12 December 2016
Kentish Town Community Centre has been open for over 12 years, providing activities, events, advice and support for the local community. The thriving multi-purpose community resource provides a wide range of services, activities and meeting spaces for people of all ages and work to improve health inequalities, reduce social isolation and financial insecurity for local residents.
The club runs three core projects and hosts a range of events and activities with the support of partner organisations. One of these projects is City Leaders.
The City Leaders group consists of 8 girls who attend the youth club. They invited Cassie, Youth Action Delivery Officer at London Youth for a session to talk through their ideas and clarify any questions they had about the programme in general. They came up with many creative ideas and it soon became clear they were big Arsenal fans .They wanted to use the Team Stage to bond by participating in something football related. They proceeded by contacting Steve Davies from the Arsenal Community Hub to arrange a Arsenal Stadium tour, a coaching session and some Nando’s food afterwards. The whole day went down really well and the girls even made time to take selfies in the tunnel!
At the beginning of December they pitched for their Club Stage. Accompanied with a professional presentation, the team explained they would like to co-ordinate boxing sessions with Mixed Martial Arts for Reform and Progression (MMARAP) twice a week for different age groups. The trainers will be female boxing instructors and they will receive some equipment through the getting ready programme. Their pitch was informative and they all spoke with confidence. The panel had prepared questions but their thorough presentation answered them all. They had completed a survey for the members of the club to participate in, researched the best coaches and thought about the sustainability of their project which they hope will not end after their Club Stage.
The panel was unanimous and the full £400 was given to the club. We very much look forward to seeing the boxing sessions in action. We also wish KTCC the best of luck with their Community Stage.