Our Stories

We want to share inspiring stories of individuals and communities who have been empowered to engage in physical activity and sport. Our funding has enabled a wide range of initiatives, from creating accessible outdoor spaces to providing equipment and coaching for underrepresented groups.

These case studies showcase the impact that our grants have had in making London a more active and healthy city. 

Open Age runs dance classes and other activities to keep those over 50 physically active together. 

The mental impact of physical activity has incredible benefits on the older participants, keeping challenging them and reducing isolation.

“It keeps you healthy, but more than anything, it keeps your mind active and in working order. It is good for everything.” 

                                                – Tish

Barking Mosque provides boxing, archery and circuit classes to keep their local community active. 

One group they focus on is Muslim women, who traditionally haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of mainstream physical activity.

“Physical activity is so welcoming because it just allows me to maintain that energy levels and also for my mental wellbeing too.”

                                            – Christina

Wapping Youth FC is an award-winning grassroots football team, aiming to teach young Londoners the value of physical activity and community spirit through the beautiful game. 

Wapping allows its participants to learn about community leadership and even progress to coaching at the club.

“This club has really helped me progress. So this definitely boosted my confidence a lot more in other terms.”

                                                 – Faaris

Burgess Sport provides vulnerable young Londoners access to Sport as well as other key elements to developing healthy habits for life. 

Their Fit and Fed programme distributed meals to their participants, so that they could be properly fuelled to learn, play and enjoy the activities on offer.  


“It’s helped me to get more confident in school and a lot of other things as well.”

                                                   – Abdul

The Single Homeless Project uses sport and physical activity as a tool to aid the social integration of its participants. 

Through physical activity either in group settings or 1-to-1 sessions, participants are given the chance to recover socially, mentally and physically from their experiences being homeless.

“It’s good to get out to different areas, and meet new people. It’s better than being on the streets!”

                                            – David

Core Sport has worked with over 800 adults who have specific mental health needs, using physical activity and sport to aid recovery. 

The success of this approach to healthcare is evidenced by there being no hospital re-admissions of patients who partook in Core Sport since 2015. 

“I’ve hugely benefitted from attending Core Sports physically, confidence-wise, my self esteem. I think it’s something that should be a staple in a community.”

                                                – Andre