Greenhouse Sports featured as a ‘case study’ for ‘Changing lives through sport’ in government’s new Strategy for Sport
In response to falling sport participation figures across Great Britain despite existing investment, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have released a new strategy for sport and in December 2015 published the paper ‘Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation’.
This paper was the product of a consultation process earlier in the year, for which Greenhouse Sports was invited to contribute, and we were delighted to be highlighted as an exemplar sport for social change organisation in the ‘New Strategy for Sport: Consultation Paper’.
Following from this consultation, the government’s new sport strategy paper featured Greenhouse Sports as a ‘Case Study’ for ‘Changing Lives Through Sport’:
P17 ‘Greenhouse Sports is a London-based charity committed to using sport to help young people living in the inner city to realise their full potential. The charity’s coaches work full-time in schools and the community to provide sports programmes that nurture social, thinking, emotional and physical skills that equip young people for life. Greenhouse Sports has worked with over 35,000 young people since it began in 2002. It currently operates in 37 mainstream and 9 Special Educational Needs schools and runs four community clubs. The charity uses a range of sports to engage with participants including basketball, table tennis, volleyball, judo, football, swimming and tennis. The average school attendance of participants on Greenhouse Sports’ programmes in Years 9 to 11 also exceeded the national average by 2% and that of their non-Greenhouse classmates by 3 days a year.’
Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Greenhouse Sports, Mike de Giorgio, comments: ‘We were delighted to be part of the consultation process for the government’s new sport strategy and to be cited as a case study in the final paper. This is a welcome change in sport funding policy as there is now recognition of the great opportunity for using sport for social good. At Greenhouse Sports, we know that if done properly, sport programmes can achieve measurable social outcomes and have a significant impact on the lives of young people. It is fantastic that the government has taken this on board and highlighted the success of our work.’
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