Laser tag, multi-sports and arts and crafts were among an array of activities that drew record numbers to the L&Q One Goal holiday programme in Royal Greenwich and the London Borough of Bexley over Easter. There was even street dancing sessions and a football tournament to really keep youngsters on their toes.
The popular free programme for young people aged from 5 to 21 saw 994 attending the sessions, led by the Charlton Athletic Community Trust in Royal Greenwich and the London Borough of Greenwich.
One Goal is a sports and creative arts programme that motivates young people to be physically active, make healthy lifestyle choices and enjoy creative pursuits during the school holidays. The Easter programme attracted a record 3,641 young people around London and the South East.
The scheme is delivered by eight professional football clubs across the capital, including Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.
The project is being funded by the L&Q Foundation with a £387,000 grant, which ensures all activities are free and that there is no financial barrier for young people to get involved.
The One Goal programme sessions will include a football tournament, multi-sport, laser tag and inspirational design!
Paul Elliot, CBE, Former England Defender, says:
“We know the power of football and what the sport means globally. Football is great at breaking down barriers and getting young people to challenge and better themselves. The programme’s inclusion of many different sports and creative activities is a valuable addition, which will allow even more young people to take part.”
Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, said:
“London is world-renowned for its sport and culture. As Mayor I’m committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles, so I am really proud to see this successful partnership between some of the capital’s biggest football clubs and a valued housing partner continue for another year. I’m confident it will inspire even more young Londoners to get active and creative during their summer holidays.”
Sean Daly, Head of Football and Sports Development at Charlton Athletic Community Trust, said:
“The funding for grassroots sport and creative arts is crucial, so L&Q’s investment and the delivery expertise of all involved has ensured this project has been a success and benefited the young people of London. After the success of last year, we are looking forward to kicking off Easter activities to get young people active and enjoying sport.”
Matthew Corbett, Assistant Director Community Investment for L&Q, said:
“The One Goal programme is hugely popular, and continually attracts record numbers of young people. L&Q is pleased to be working with partner clubs to be providing young people across London with fun and creative activities to look forward to for their holidays. Parents also get peace of mind because they know their children will be getting out of the house each day, learning new skills and making friends in a safe environment. The team are already planning activities for the half-term and the summer, so watch this space!”
For more information about One Goal, go to www.cact.org.uk/lq-one-goal