The free L&Q One Goal programme has returned for the February half-term break, after an extremely successful 2015 in which it engaged 10,000 young people aged 5-21 in London.
One Goal is a sports and creative arts programme that motivates young people to be physically active, make healthy lifestyle choices and enjoy creative pursuits during the school holidays.
It is being delivered by Leyton Orient Trust in Leyton and Redbridge and by seven other professional football clubs across the capital, including Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.
The project is being funded by the L&Q Foundation with a £387,000 grant, which ensures all activities are free and that there is no financial barrier for young people to get involved.
The One Goal programme sessions will include multisport, street dance, cookery, design your own T-shirts/Caps, reptile and exotic bird experiences, DJ workshops, boxing & self-defence, superheroes & princesses fancy dress up and creative gardening.
Paul Elliot, CBE, Former England Defender, says: “We know the power of football and what the sport means globally. Football is great at breaking down barriers and getting young people to challenge and better themselves. The programme’s inclusion of many different sports and creative activities is a valuable addition, which will allow even more young people to take part.”
Matthew Corbett, Assistant Director Community Investment for L&Q, said: “The One Goal programme has already had an incredible year, engaging more than twice the number of young people we originally hoped. L&Q and the partner clubs are all very pleased to be providing young people across London with fun and creative activities to look forward to for their summer holidays. Parents also get peace of mind because they know their children will be getting out of the house each day, learning new skills and making friends in a safe environment.”
The workshops this week, in association with the Leyton Orient Trust are as follows:
George Mitchell School, Burchall Road, Leyton, E10 5AZ
Wednesday 17th February: DJ Workshop 13.00pm -14.30pm | Football & Multi-Sports 14.30pm – 16.00pm
Thursday 18th February: Dance 13.00pm -14.30pm | Football & Multi-Sports 14.30pm – 16.00pm
Friday 19th February: Art Workshop 13.00pm -14.30pm | Football & Multi-Sports 14.30pm – 16.00pm
Loxford Park Youth Centre, Loxford Lane, IG1 2UT
Friday 19th February: Music & Dance 14.00pm -16.00pm | Football & Multi-Sports 16.00pm – 18.00pm