We’re delighted to once again join forces with ukactive and Sported, in collaboration with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to support young people throughout the current half-term holidays in east London.

Our mentors will be heading to London East Alternative Provision (LEAP) in Stepney Green to engage young people in sport and physical activity. This follows on from a successful pilot heard earlier this year, where we joined ukactive at the Harris Academy in south London.

The Open Doors programme has been awarded a new £160k grant by the GLA which will be used to unlock school facilities outside of term time across London, and give vulnerable young people an opportunity to play in a safe and welcoming environment during half-term.

Using the Government’s COVID-secure guidance, the programme will run during the school holidays until March 2021. It comes at a crucial time, with COVID-19 widening the inequalities gap experienced by many children and young people.

The model focuses on providing the most vulnerable children and young people with safe and accessible spaces, unlocking school sports facilities as trusted environments where they are able to engage in sports and physical activity, mentoring and education, facilitated by positive role models, mentors and coaches. The young people who attend will also be provided healthy snacks and lunch.

By creating hubs for activity and youth engagement, Open Doors works to reduce youth violence and crime by making positive community connections, while also improving physical and mental health.

Phil Hannah, our National Programmes Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Open Doors programme once again over the course of the October half-term.

“Following the successful launch of the programme earlier this year, we’re pleased to be joining forces with ukactive and Sported to help provide a vital intervention during a time when young people need our support more than ever. We’re particularly looking forward to working with and supporting the young people from London East Alternative Provision.

“At Dallaglio RugbyWorks, we know the importance of sport and physical activity can have in shaping a young person’s life and helping them to engage positively in their education and their future, and that is why programmes like Open Doors are essential during a year when young people have lost so much.”

Find out more about the ukactive Open Doors programme here!