Project information

Greenhouse Sport Inclusive Swim Club

Our Inclusive Swim Club welcomes all young people aged 8-18 and our group of 62 members have a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties. The aim of our work is to develop young people’s life skills and to engage, empower and equip them to reach their full potential.

September 2015 - August 2016

Charity information: Greenhouse Sports Limited

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  • Need


    Young people with SEN do not have sufficient, well supported access to high quality sports and recreation in London. Many boroughs face a lack of community-based programmes that are inclusive and tailored towards young people with SEN. The Greenhouse Sports inclusive swim club is the only one of its kind in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and offers a unique opportunity for its disabled young residents to learn to swim in a safe, fun, and caring environment.


    The young people gain a great sense of achievement when improving their skills and the distance they are able to swim -boosting their confidence and self-image.
    By engaging in physical activity on a regular basis, the young people increase their physical health and general well-being. “Greenhouse Sports has changed my life, my confidence has increased so much.Being part of the swim club has made me realise that you can achieve anything despite your disabilities"

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give young people with SEN access to high quality sports and recreation in London


    » We provide three one hour swim club sessions every Saturday to cater for different abilities. We build their confidence by developing swimming ability
    » We offer other aquatic activities such as waterpolo and lifesaving for more competent swimmers to build confidence and ability to swim independently

    The Greenhouse Sports inclusive swim club is the only one of its kind in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham with participants coming from 10 other boroughs demonstrating its reach

    Aim 2

    To develop the Social, Thinking, Emotional and Physical (STEP) skills of participants


    » Our inspirational coaches offer a range of intensive, fun and stimulating activities aimed at developing a love of sportso we can develop STEP skills

    We will collect evidence from all participants using a questionnaire that focuses on the STEP capabilities.This will be assessed at the start & end of year for comparitive analysis

    Aim 3

    To offer competitive pathways & links to other organisations to develop young people's exposure


    » We work closely with other Swim 21 clubs in the area to offer competitive opportunities again other London swim clubs

    Through our ongoing participation in galas across London. We recently won Junior Team 1st place at the Lions Swimming Gala as well as a number of 1st and 2nd place positions

  • Impact


    We will achieve:
    -Increased access to, engagement with and enthusiasm for sport while improving participant fitness, well-being and self-confidence.
    -the development of strong positive relationships between the coach and the participants
    -Increased socialisation and more experience of social and sports events outside of the school day and the family home, and increased exposure to a range of places, leading to greater independence and comfort in new situations


    -Health & safety of SEN participants is always of paramount importance, especially in the pool environment. Our inspirational Head Coach is recruited and trained to be a skilled & qualified SEN coach. All volunteers are also trained and we have stringent procedures to ensure a safe environment at all times.

    - If we don't have enough volunteers/lifeguards then we cannot run our sessions - we generally have extremely dependable long term volunteers and ensure we have a steady push for new ones.


    Our annual reports are published every January for the previous academic year and we are proud to send all our generous donors a report to document the impact of their funding.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,357

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,447 Coaching staff salary Salary for Head Coach & Assistant coaches
      £2,080 Other staff costs Expenses for volunteers, transport costs
      £4,120 Participant & Equipment costs Kit, travel to swimming galas/events, hosting swim festivals, floats, emergency foil blankets
      £2,750 Other direct costs Medals, trophies, t-shirts
      £3,960 Semi variable expenses Programme support, impact evaluation, travel
  • Background


    The Greenhouse Sports inclusive swim club takes place at St. Paul's Girls School in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. It is the only one of its kind inclusive swim club in the borough and offers a unique opportunity for its disabled young residents to learn to swim in a safe, fun, and caring environment.


    Currently the swim club has 59 members. The majority (75%) of the swim club members live in the Hammersmith & Fulham borough, with others coming from Harrow, Havering, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington, Newham, Richmond, Southwark , Wandsworth and Westminster boroughs. Their ages range from 8-18 years and 45% of the members are female. These young people from diverse ethnicities have disabilities such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Down’s syndrome, and visual/hearing or speech impairments.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Inclusive Swim Club became the first club in London to gain the Amateur Swimming Association's Swim 21 Learn to Swim accreditation, a quality mark to swim clubs that provide high quality experiences. The assessor stated: "The expertise, dedication & commitment of staff are a testament to the success of the scheme. It was clear pupils were motivated & enjoying lessons. The charity plays an important part in developing their self-esteem, aquatic skills & to help them reach their full potential

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    Mike, who works for a global investment management company is one of our six inclusive swim club volunteers. He has volunteered with us for 4 years!

It's great to see first-hand the hugely positive impact Greenhouse Sports has on their lives.