Greenhouse Sports – expanding our reach
Since 2002, when the charity was formed, we have worked with over 36,000 young people – but we are always pushing to reach more. As the 2015-16 academic year hits its stride, we take a look back at our work over the last twelve months. During the last year, we are thrilled to have grown once again to incorporate 37 mainstream secondary school programmes, 11 SEN multisports programmes and four community clubs (Greenhouse Sports FC, Table Tennis, Swim Club and London Greenhouse Pioneers).
During 2014-15, our coaches worked with almost 8,000 young people across London and delivered over 50,000 hours of coaching. There have been life-changing moments along the way for many of the children, teenagers and young adults we work with – Daniel*, who is non-verbal and has severe learning difficulties, learned to tread water unaided during his hydrotherapy sessions; Annie* achieved her dream of being selected to represent her borough in table tennis at the London Youth Games through hard work and determination; Abed* became the first member of his family to play volleyball.
Greenhouse Sports delivered over 444,000 engagement hours last academic year, providing our young people with a healthy, positive environment in which to spend their free time, before, during and after school, and during the holidays. We believe in the power of sport to help develop life-enhancing skills.
Greenhouse Sports works to improve the social, thinking, emotional and physical skills of all our participants using football, basketball, table tennis, volleyball, judo, swimming and tennis. Our mission is to help young Londoners to achieve their full potential on and off the playing field. Greenhouse Sports coaches work full time in partner secondary schools developing communication, leadership, problem-solving, confidence, determination, fitness and sporting skills in their participants. Our special educational needs (SEN) programmes focus on a multisport approach, offering a huge range of intensive, fun and stimulating sessions aimed at developing a life-long love of sport and activity.
Thanks to vital support from our donors we hope to continue to expand our reach in schools and communities across London over the coming years. Look out for our full, in-depth 2014-15 annual report which will be release early 2016.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our young people.