Julia and Hans Rausing donate £1.5 million to Greenhouse Sports to kick off focus on supporting youth and children

Greenhouse Sports

Julia and Hans Rausing are pleased to announce a £1.5 million donation to Greenhouse Sports as part of their focus on young people at the start of 2021. They have chosen to place an emphasis on youth funding in the first part of 2021, due to the disruption that has been caused to many young people’s lives and opportunities because of coronavirus.

Julia and Hans have supported Greenhouse Sports since its inception, and have seen the excellent work that we do, particularly at our Community Sports Centre, part funded by Julia and Hans, which now has over 2,000 members from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We have seen first-hand the impact that Greenhouse Sports has had over a significant period of time in improving the life chances of children in difficult circumstances across London. This donation will enable them to continue their excellent programmes and further level the playing field for more young people, who have faced much of the last year away from schools and the youth support services that are so desperately needed.

- Julia and Hans Rausing

The funding will go towards embedding Greenhouse Sports programmes in schools and increasing the reach of the programme to more than 7,000 young people every year.

This is the first of a series of donations to be announced to support young people in the UK, who have been significantly impacted, like much of the charity sector, by a fall in funding in the past year alongside an increase in demand for their services.

The last 12 months have been extraordinary. Young Londoners growing up in our toughest communities have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. They need support now more than ever as the road to ‘catch up’ what has been lost in terms of education, milestones and enriching experiences is a long and vital one. We are delighted to have the transformational support of Julia & Hans Rausing as we embark on the next chapter of Greenhouse Sports journey. Thanks to them we will ensure Greenhouse coaches are there for more young people than ever through our strategic expansion to test new initiatives, increase our engagement with schools and collaborate more widely across the sector. All whilst harnessing the power of sport as a tool for social change.

- Beatrice Butsana-Sita, Greenhouse Sports CEO

About The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

Since its formation, the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has provided over 600 grants totalling more than £250 million. Funding is given to organisations working within three main areas: Health and Wellbeing; Welfare and Education; and Arts and Culture.

The Trust exists to realise the philanthropy of Julia and Hans Rausing.

For more information please visit www.juliahansrausingtrust.org or on twitter: “@JHRTrust”

About Greenhouse Sports

London-based charity Greenhouse Sports works in partnership with schools providing sports coaches to deliver extra-curricular, inspirational coaching and mentoring programmes. Greenhouse Sports has worked with more than 40,000 young people since 2002 with the goal of using sport to engage young people and help them develop skills that will help them succeed in later life. Greenhouse Sports HQ is the Greenhouse Centre, a community sports centre in Marylebone. Research from Loughborough University found widespread evidence that engagement with Greenhouse Sports raises attendance, academic performance and positive behavioural change. For more information on the impact Greenhouse Sports programmes have on young Londoners you can find us on our website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. or contact the Fundraising team at [email protected]

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