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31 March 2014

Tuesday 1 April 2014

The London Youth sports development programme, Getting Ready, has received new support from the Heathrow Community Fund with its work in three London boroughs being funded by Heathrow Communities for Youth.

The funding will support Getting Ready’s expansion into west London which is also funded by the GLA Mayor’s Participation Fund. This will allow London Youth to work with 15 youth clubs in the boroughs of Hillingdon, Ealing and Hounslow and provide sports provisions for at least 375 young people including 40% who were previously inactive.

London Youth are working with local delivery partners to engage young people and give them the opportunity to take part in ten-week sports programmes and achieve National Governing Body coaching qualifications.

Since Getting Ready launched in 2009 it has worked with over 7000 young Londoners with 40% of those having been previously inactive and 90% of them were still playing sport a year later. Another 107 have gained paid coaching experience as a result of training they received through Getting Ready, progressing them into sports careers and providing sporting role models in their communities.

Getting Ready supports London Youth’s wider work in ensuring that young people are supported and challenged to be the best they can be and encouraging young Londoners to participate in and develop a life-long love of sport and healthy activities, raising levels of personal and social health, confidence and wellbeing.

The important role community youth organisations, such as those involved in Getting Ready, play in supporting young people was acknowledged in the recently published ‘London Health Commission Summary of Call for Evidence’ which can be downloaded here along with the London Youth evidence submission.

If you’d like to find out more about London Youth’s work in west London contact sports development officer Kieran Connolly on 07736 619 609 or kconnolly@londonyouth.org.uk