Greenhouse Sports takes part in Prudential’s Corporate Responsibility Show

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Greenhouse Sports was delighted to be invited by Prudential to take part in their annual Corporate Responsibility Show, taking place at the Prudential offices in the City. The show is an opportunity for Prudential to showcase the support they offer to numerous charities as part of their corporate social responsibility. We are currently in our… Read more »

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Celebrating girls in sport Fionnuala Duhaney-Keown, known as Coach Fe, is the Senior Head Coach for the Greenhouse Sports basketball programme at Clapton Girls’ Academy. For International Women’s Day, Coach Fe shares her experiences in sport as a woman and a coach, and her hopes for the future. What does sport mean to you as… Read more »



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Joanna’s Journey: 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… Read more »


Three highlights from the Prudential RideLondon ‘PruGOals’ launch

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On a blustery Wednesday in early March, Greenhouse Sports travelled to Stratford to attend the launch of Prudential’s PruGOals campaign. Twenty-two of our coaches and participants will take part in the 46 mile Prudential Ride London, an incredible opportunity extended to Greenhouse Sports by Prudential. During the launch, participants attended wellbeing and nutrition workshops and… Read more »

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Take the Tuscan Challenge

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Greenhouse Sports is cycling the Tuscan countryside June 7-11 and we would love to have you along for the ride. Three days, 65 to 75 miles per day – it’s a challenge you cannot miss! Cycling through beautiful towns and the rolling Tuscan hillside, you will be fully supported along the way so you can just pedal… Read more »

Greenhouse Sports Youth Forum at Burlington Danes Academy, White City, London, UK.

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Wednesday 15th of February 2017.

Announcing our Youth Council!

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Greenhouse Sports held its very first Youth Forum event at Burlington Danes Academy during the February half term. The event was a huge success, with 52 young people from 16 different programmes in attendance! Participants worked on their communication, teamwork, and presenting skills in workshops led by the Fundraising, Impact, MarComms, and Programmes departments. Nominated… Read more »

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Double Greenhouse Sports Nomination at the Active Wandsworth Awards

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Coach Ashley Trodden (right) was nominated for the Coach of the Year award. The Active Wandsworth Awards is an event that showcases the best sporting and fitness talent in Wandsworth. In an amazing result, both the U15 volleyball squad and their Greenhouse Sports coach Ashley Trodden from Ernest Bevin College have been nominated for Sports… Read more »

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Greenhouse Sports Success at Table Tennis London Zone Finals

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The hard work and dedication of our table tennis programmes from Burlington Danes Academy, Harefield Academy and Ernest Bevin College has paid off as they each secured wins at the London Table Tennis Zone Finals on 15 January. Ernest Bevin coach Renan Wiest called the victories “outstanding”, and said, “We definitely started the year on… Read more »

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Crowning our 2016 Greenhouse Sports table tennis champions!

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Greenhouse Sports held its very first table tennis championships in December 2016 at Crest Academy. The Championship is the first of an annual end of year showcase event aimed at celebrating the high quality table tennis players that we have on our 12 table tennis programmes. The contestants were invited based on their high level… Read more »


Season’s Greetings from Greenhouse Sports

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  On behalf of all of us at Greenhouse Sports, thank you for your support in 2016 and for your interest in our work to develop young people through sport. As you can see from the highlights of the past year below, it has been full of opportunity for our young participants. We look forward to… Read more »

Day 5: Final day as ball crew for NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters

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In the last blog of our series, our tennis participants at Clapton Girls Academy wrap up their experience at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters as ball crew. Read more about our partnership with the Tennis Foundation that made this possible.  Today was awesome. We arrived ready to jump straight on court for the men’s finals! World and… Read more »

Day 4: diary of the ball crew

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Our tennis participants at Clapton Girls Academy continue their recaps of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, following each day they participate as ball crew. Participants from Greenhouse Sports programmes at both Clapton Girls Academy and St. Paul’s Way Trust School both had the chance this year to train as ball crew for the international tournament. Read more… Read more »

Day 3: diary of the ball crew

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Our blog series from our tennis participants continues today as Clapton Girls Academy recap Day 3 of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters. Participants on our tennis programmes at both Clapton Girls Academy and St. Paul’s Way Trust School both had the chance this year to train as ball crew for the international tournament. Read Part… Read more »


A coach’s perspective: Ball Crew at NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters

