‘One Goal’ for youth in London

by Football XI Editorial | Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2015


Young people across London are set to kick off the summer holidays with the ‘One Goal’ programme, a free year-long sports and creative arts programme organised by nine professional football clubs with a £387,000 grant from L&Q housing association.

The One Goal programme’s nine partner clubs—Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Dagenham & Redbridge, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Milwall, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham—will use sport to involve, motivate and inspire more than 5,000 young people aged (5-21 years old) across the city over the next year. The project is the first time these nine clubs have come together to work on one London-wide initiative.


David James, London FA County Development Manager, said: “It is a pleasure to see the launch of the One Goal programme for the start of the summer holidays and we look forward to supporting the project. Funding for grassroots sport is crucial so L&Q’s investment and the delivery expertise of the nine Professional clubs will ensure this is a success, for the benefit of young people in London.”


Matthew Corbett, L&Q’s Assistant Director for Community Investment, said:“Children across the communities we serve in London will be able to access a year of fun, football related activities from their local clubs for free. We are glad to be playing our part encouraging them to take up sport from a young age and to benefit from the positive life skills and well-being that go hand in hand with regular physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle.”


The £387,000 grant from the L&Q Foundation will ensure that the programme is free—removing any financial barrier for young people to get involved—and the nine football clubs have donated more than £60,000 in-kind.


Through the programme the young people will be able to access sport sessions and skill workshops, creative activities including arts and creative writing as well as chose to develop coaching qualifications.


Part of the project’s coordinated approach within the community will see the clubs offer a total of six apprenticeship opportunities to young people who secure qualifications through the summer programme.


For more information on ‘One Goal’ and to register for the summer programmes in your area, please visit www.cact.org.uk/what-we-do/football-and-sports-development/l-and-q-one-goal/

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