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Black Prince Trust

#WeAreNotSpectators - Sport supporting Londoners in lockdown

A basketball court becomes a food distribution hub 

The Black Prince Trust is a community organisation in Kennington, focused on a leisure centre site within the Ethelred Estate.

In partnership with its provider stakeholders, the Trust creates opportunities for activity and support for people from deprived local communities.

From age 8 to 80, people can try basketball, football, athletics and boxing. Martial arts and boxing are also used to support, mentor and progress the lives of marginalised young people and those at risk of offending. 

The covid-19 pandemic stopped all sporting activity delivered in the Trust’s facilities. 

“We’re not going to stand by and be spectators” Jason Henley – Basketball Lead

The Trust pivoted to providing online sessions for yoga and boxing, so that regular users would have support and motivation to keep active. 

Meanwhile the basketball court was repurposed to become a food distribution hub, tackling the urgent problem of accessing essential items that vulnerable people faced during the lockdown.

The court is now a grocery storage and picking facility that serves 2000 vulnerable families and individuals across North Lambeth.

The Trust are working in partnership with Lambeth Council and Brixton People’s Kitchen to provide this service, using their resources and energy to continue their mission to keep people healthy and supported.