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Jamie Faint, Head Coach of our tennis programme at Clapton Girls Academy, shares his perspective on the opportunities his players have had to participate as ball crew at this week’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters. Just before we broke up for the summer holidays, I received an email from the Tennis Foundation offering our players at… Read more »

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Day 2: diary of the ball crew

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Following the second day of action at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, our ball crew from Clapton Girl’s Academy recapped their experiences on court. Read Day 1 here, or read about our partnership with the Tennis Foundation that helped make this experience possible. Today we had the chance to watch some matches before going on… Read more »


Day 1: Diary of the Ball Crew from NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters

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Two Greenhouse Sports tennis programmes will be on court this week, although not partaking in their usual activities. Our programmes at Clapton Girls Academy and St Paul’s Way Trust School will be donning the pink shirt of the ball crew at this year’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The… Read more »

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Greenhouse Sports celebrates launch of Coach Core London consortium

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  Coach Core, an apprentice coaching scheme run by the Royal Foundation, launched their new Coach Core London consortium this October in a bid to give more young people in London the opportunity to develop careers as sport coaches. Originally started as a pilot scheme between The Royal Foundation and Greenhouse Sports in 2012 and 2014, the Coach… Read more »


“What makes me most proud of Greenhouse Sports FC”

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GSFC Club Manager Matthew Shobande shared with us why he is most proud of the work our programmes team is doing at the football club. The club has recently been shortlisted for a £25,000 award through the Aviva Community Fund, which would help us continue to deliver the community-building programmes that Matthew describes below. Vote… Read more »

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Nomura highlights Greenhouse Sports support at City Giving Day

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Greenhouse Sports was delighted to be invited by Nomura to take part in their activities for this year’s City Giving Day. City Giving Day, (which this year happened on 27 September), is a day where the Lord Mayor of London champions and promotes various fundraising activities and community programs that take place across the City. Nomura supports… Read more »


A day in the life of a Greenhouse Sports coach

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Greenhouse Sports coaches are at the heart of what we do, delivering our inspirational sport programmes in our 53 programmes across London. While all our coaches have the vital sporting qualification,  they are more than sport coaches – they are advisors, mentors and motivators.  Many of our coaches grew up or attended a school within three… Read more »


Greenhouse Sports takes on the trading floor at BGC Day

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Greenhouse Sports was honoured to be invited to take part in the BGC Partners’ Charity Day, which took place this year on 12 September. The annual Charity Day commemorates the 658 BGC staff lost on 9/11 by providing their global revenues on the day to dozens of charities worldwide, turning this tragic day into one that… Read more »

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Participant from Samuel Rhodes Secondary has football year to remember

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The hard work and dedication of fifteen year-old Greenhouse Sports participant Tinashe paid off this year, as he was named Special School Athlete of the Year for the London Borough of Islington. Tinashe is a young person with moderate learning difficulties who participates on the Greenhouse Sports programme at Samuel Rhodes Secondary. A dedicated football… Read more »

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Tables turned as Greenhouse Sports young people coach older generation

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Greenhouse Sports’ table tennis programme at Raine’s Foundation tried a little something different this month. After working hard all year, the students were treated to a day out at Bounce, ‘The Home of Ping Pong’, where they had the opportunity to coach a group of seniors who play regularly at the venue on Monday mornings…. Read more »


Greenhouse Sports participants take on Prudential RideLondon

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With the weather on their side, our coaches and participants took to the roads this past weekend to cycle in the Prudential RideLondon event. They were invited by Prudential, a long-time Greenhouse Sports supporter, to take part in the sportive on the iconic closed-road route through London and Surrey, as part of Prudential’s team of community riders…. Read more »

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Basketball participants hone their skills on international trip to Bosnia

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Greenhouse Sports basketball had the opportunity this month to attend an international training camp in Bosnia. The camp was split into two week-long sessions, with 112 participants and coaches attending over the course of the camp. Students were selected to attend from Greenhouse Sports basketball programmes across London for their stellar attendance record this season and… Read more »

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Celebrating volunteers like Curtis

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For our final volunteer profile in celebration of Volunteers Week, we have featured Curtis. Curtis began his Greenhouse Sports journey as a young table tennis player at Capital City Academy in North West London. Table tennis captivated him and, because he worked on his skills before and after school, his involvement also kept him from… Read more »

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Greenhouse Sports Volunteer Week celebrates Shelana

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On 1 June, London sport consortium Burgess Sport gathered a group together to celebrate the special volunteers that make sport possible in the south London community. Greenhouse Sports Football Club (GSFC), based out of Burgess Park in Peckham, was in attendance following another successful season and put forward volunteer Shelana Hodge as their choice for… Read more »


