Sports Fun 4 All supports 3 – 19-year-olds through the provision of sports-based activities to:
- create safe, positive learning environments that will help them to live healthier lives, improve their mental and physical wellbeing and reduce social isolation;
- remove barriers to accessing high-quality facilities that will empower them to use sport as a vehicle for change in their community through volunteering opportunities; and
- develop their soft skills and provide opportunities to access accredited qualifications and training to increase employment opportunities.
Sports Fun 4 All was set up by our founder Kieran Connolly in September 2016 as there was a lack of football coaching for young people who were not part of organised football teams.
Kieran had previously worked for Millwall Community Scheme on the Kickz Programme at Downham Leisure Centre. Kieran attended the gym at Downham and saw an unused astroturf in an area with high levels of deprivation and lots of young people who love football.
Sports Fun 4 All started off delivering two football projects at Bellingham Green and Downham Leisure Centre funded through Lewisham Assembly Funding. Due to the success of both projects, they continued once the funding finished. The Bellingham Green Project moved to Goldsmiths Community Centre, but after much success in the first few weeks, we outgrew this and moved to Forster Memorial Park in April 2017. In June 2017, we started our Sunday session and have run ever since.