Project information

Summer Olympians 2016

To give very vulnerable children living in central London the opportunity to access sports, arts and healthy eating activities through our Summer project. We aim to improve the confidence of every child who attends this project as well as help them learn key skills for life, such as teamwork.

July 2016 - September 2016

Charity information: Solidarity Sports

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  • Need


    There is a lack of affordable activities for children with behavioural issues in central London. The local Play Service have recently increased the cost of their summer scheme from £8 per day to £12 per day – a significant increase for large families on low incomes. One of our mums explains, “My son has got problems because I can see that at home. But it does not help when they just send him home and ban him. I can’t cope because I suffer from seizures.”


    We will provide a safe and friendly place where children can play sports in a non-threatening competitive atmosphere. Children will develop co-ordination, fitness, communication and social skills. Our children will cook and eat nutritious food and they will learn about the dangers of an unhealthy diet. Arts and Crafts will help children express their emotions and thoughts. Our ratio of 1 adult to 3 children will ensure that children always have a caring adult close to them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Making our children more active through sports.


    » By providing a selection of fun ball and running games, children will become more active over the Summer and spend more time outside.

    What success will look like

    Between 80-100 children will have spent their summer holiday active and participating in different sports between 10am- 5pm daily. We will keep a daily register.

    Aim 2

    Making our children healthier through teaching them about healthy eating.


    » We will speak to our children about the importance of healthy eating and link this to being able to play sports more effectively.
    » Children will be offered opportunities throughout the summer to cook and prepare their own healthy snacks, meals and desserts.

    What success will look like

    We will have a 'food quiz' at the start of the project and at the end. This will give us a chance to see what our children have learnt during the project.

    Aim 3

    Helping our children make friends and gain confidence.


    » Through sports activities offered the children will meet other children, and engage in team sports and will learn to encourage each other.
    » On the way to the location and back, choosing the right partners between children in crucial. It is a great way for children to build friendhsips.

    What success will look like

    Our team will closely observe children and their interactions. We'll ask children often how they are feeling and note down their responses. We will have group discussions daily.

    Aim 4

    Helping our children gain key skills for life, such as teamwork and responsibility.


    » Through our Sports based activities, the children will learn teamwork. Children will also learn to take responsibility and be 'captain' of a team.
    » Arts activities will encourage children to express their emotions and thoughts which research shows greatly benefit our most vulnerable children.

    What success will look like

    We will write case-studies on our impact. At previous projects, we have seen how some children shy away from participating initially to eagerly captaining a team a few days later.

    Aim 5

    Providing young people with mentoring and experience through volunteering.


    » Give young volunteers motivation to help others, taking a lead role rather than spending spare time on screens or possibly in gangs.
    » After the project, we'll have a celebration meal with our volunteers where we will talk about the summer. This will make them feel valued and proud.

    What success will look like

    We'll ask volunteers to complete a questionaire before/after the project. Questions such as 'How confidence are you about resolving children's disputes' will help us see impact

  • Impact


    Our Summer project will:
    - encourage children to take part in sport on a regular basis rather than a sedentary activity such as ipad or television.
    - give young people the opportunity to train as sports coaches and achieve employment in this field or similar fields.
    - increase children’s confidence and broaden their horizons thereby raising their aspirations and enhancing their prospects.
    - we'll demonstrate this by always keeping in close contact with our families, via phone and homevisits


    The risks are that a child could get lost during one of our trips. This will be mitigated by:
    • the children wearing high-visibility vests whilst we travel and wearing an ID wrist band.
    • the children being split into groups of five per adult
    • the children being fully briefed on what to do if they get lost.
    All children with special needs will have a one on one adult.
    There is a risk that a child could get hurt during our sports activities. There will always be a first aid trained adult close


    We will report to our donors via email by:
    • sending high quality photos
    • sending case-studies on our children and the impact we have
    • we will encourage our donors to follow us on social media to see our journey
    If we receive enough funding, we will make a short film on our summer project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,740

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,100 Project Manager £90 x 20 days and 3 x monitoring day @ £100 each
      £3,700 WellBeing coaches 3 coaches @ £60 /day for 20 days plus £100 equipment
      £1,200 Location Rent Rent of premises for 8 days
      £2,100 Transport and Trips Transport: £150 per day for 10 days; Trips: £150 per day for 4 days
      £1,600 10 Volunteers £80 total per day for 10 volunteers for 20 days
      £1,400 Drinks/Meals/Cookware to provide healthy meals, snacks and drinks
      £1,340 Admin Overheads, heating, lighting, phone, insurance etc
      £1,300 Arts and Craft teacher £60 per day @ 20 days plus £100 equipment

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Thomas Schools Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Solidarity Sports works with children from some of the most socially and economically deprived wards in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster. Child poverty in H&F and Westminster runs at almost 40% and ingrained patterns of poverty and deprivation repeat across generations. Levels of inequality are stark. North Kensington and North Westminster lack accessible green space for children to play outside; they are not allowed to enter the private parks.


    The main problems our families face are:
    - Drug abuse: children we look after live in households where drug abuse is prevalent
    - Depression: mothers of our children have attempted suicide due to depression
    - Domestic violence
    - Neglect
    - Financial hardship: many of our families are really struggling to pay basic bills
    - Overcrowding: e.g mother and two 11 year old children live in 1 bedroom flat.
    - Sedentary lifestyles: too much time spent looking at a screen
    - Malnutrition is common.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our approach is to create an ‘extended family’ and form close and trusting relationships with our families. Consequently we can engage those hardest to reach. We achieve our aims through inviting children from all walks of life to our projects. However, priority is given to very vulnerable children referred from social services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Sean Mendez

    Project Manager: as founder of Solidarity Sean is in a unique position to reach out to these families and has gained their trust over the years.

    Mr Karl Donaldson

    With over 20 years experience working in youth services, including outreach as well as detached work, Karl will be providing one to one support.

“Working with the children at Solidarity Sports gave me an outlook on life that was purely hopeful. Seeing the innocence and imagination in these kids who have been through so much was inspirational and proves that the world may not be a horrible place after all”

Hinna, volunteer, 18.