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StreetGames sports touch-down in Hackney

24 February 2015
Concorde and Morningside youth club members during their football coaching in Hackney

Young people from across Hackney took part in a series of dynamic sports activities during half term thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing and StreetGames.

StreetGames, a charity which provides sports activities to young people in communities across the UK, partnered with the Leyton Orient Trust and leading housing provider to deliver inspiring recreational games to residents in Hackney.

More than 50 youngsters from Concorde and Morningside Youth Club took part in the games which included kwik cricket, basketball, football and a table tennis competition, led by professional coaches from the Leyton Orient Trust.

Jo Revett, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “The StreetGames half term programme was a great success and we are impressed with the number of young people that took part.

“We are really pleased to fund this important project that enables young people to take part in exciting outdoor activities in Hackney, learning new skills and enjoying challenges.”

Trevor Duberry, creating opportunities manager, from Leyton Orient Trust, said: “We are really pleased to have the opportunity to deliver sports based engagement activities within the local area.

“The young people have embraced the various sports available with lots of enthusiasm and we look forward to the table tennis tournament planned for Easter and our regular weekly sports sessions.”

Jane Ashworth, CEO of StreetGames, commented: “This is very exciting for StreetGames. Housing associations operate in the heart of many communities, and are an ideal partner to reach local young people and encourage them to get involved in new activities tailored to their needs and right on their doorstep.”

Jane added: “This is not just about sport; it’s also about improving young peoples’ lives as they grow and help them develop as members of healthier, safer, stronger communities.”

To find out more about the StreetGames events in Hackney, follow @lotrust on Twitter.

This project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.