Earlier this year the Daggers Trust successfully made a bid to the National League Trust to fund a series of multisport activities for local children during the school holidays. The activities are aimed to “Change attitudes, change minds and change lives”. The Daggers Trust is extremely grateful to the National League Trust and all the other funders which support the Trust in its ventures. Without their support, the Trust simply couldn’t function.
The current series of camps follow on from the very successful camps operated at the end of the lockdown periods during the COVID, where the Trust and its partners, including the Metropolitan Police, May and Baker Sports Club and Box Up Crime operated eight weeks of multisport and football camps for children aged 8-16.
The majority of the children invited to the camps have been recognised by local schools, churches and clubs as being ‘in need’. That ‘need’ is not just financial, it can be social, mental or physical. Some youngsters, post lockdown, need to get out, run around, make new friends and develop new skills. The multisport nature of the activities provides opportunities not just for fun, but also development. Working closely with PSCO John Joseph BEM from the Metropolitan Police, we are working to change behaviour and awareness at an early age, helping youngsters take greater control of their futures and hopefully prevent them from becoming entangled in anti-social behaviour and crime at a later stage.
The current cohort is both inclusive and diverse with participants coming from a multitude of different backgrounds, levels of ability (or disability) and aged from 5-13 years old.
During the last week, the group was joined on Tuesday by five officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) in Chadwell Heath and 2 local officers from the Local Neighbourhood Team. Very few opportunities exist for police officers to actively engage with young people of this age, but things are changing pan London and across the country. The Daggers Trust was at the forefront of this development in recent years. The camps provide the coaches, parents, children and partners to learn, grow and develop. We welcome the support we have received from the Metropolitan Police at all levels in our ventures.
The camps are being held at May and Bakers Sports Club and will occupy the first three weeks in August, with a further week planned for the Autumn term.
The activities help the youngsters to develop their soft life skills, including communication, teamwork, decision making and much more. They are encouraged to make friends, set challenges and step outside of their comfort zones.
Daggers Trust, helping to change attitudes, change minds and change lives.
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