‘Big Give’ Christmas appeal takes on Greenhouse Sports programme for schoolchildren

PUBLISHED: 13:05 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 26 November 2018

Ping Ping practice helping beat school truancy and improving class work. Picture: Stephen Pover

Ping Ping practice helping beat school truancy and improving class work. Picture: Stephen Pover

Stephen Pover

A sports programme for youngsters aimed at tackling school truancy and improving classroom work is appealing for cash in the ‘Big Give’ Christmas challenge from tomorrow.

Basketball at Harris Invictus Academy. 

Picture: Ben StevensBasketball at Harris Invictus Academy. Picture: Ben Stevens

Greenhouse Sports professional coaches run activities in 45 schools across London for disadvantaged youngsters including the East End. like at St Paul’s Way secondary in Bow Common.

Six Tower Hamlets schools are included in the Greenhouse Sports programme—St Paul’s Way, Phoenix, Raine’s, Morpeth, Central Girls and Oaklands.

“We can’t make a difference in 7,500 young lives without support from appeals like the ‘big give’ challenge,” Greenhouse Sports chief executive John Herriman said. “Donations can have double the impact at Christmas as a gift that keeps giving all year round with youngsters getting professional coaching and a safe place to be.”

The programme pays for ‘after school’ and holiday clubs to give youngsters growing up in disadvantaged areas a chance to develop sporting and life skills to reach their full potential, by reducing truancy and raising academic performance.

St Paul’s Way executive head teacher Phil Ackerman said: “The holistic approach by Greenhouse coaches means that we see benefits in pupils’ school attendance, attitude and achievement.”

The Big Give challenge is from 12pm on #GivingTuesday tomorrow until December 4, offering an alternative to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzies to make a difference for charities instead. The match-funding platform has so far topped £98m for charities since 2008.

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