Apprentice coaches give back to next generation of participants

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On Thursday 2 June, five Greenhouse Sports apprentice coaches ran a half-term sport camp for 26 of our participants at Ernest Bevin College in South London. The multi-sport day camp was part of the apprentices Fit for Sport Level 3 qualification, which they are now in the final stages of completing. The camp consisted of multi-sports… Read more »

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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 »

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Highlighting our volunteers for Volunteers Week 2016

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As Volunteers Week continues, Greenhouse Sports is highlighting a few of the dedicated volunteers who help ensure our outstanding sport programmes run smoothly. Over the past year, 91 people have volunteered in coaching or admin capacities for a total of over 2800 hours. Here, we highlight Steve A.: a volunteer with Greenhouse Sports Football… Read more »

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Basketball England Division Two Coach of the Year: Predrag Krneta

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Basketball England’s Coach of the Year Awards were announced recently, with long-time Greenhouse Sports basketball coach, Predrag Krneta taking top honours for his work with London Greenhouse Pioneers in Division Two. This is the third consecutive year Predrag has won this award for his work with the community club. Predrag has worked as a coach… Read more »

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Coach Jerome Jack takes top coach honours

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“The key things I tell my players is hard work beats talent, if you want to succeed in basketball you have to love the game and be committed and dedicated.” That’s the philosophy of Coach Jerome Jack, who runs the Greenhouse Sports basketball programme at Quintin Kynasten (QK) in North West London and was… Read more »

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Greenhouse Sports participants discover University of Worcester

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  Forty-five Greenhouse Sports basketball participants from five different schools took a step forward in planning for life after secondary school when they attended a one day discovery programme at the University of Worcester. Students from our programmes at Pimlico Academy, Platanos College, St. Gabriel’s College, Quintin Kynaston Academy and The Norwood School in London had… Read more »

Trustee Michael Sherwood featured in Evening Standard for generous contribution

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  Michael Sherwood, one of Greenhouse Sports’ Trustees, was featured in London’s Evening Standard for his generosity in bringing our new community sport centre to life. The funds for the centre, given through Goldman Sachs’ Goldman Sachs Gives programme, helped Greenhouse Sports purchase a deconsecrated church on Cosway Street in Marylebone, which we will transform into… Read more »

Front Of House Coordinator

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Front of House Coordinator (Inclusive Swim Club) Responsible to: Programme Manager Location: Hammersmith, London Salary: £10 per hour plus holiday pay Contract: Zero hours Hours: 3 hour sessions every Saturday afternoon during term-time only Greenhouse Sports’ vision is for every young person to have a fair chance to succeed. We aim to develop social, thinking,… Read more »

Students from Samuel Rhodes primary and secondary schools take part in joint February half-term programme

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During the recent February half-term, students from Samuel Rhodes Primary and Secondary School attended a Greenhouse Sports holiday programme hosted by coaches James, Jack and Danielle. The idea of the programme was to help year 6 pupils from Samuel Rhodes with the transition to secondary school, and to encourage them to feel comfortable in, and… Read more »

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Greenhouse Sports kids to appear in Lottery Good Causes advert

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As I walked into the building on a cold-November Thursday, the excitement of the table tennis team around me at Morpeth School told me this was no ordinary day for them. This was the day they were due to appear for a casting call for a Lottery Good Causes Christmas publicity video. Once it’s finished, the film will be a… Read more »

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Grab your Early Bird Prudential RideLondon 2016 place!

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Don’t miss out on the sporting event of the summer! Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made… Read more »

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Case Study: Meet Liam

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Liam*, 13, started attending tennis sessions because his younger sister was already a regular and he wanted to prove he was the better player. Since then, he has been one of the most enthusiastic participants on the programme taking part for an average of 13 hours per week. He told us what he enjoys most… Read more »

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Burlington Danes Academy table tennis team shine

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Our table tennis programme at Burlington Danes Academy, Hammersmith, has been running since 2009 led by one of Greenhouse’s most experienced coaches – Henry Medellin. The academy has many very dedicated and talented players who have developed their table tennis abilities from beginner to national level. Over the last few weeks, the team have attended… Read more »

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Louis takes to the water with our inclusive swim club

