LMCT Girls' Initiative
For over 30 years, the community trusts of London’s football clubs have been harnessing the power of the football clubs to support Londoners across the capital.
Professional Football Club Community Organisations such as the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Palace for Life and Arsenal in the Community, have become important community catalysts. They have used their profile, skills and knowledge to engage groups of people who are often marginalised and socially disadvantaged and helped improve their life chances.
Collectively, these Club Community Organisations raise and spend over £40m annually in London and engage tens of thousands of people every week. This includes working through programmes funded centrally by the Premier League Charitable Fund such as Premier League Kicks, Primary Stars and Inspires as well as others commissioned by statutory agencies and grant giving charitable trusts.
In order to deliver greater collective impact across the capital, these 14 Club Community Organisations formed London United, a not for profit organisation that aims to:
Share knowledge and best practice.
Work with London wide organisations to understand how football clubs and the sport can help address wider social issues.
Deliver London wide programmes which improve lives, particularly young lives.
One of the main aims of London United is to improve young lives and funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust in 2019 has helped each Club Community Organisation to focus on increasing the number of female participants in the longstanding Premier League Kicks programme. Over the duration of the programme 5,000 girls and young women will be involved in a range of sport and activity initiatives, the majority of these participants will live in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the capital, and over 200 will achieve work related qualifications, secure a volunteering or work placement or part or full time employment. In time, this will ensure more females will become positive role models from girls and young women within their own communities.
Despite the impact of Covid 19, London United members have continued to ensure girls and young women have stayed involved in the programme through a mix of on-line and socially distanced activity projects. These include a virtual dance programme at Leyton Orient, school based activities for children of NHS and other front line workers at Millwall and motivational webinars by Chelsea FC Women’s players Hannah Blundell and Drew Spence.
Riverside School Barking
The Daggers Trust is a member of London United and before lockdown was working with local schools to deliver this programme. The Trust is currently reviving these links and one such example is the Riverside School group from Barking who meet together after school on a Friday afternoon for an hour's football coaching. The Trust has the ability to offer dance, multisports and other activities to groups of girls who meet the criteria and the Women & Girls Coordinator is currently working to establish further links now that schools are now open and the Trust is up and running. Any school interested in finding out more should write to firstname.lastname@example.org