With help from players of People's Postcode Lottery, Greenhouse Sports places inspirational coaches in London's most disadvantaged communities in order to support hard-to-reach young people. Thanks to players' generous support, young people are able to attend sports programmes before, during, and after school that develop not only their physical health and fitness, but also their social skills and mental wellbeing. Last year alone, over 7,600 young people were reached by Greenhouse Sports. Players of People's Postcode Lottery have directly supported 40 of these inspirational programmes.
Thanks to the funding received from players, now totalling £900,000, Greenhouse Sports delivers high quality intensive sports programmes across London. The level of sporting excellence reached by many participants is a testament to the hours of dedication and commitment they put in, but the main focus is in nurturing young people's life skills and resilience.
Fundamental to this focus is the charity's uniquely developed STEP Framework, which acts as a guiding principle and goal for developing Social, Thinking, Emotional, and Physical skills in the young participants.
After losing his mum, table tennis played an extremely important role in the emotional wellbeing of North West London schoolboy Solomon.
"When my mum passed, table tennis helped me to stay calm and be happy. I can be sad a lot of times but playing table tennis helps me to keep happy."
Solomon attends the Greenhouse Sports table tennis programme at his school, and receives extra support and vital mentoring from his Greenhouse Sports coach Jason through one-to-one sessions.
"One-to-ones help me a lot, and if I'm being bad he tells me to go to lessons - he's just a really good coach," said Solomon.
Coach Jason spoke with pride about Solomon's progress over the past three years:
"I have been doing this job a long time and I have never been prouder of a young person. Solomon is a leader but also understands the importance of teamwork. He communicates well with students, staff, and all people he mixes with. Solomon is solution-focused and is determined to improve in and out of the game. He has big ambitions and his confidence is growing each and every minute."
Solomon agreed, "I'd like to play for England, be number one, and try to be the best I can be. That needs commitment, dedication and just working hard every day."
Solomon's story is just one example of the work being done by Greenhouse Sports coaches to support young people and raise their aspirations through sport.