Project information

Summer Olympians 2017

To give very vulnerable children living in central London the opportunity to access sports, arts and healthy eating activities (Monday to Thursday) as well as go on some amazing trips (every Friday). We aim to improve the confidence of every child we meet and help build skills for life.

July 2017 - August 2017

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 enjoy sports, arts and food activities in a nuturing environment. Children will develop their health, communication and social skills. They will cook and eat nutritious food and learn the importance of a healthy 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. Our Friday trips are educational and inspiring.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Helping our children to become more active through Sports.


    » By providing a variety of fun ball and running games, children will become more active over the Summer and spend more time outside.
    » Through plenty of verbal encouragement from the staff/volunteers, our children will have a increased positive feeling about taking part in sports.

    What success will look like

    We will keep a daily register of the children attending, as well as take photos and videos of them taking part.

    Aim 2

    Helping our children become healthier through teaching them about healthy, nutritious 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 and the children a chance to see what they have learnt during the project.

    Aim 3

    Helping our children make friends and gain confidence.


    » Through sports activities offered the children will meet and other children, and engage in team sports and will learn to encourage each other.
    » On the way to the location and back, children have the opportunity to choose partners, which is a great way for children to build friendships.

    What success will look like

    We 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.


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

  • 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 through building positive relationships with their peers and our staff/volunteers.
    - we'll demonstrate this by always keeping in close contact with our families, via phone and home visits.


    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 three 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: £13,620

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,100 Project Manager £90 x 20 days and 3 x monitoring day @ £100 each
      £3,700 well being coaches 3 coaches @ £60 /day for 20 days plus £100 equipment
      £1,200 Location Rent Rent of premises for 8 days
      £1,560 Transport and Trips Transport: £120 per day for 8 days; Trips: £150 per day for 4 days
      £1,600 10 volunteers £80 total per day for 10 volunteers for 20 days
      £1,000 Drinks/Meals/Cookware to provide healthy meals, snacks and drinks
      £1,340 Admin Overheads, heating, lighting, phone, insurance etc
      £1,120 Arts and Crafts teacher £60 per day for 17 days plus £100 equipment

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Thomas School £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The location will be Kensington Aldridge Academy and the 4 trips will be around London, such as adventure parks and ice-skating. 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.


    Children with the following issues will benefit:
    - 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 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 trusting relationships with our families. We have close links with Social Services and refuges who refer very vulnerable children to us. Consequently we can engage those hardest to reach. We have worked hard over the last 9 years to build a trust in the communities we work in and strive to maintain this when new families join us. "I feel safe leaving my children with you. Your staff are friendly and always have time for a chat." Mother.

    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.