London Sports Trust (LST) works in deprived areas of London with disadvantaged children, young people and their families to bring about three main outcomes: Positive lifestyles, improved life chances and improved health and fitness.
They use sport as the initial hook and then build additional support and services to promote the outcomes they seek. They operate mainly in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
We have made a one year grant of £28,000 to support two City Sports Academies (CSA) hubs in White City and Hurlingham. If outcomes are met there is an option to extend after 6 months.
CSA’s provides sports for 8-19 year olds in the most deprived housing estates in partnership with local community organisations and resident associations. It has been shown that there tends to be a lower level of organised sporting activity in the most deprived estates. Each site will have a weekly sports programme delivered by expert coaches for up to 20 young people. All the coaches are trained mentors and seek to help participants fulfil their wider potential beyond the CSA sessions.
The sport will change every 3 months in order to engage as many young people as possible. Sports chosen depend on the area and the beneficiaries. At present athletics, futsal, street-dance, basketball, handball, tennis, cricket and hockey, rugby, netball and volleyball are all available. Local facilities are used to minimise travel and maximise attendance. Over the course of the programme upwards of 100 young people from each estate will take part.