Michael de Giorgio writes Greenhouse Sports’ first blog entry
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 School.
NBA legend John Amaechi, former WNBA star Allison Feaster and Arsenal Ladies and England footballer Rachel Yankey were in attendance to coach our youngsters and give them the benefit of their experience. I had such a great day chatting with John, Allison and Rachel and seeing how our young people interacted with their sporting heroes.
Two days later on Wednesday 14th January we celebrated the success of our Coach Core apprentices as the first intake of students graduated at St. James’s Palace in front of Prince Harry and NBA star Carmelo Anthony. . It was a proud moment for our young people and of course for us too. Watching them shake Prince Harry and Carmelo’s hand as they received their certificates really brought home to me, the journey they had been on. Many of the graduates had first joined Greenhouse Sports as participants; they have come such a long way and are a credit to themselves, their communities and us.
The next day on Thursday 15th January week had some exciting news to announce; we officially changed our name to Greenhouse Sports. The decision to change our name was taken by the trustees of the charity in the summer of 2014, to describe more accurately our area of work. Cartier bresson . The name change also presented an excellent opportunity to evolve the brand of our charity and reaffirm our mission; to develop young people through sport.
All of us at Greenhouse Sports; our coaches, office staff and trustees, are always striving to find new and different ways to engage London’s young people in a positive way and we felt the time was right to evolve our brand. Greenhouse Sports will be more colourful, vibrant, dynamic and innovative; exactly the qualities that our inspirational coaches and young people possess. By reflecting the characteristics of the young people we exist to support, we hope to enhance how we represent and engage with them.
To celebrate our name change we have also launched a brand new website, which I hope you love as much as we do. We are very proud of what we have achieved as a charity over the last 12 years and thrilled to be building on that success.
We will continue to deliver our 50 programmes (across 37 mainstream and 10 SEN schools, and four community clubs) across London, whilst actively looking to increase the numbers of young people benefitting from our inspirational sports coaching and mentoring.
Please do have a good look around the site and see what is new and remember to add @greenhousesports.org to your safe sender list, to ensure you receive all future emails from us.
2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for us, with many more projects in the pipeline. I look forward to bringing you on this journey with us.
Michael de Giorgio
CEO Greenhouse Sports