We can today reveal that we have smashed through our fundraising target of £30,000 after Great Britain Rugby League legend Jamie Peacock successfully completed his Double Marathon in aid of the Charity on Friday March 5. Our #RunWithJamie Campaign has now raised over £60,000, to fund two full-time Sports coaches for schools in London’s poorest areas.
With Jamie, we designed a unique route for his Double Marathon after his initial plan of running Bristol’s Green Man Ultramarathon was scuppered by Coronavirus restrictions. The route started and finished at the Greenhouse Sports Centre in Marylebone, and took in numerous stops along the way including schools that Greenhouse partners with, as well as locations like the London Stadium and the Copperbox Arena, where the Rugby League World Cup will take place later this year. Jamie ran the course with Simon Dent, the founder of sports marketing agency Dark Horses.
- Jamie Peacock
Alongside fundraising from Jamie and Simon, Greenhouse Sports set up the #RunForOne challenge to encourage corporations to take part in a challenge and fundraise on the usual date of the our annual Corporate Dodgeball tournament, which, like so much else, was cancelled in 2020 and postponed until Autumn this year.
Members of teams of 5-10 runners from corporations including Barclays, Bloomberg and HSBC were challenged to each run for an hour and log their distance hoping to achieve the furthest aggregate distance as a team. The fundraising challenge was to support that target of £30k. In total 39 teams with 266 runners completed a combined distance of 2690km, from 14 different corporations. The winning team of #RunforOne 2021 with an average team distance of 14.83km was a team from Marshall Wace who are also the current Dodgeball Champions.
Greenhouse Sports use a unique combination of mentoring and sport to help young people living in poverty reach their full potential, both at school and then into employment. Currently there are 4 million children in the UK living in poverty, and these children’s circumstances are impacted more by Covid-19, with worse mental health outcomes, academic outcomes and employment prospects. Greenhouse Sports work in schools where at least 67% of pupils live in areas of high deprivation.
- Beatrice Butsana-Sita