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Global crowd visits more local, London projects

Global crowd visits more local, London projects

The 60 attendees from all over the world at the Beyond Sport Summit have just gone off to visit five great London-based projects that use sport to improve various communities around the city.

Fight For Peace – Fight For Peace Academy, in North Woolwich

This project, which was founded by Beyond Sport Ambassador Luke Dowdeny, works to overcome division and violence and promote the potential of young people through boxing, martial arts, education programmes and youth support services, and is the second of these projects in operation, the first which is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This is an example of how to develop partnerships and sponsorship, as well as how to replicate a project in another country. Fight For Peace works to overcome division and violence and promote the potential of young people through boxing, martial arts, education programmes and youth support services, and is the second of these projects in operation, the first which is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Greenhouse Charities – Burlington Danes Academy, in Hammersmith
This Beyond Sport Awards shortlisted project works with young people all over the city, giving them sports and performing arts coaching 48 weeks a year, 40 hours a week, with coaches and mentors that also help them to develop positive life skills including discipline, team-work and self-respect.

This particular site is an example of using mentors, sport, and partnerships with schools to instill a stay-in-school system for youths in disadvantaged urban environments. Additionally, the school recently added table tennis as a sport offered to the students, making it an example of a project that is continually using innovative ways to grow and expand.

StreetGames - Lilian Baylis Old School, in Lambeth
StreetGames, a Beyond Sport Awards shortlisted project, runs a programme out of Lilian Baylis Old School, which has become a hub of activity for the community. It attracts hundreds of visits per week, predominantly by local children and young people, and multiple programmes on education, employment and community-building use it as a home.

This is an example of how to use a venue for multiple purposes and how to connect the surrounding community and local authorities. StreetGames itself utilises the charity’s ‘doorstep sport' philosophy to make sport accessible to young people who may otherwise miss out on the opportunity. Additionally, the site itself has served as centre point for the surrounding community of Southeast London.

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Alexandra Chalat

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Monday, July 6, 2009 - 23:00

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