Mentoring: The power to change a life

Published on April 24, 2024 by Mimi O'Callaghan
Fundraising Sport for Development

At Greenhouse Sports, we know what the transformative power of mentoring can do – it can change a young person’s life. We see this every day in our work. Mentoring isn’t just a part of what we do; it’s at the core of our mission. Sport is our vehicle, but it’s what we deliver through it that’s the real magic of Greenhouse. We want more young people to experience the power of the Greenhouse mentor. To achieve this, we’re launching an appeal for our new Mentoring Fund.

For over two decades, we’ve been committed to providing intensive sports coaching and mentoring to young people from disadvantaged communities. This holistic approach equips them with the essential life skills needed to thrive both on and off the field. 

Despite our significant impact, reaching over 8,000 young people annually, the challenges of our work are constantly evolving – and the need is greater than ever. Every child deserves a fair chance to succeed, and we’re determined to grow our programmes to reach more schools and communities across the UK, with our coaches investing years into the wellbeing of these young people. Our Mentoring Fund will help to make this possible.

What makes our mentoring magic 

We work in years, not weeks  

Our intensive coaching and mentoring programmes go beyond surface-level changes, deeply impacting young lives throughout their schooling. We’re not a 6-week programme – a coach can be in a child’s life from 5-17.  

Coaches are a consistent, reliable presence  

They often become one of our young people’s strongest supporters and influential role model. They don’t only focus on sports skills but also prioritise holistic development. Tailored to individual needs, our approach is to help every young person reaches their full potential.   

Why we’re needed more than ever 

As the UK faces its worst cost of living crisis in decades, the need for Greenhouse Sports has never been greater. Poverty doesn’t just mean lacking resources—it takes away a child’s hope and chances for a better future. Research shows that one in five young people living in poverty believe that their life will amount to nothing, no matter how hard they try. 

That’s where our mentoring can have a truly profound impact – instilling self-belief and changing the trajectory of a young person’s life. By donating to this fund, you’ll be directly contributing to the expansion of our mentoring programmes, ensuring that more young people have access to the guidance and support they need.  

We’re a Team for Life – collectively working together to change young lives 

Our work is entirely funded by voluntary income, which means that support from generous individuals is crucial.  

It takes a village to raise a child, which is why we bring together parents, coaches, schools, communities, and supporters. This forms our ‘Team for Life’—a dedicated community passionate about levelling the playing field and creating opportunities for young people to thrive. 

Your support will not only change lives—it will help shape the future of our communities for generations to come. Together, we can ensure that every child has a fair chance to succeed.