New investment will boost participation among young Londoners
With activity levels among children and young people an increasingly important focus for the physical activity and sport sector, London Sport are delivering additional Sport England investment across the capital to provide new opportunities for young Londoners to enjoy positive experiences of physical activity and sport.
Designed to increase opportunities for young people to take part in activity, Sport England’s Satellite Clubs programme provide links between schools and community sport groups to provide 14-19 year olds with positive, enjoyable experiences that make it easier for them to become active and develop regular activity habits in order to tackle inactivity in all parts of society.
Currently, London Sport funds and provides supporting resources to over 300 active Satellite Clubs across the capital, 100 of which began working with young Londoners in 2018. These clubs are delivered in partnership with 85 different organisations, covering 28 different sports, and supported over 2000 young Londoners. In 2017/18, London Sport invested over £200,000 into the future of sport in London through funding the activity of Satellite Clubs.
With new funding made available earlier this year, London Sport will begin working with groups to establish a range of new Satellite Clubs across the capital in the coming months, focusing on supporting young people in some of London’s most deprived areas, and providing new opportunities to build lifelong relationships with physical activity and sport.
Gareth Smith, who manages the Satellite Clubs programme in London said:
It is fantastic to have such a large number of Satellite Clubs across London that are working towards improving the health and wellbeing of so many young people. Without these opportunities, many young people could otherwise miss out on opportunities to play sport. We have had a real focus on working with organisations that can support harder to reach areas of London and understand the different barriers that young people face. It is great to see these local opportunities providing a chance for young people to express themselves, and through sport, bringing together local communities across London.