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(Written by Louis Gilbert – Greenhouse Sports Coach Core Support Officer) Last Saturday, Volunteer Coordinator Kate Arthur and I volunteered at the Greenhouse Sports swim club in Hammersmith. I knew very little about the format of the club, despite encouraging our Coach Core Apprentices to help out there if they got the chance, so I… Read more »

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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 »

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Volleyball boys lead the way at the Sainsbury’s Games

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(Photos and text by Greenhouse Sports Head Coach Ashley Trodden) The Sainsbury’s School Games is a prestigious multi-sport event (12 sports) for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age (approximately 1600 athletes competed and 700 coaches, support staff and volunteers made the event possible). The competition re-enforces the experience of the London 2012 Games… Read more »

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In focus: Phoenix Secondary School

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We have been running a multisports programme at Phoenix Secondary School in Tower Hamlets since 2011. The school aims to offer a positive, life-enhancing education for young people with severe language and communication difficulties whose needs lie within the within the autistic spectrum. By providing opportunities for Social, Thinking, Emotional and Physical (STEP) development, Greenhouse… Read more »

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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 »

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Coach Gabe: “Healthy eating is a skill that needs to be developed”

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At the special educational needs school where I work in Swiss Cottage, we run a Health and Fitness module within PE for two of the older class groups to help promote a healthy lifestyle in and out of school. Exercise is a big part of the learning experience, including dance, aerobics and gym work. . Through links… Read more »

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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 »

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Prudential RideLondon: Charley’s blog

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Firstly, I’m feeling a little nervous now that this 100-mile cycle ride is so close as I had hoped to have done more training than I have. I took part in the Prudential RideLondon 100 for the first time last year, completing it alone in 5 hours 30 minutes in hurricane weather and including stopping to… Read more »

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“I’m so proud of our girls” – Coach Fe

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Last week, three of my students from Clapton Girls Academy were selected to attend a prestigious Basketball England under-14s training camp this summer. For me this is testament to the hard work and dedication these girls have demonstrated over the last few years. From having basic knowledge of basketball to being identified as having the potential… Read more »

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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 »


Team Green pick up medals in London Youth Games

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The London Youth Games has been so exciting over the last few months! Participants from across our 50 sports programmes around the capital where chosen to represent their borough in this fantastic celebration of sport (Europe’s largest annual youth sports event) because of their dedication, bravery and skill. ‘Team Green’ participants competed in basketball, volleyball,… Read more »


Coach Core diaries: an America adventure…

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  (Coach Core apprentice Mulenga is currently on placement in the USA and clearly loving it!) This year my role with Challenger Sports, the biggest soccer camp operator in North America, has allowed me to work as a Camp Director, where I oversee a camp for a week at a time, giving the coaches their… Read more »


Platanos participants step-up as referees and officials

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A few weeks ago, Platanos College successfully hosted the final London Primary Schools 3 v 3 basketball qualifying competition of the season. It was an important competition, with the winner of the round qualifying to play at the National Final of the schools competition in Sheffield. The tournament consisted of nine primary schools, with each… Read more »

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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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Greenhouse London FC put on a show at Brimmington Park Festival

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My name is Matthew Shobande and I’m Football Team Manager at Greenhouse London Football Club – that’s me on the right in the picture. Last weekend, a few of us coaches ventured out of our Burgess Park community home to deliver a session at the Brimmington Park Festival, Southwark, hosted by the ‘Friends of Brimmington’… Read more »

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Our approach and Special Educational Needs

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By Ajay Sharma – Head of SEN Programmes We run ten special educational needs (SEN) programmes across London. SEN can be defined as children who have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn – for example: behavioural and social (e.g. difficulty making friends and interacting with others); reading and writing (e.g. . dyslexia), understanding (e.g. Autistic… Read more »

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Greenhouse Sports makes a real difference to young lives 

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We believe that every young person should have the opportunity to thrive. Our mission is to develop the social, thinking, emotional and physical (STEP) skills of young people in London’s inner-city communities through outstanding, intensive sports programmes delivered by inspirational coaches. Through sport, we can also increase our young people’s commitment and attendance in the… Read more »

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Fighting to finish on top in Aegon Team Tennis

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written by Gary Kruse – Tennis Head Coach at Cumberland School Aegon Team Tennis season continued this week for Greenhouse Sports tennis programmes with matches for the Cumberland School Year 10 boys’ and girls’ teams. On Wednesday, the Year 10 Boys team traveled to Jo Richardson School in Dagenham and came home with an impressive 12-0… Read more »

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Volunteer’s Blog: Ravin Mehta

