London South Bank University and Greenhouse announce sports partnership
Greenhouse Sports and London South Bank University’s (LSBU) Academy of Sport have entered a partnership that will see Greenhouse Sports contribute inspirational sports coaches and LSBU share their recently refurbished sports facilities. The partnership will extend and enrich LSBU’s high-calibre sports programmes and also serves to enhance Greenhouse Sports’ community sports provision.
The initial stages of the partnership will have a predominant focus on the LSBU Academy of Sport’s Basketball Programme and Greenhouse London Pioneers Basketball Club. The new partnership means that athletes from both basketball programmes will be able to attend one another’s team sessions, with Greenhouse London Pioneers sharing LSBU’s on-campus sports facilities, and coaches from Greenhouse’s extensive sports coaching programmes supporting the development of LSBU student sports.
The Academy of Sport is LSBU’s hub for sport, with facilities open to students, staff and the local community. The Academy of Sport’s Elite Sports Programme, one of the largest university sports programmes in the UK, also provides financial support to talented sports players seeking to combine their studies at LSBU with high level training and development in their chosen sport.
Greenhouse Sports, a London-based charity formed in 2002, are committed to using sport to help young Londoners realise their full potential. They have worked with over 35,000 young people since inception and currently operate in 37 mainstream and ten Special Educational Needs schools, alongside four community clubs. Greenhouse Sports aims to develop Social, Thinking, Emotional and Physical (STEP) skills for young people through high quality, intensive sports programmes delivered by inspirational coaches.
Michael de Giorgio, CEO Greenhouse Sports said, “We are very pleased to be announcing this partnership between Greenhouse Sports and LSBU’s Academy of Sport. The facilities at the academy are fantastic, and I am sure the young people on both programmes with benefit hugely from training and competing together.”
Phil Newman, Head of Sport and Recreation at London South Bank University’s Academy of Sport commented on the newly formed partnership, “It’s a great opportunity for us to further entwine LSBU’s Academy of Sport in the surrounding community and to form a mutually beneficial partnership with one of London’s finest charities for sports in the community. In its earliest stages it is great to give our students on the elite sports programme access to truly inspirational coaches and frequent competitive matches with London Greenhouse London Pioneers Basketball Club.”