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Supporting Disadvantaged Children Through Sports

Greenhouse Sports celebrates 20th anniversary
Basketball in Peckham with charity Greenhouse Sports

For 20 years Greenhouse Sports has been leading the fight for a future where some of the most disadvantaged young people are supported and empowered to succeed in life through sports coaching and mentoring.

The charity has supported more than 50,000 children through their high-quality sport programmes, keeping them engaged with education whilst helping them to achieve better results, better jobs, and a better future. The magic of Greenhouse Sports ultimately sits with the phenomenal coaches who engage with the children and young people through sport and teach them important life-skills.

Jason Sugrue, Director of Coaching at Greenhouse Sports, described how important it is to him to work with the children and young people, "Coaching elite performers, it's seen as elite but coaching the children that we work with to become elite human beings is more important than any trophy I could ever win."

Children from the poorest families are three times more likely to not participate in any extra-curricular activities compared to those from better-off families. They lack many opportunities that are available to their wealthier peers and are more likely to:

  • Leave school with no qualifications,
  • Be excluded from school,
  • Get involved in crime and gang violence, and
  • Suffer from mental health issues.

These children miss out on the many positive outcomes that are linked to regular exercise. These include longer life expectancies, improved mental and physical health, and better grades in school. The lack of access to sport means they are also denied lessons in discipline, teamwork, and resilience, important qualities that will help them progress later in life and in their careers. Despite the well-documented advantages of sport participation, there is a striking lack of opportunities for poorer children.

Thanks to the vital support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, Greenhouse coaches can work full-time in schools running breakfast, lunch and after-school clubs, as well as holiday camps across London and now in Portsmouth and Leicester.

Players' Support

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised £3,125,000 for Greenhouse Sports, with funds awarded via Postcode Active Trust.

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People's Postcode Lottery players are helping deserving causes like Greenhouse Sports make a difference every single day. Read more about the range of Charities which our players support.

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Published: 25/07/2022

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