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Occupation: Company Director I have been volunteering at Bushey Academy Table Tennis Club on Monday nights since last September. The Head Coach at Bushey, Vidal Graham, suggested I come and help out as my son is a participant. Vidal made me realise that although I’m not great at table tennis, there were other areas in… Read more »


Volunteer’s Blog: Mike Canfield

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Occupation: Fund Manager I have volunteered as a swimming coach with the Special Educational Needs (SEN) multisport club at St Paul’s Girls’ School for around five years. I was first introduced to the charity when I went to the annual dodgeball tournament and got talking to CEO Michael (de Giorgio), and some of the coaches… Read more »


Volunteer’s Blog: David Mirga

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Occupation: Contract Appointer for a claims compensation company I have been volunteering every other week and on some Saturdays at the volleyball programme at Ernest Bevin College, Wandsworth. I got involved with the charity because my close friend Lucio Semedo, who coaches at Greenhouse London Pioneers basketball team, was in a same situation as me… Read more »

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Volunteer’s Blog: Mary Ellen

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Since last September I have been volunteering every Wednesday afternoon for the Greenhouse Sports basketball programme at Quintin Kynaston (QK) Academy. Previously a coach and referee for London Sports and South Hampstead High School I knew vaguely of the charity through a good friend of Mike di Giorgio (Greenhouse Sports CEO) and finally met him… Read more »


Volunteer’s Blog: Angus Warren

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Occupation: Executive Director in Real Estate & Services at Nomura International Plc For the last 14 months I have been volunteering on Thursday afternoons at the after-school table tennis club at Morpeth School in Bethnal Green. I became involved with the charity because I am a strong believer in the aims of Greenhouse Sports – the… Read more »

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“Why are our volunteers are so important? I’ll tell you.”

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My name is Kate Arthur and I am Volunteering and Programmes Coordinator for Greenhouse Sports. As part of #VolunteersWeek (1-7th June), a campaign which recognises all the great work that volunteers do across the UK, I am kicking off a series of blogs from some of our own volunteers as they talk about their experiences… Read more »


It’s great to see our alumni doing so well

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I’m always so proud to see previous Greenhouse Sports participants doing well further down the line as it means we’ve been able to help someone follow their chosen path. Last Saturday the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic, THE basketball showcase for the best junior talent in the country, took place. . Greenhouse Sports had two current Greenhouse… Read more »

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Raine’s Foundation School table tennis is thriving!

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My name is Stephen Gertsen, I am Senior Head Coach at Raines Foundation School and it’s been an exciting couple of months for our young people in our Greenhouse Sports table tennis programme. Our Thursday evening community club is now one of the best table tennis clubs in London with around 30 attendees per week… Read more »


I’m honoured to work with fellow Greenhouse coaches like Jorge

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My name is Danny Fenner and I am a coach, mentoring and development officer at Greenhouse Sports Football Club (GSFC). I have been with the charity for nearly five years and during that time I have worked with some great people. I would like to introduce one of them to you – my fellow GLFC… 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 »


Vidal gets in training to cycle across the Alps for Greenhouse

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My name is Vidal Graham and I am a Greenhouse Sports Head Coach for the Table Tennis programme at Bushey Academy. Despite being in no way a regular cyclist, I’ve recently signed up for the second major cycling challenge of my life – the Quintessentially Foundation & Rapha Alpes-Maritimes Challenge. I really believe in what… Read more »

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Swiss Cottage School visit Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium

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My name is Gabriel Odia and I am a Greenhouse Sports multisports coach at Swiss Cottage School. Our programme team recently took seven members of the boys football team on a scheme which consisted of a great three-day trip to play Solihull Moors Football Club and visit Emirates Stadium. The visit was set up in… Read more »

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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 »


Michelle Pinggera, International Chief of Staff at Goldman Sachs

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In 2011, the partners of Goldman Sachs funded the Greenhouse Sports East London expansion, which allowed the charity to open programmes in 13 schools in Olympic boroughs in East London, and has enabled them to provide almost 200,000 hours of high quality sport training and mentoring to deserving young people across London. This week, Greenhouse… Read more »


Michael de Giorgio writes Greenhouse Sports’ first blog entry

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I am very pleased to be the first person to write an entry for our new blog! We have kicked off 2015 with some very exciting events this week. On Monday 12th January we launched a new partnership with BT Sport’s The Supporters Club with a basketball workshop for 40 lucky Greenhouse participants at Bow… Read more »

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