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Project information

Outdoor Sports Surface

We plan to renovate a 33 by 27ft area in our organisation’s garden space so we can increase the physical activity of young people within our open access provision and offer sports as a way to both improve mental well-being and as an alternative to anti-social behaviour.

January 2019 - January 2019

Charity information: Christ Church Roxeth

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  • Need


    Despite an increase in knife, gang & drug crime on the Grange Farm estate, we are building great relationships with a growing number of young people there. We are struggling, however, with limited facilities available, particularly facilities that would give us space to be active. Our needs analysis within our groups has also identified mental and emotional wellbeing for areas of concern.


    Many of the young people who attend our drop-ins are looking to play sport but there is not a safe enough space for them to be active. Our groups act as a refuge (away from the violence on the estate) & through sport we are able to teach respect & discipline & increase well-being. Renovating this area of garden space by laying a sport-suitable surface would enable us to have a suitable venue close to areas of poverty & inequality to address some of these issues through physical activity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a safer environment where young people can be physically active


    » We will build a multi-purpose, safe sports area to be used by young people within our community.

    What success will look like

    Young people’s feedback will reflect that the sports space (& the result of having increased sport activities) has been beneficial as part of their development.

    Aim 2

    To offer sport as respite and a way of increasing mental & emotional well-being


    » We will be able to run after school sport activities with specific foci (mental wellbeing, healthier lifestyles or anti-social behaviour etc.)

    What success will look like

    Using outcome stars we will see young people who have identified as having low self-esteem, physical health or confidence improve in these areas.

    Aim 3

    To offer sport as an alternative to anti-social behaviour


    » We will be able to run after school sport activities with specific foci (mental wellbeing, healthier lifestyles or anti-social behaviour etc.)

    What success will look like

    We will engage young people in positive sporting activities within a safe space rather than seeing them get caught up in anti-social activities.

    Aim 4

    To run sport as informal education, aiding in young people’s reflection of lifestyle choices


    » We will offer sports training for leaders (both adult & junior leaders) to aid in coaching and further development and use of the space.

    What success will look like

    Youth workers will report positive conversations and informal-learning “moments” from the sports space in session debriefs.

    Aim 5

    For young people to be more physically active and leading healthier lifestyles


    » This will mean we are able to offer more sport activities than we are currently able to during our drop-in clubs.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in number of young people involved in sport activities at our drop-ins.

  • Impact


    We will engage an increasing number of young people in positive sporting activities that lead to healthier lifestyle choices and all-round mental and emotional well-being. Long-term we would want to see young people – particularly from deprived areas - developed into sports coaches and helping peers find a positive outlet through sport. Those who are living with mental ill-health we would hope to see adopting an increasingly active lifestyle as a coping and well-being strategy.


    Our biggest risk is that because the church is quite secluded we could see numbers of young people decrease if they decide they don’t want to travel there. We are actively tackling this risk by doing detached work before our drop-ins and walking up the hill with them. We are also in talks with the local council about the possibility of a mini-bus service. Although the space is secluded we see this as an advantage of our project as it adds to the sense of it being a safe “refuge” to retreat to.


    We would look to create a video (young person led) that would be sent round to all of our donors. They would also be invited to join our monthly update newsletter and have opportunities throughout the year to visit the site to see-first hand the difference they have made.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Sports Surface Contractors to prepare ground work and fit specialist sports surface & equipment (hoop & net)
  • Background


    CCR is situated in the middle of Roxeth Hill (near South Harrow). Economically the difference between the top and bottom of the hill could not be more miles apart. This creates a unique context within our youth work - we are a uniquely diverse youth club reflective of the population (wealth, race, religion etc…) The bottom of the hill (the Grange Farm Estate) has over the past year seen a significant rise in knife, gang and drug crime.


    Through our two drop-ins & detached work we come into contact with 60 young people each week, a number that is steadily increasing (particularly each time we invest in growing our team). A sports facility would encourage others to participate within our programme & benefit the majority of attendees. The church also runs a Toddler Group (up to 36 children each week), who would be additional beneficiaries, as a better outdoor surface would provide a safer space for their activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the last few years we have developed excellent professional working relationships with young people in our community and CCRYouth is well on its way to becoming a key partner in the transformation of a generation. We take real pride in our work, recently being awarded Bronze accreditation from London Youth & have a growing team who are passionate about finding innovative & creative new ways of supporting young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Temitope Taiwo (Full-Time Staff Member)

    Despite only being in post 2 months, already has an excellent rapport with young people and is trusted when inviting young people to activities.

    Erina Sebuliba (Volunteer)

    Erina is passionate about young people & mental health, she has a fantastic way of encouraging all to participate within activities.

    Alan Dempster (Full-Time Staff Member)

    Alan is the church’s Operations Manager and is experienced in organising contractors and managing people- the perfect support in a building project.