The programme aims to offer a comprehensive support package to disadvantaged and vulnerable 11–16 year olds at critical transition points in their lives.
Helping them to develop their life skills in order to bring about positive changes for individuals who are unrepresented and residing in some of the most disadvantaged communities in London. Fit 4 Life harnesses the power that football has to positively improve a young person’s wellbeing. Young people take part in a series of workshops which run alongside a football and coaching programme over 10 weeks. Workshops are followed by a one-hour drop-in session, where those individuals identified as being most-in-need are offered further one-to-one support with our counsellor as necessary.
The programme was initially funded for two years by the Berkeley Foundation in 2018 and the programme is still ongoing, funded by UK Youth. We are currently working in partnership with Partisan CIC, a team of community psychotherapists and psychologists, delivering a programme to pupils at City Heights Academy and SMP participants.