Big Lottery funds year of sport for London youths

The National Lottery has contributed £7,000 to keeping the community active on CityWest Homes managed estate Lisson Green, London.

The funding is the result of local Tenants and Residents Association TARA approaching the National Lottery Building Active Communities fund, which is for projects which help people and the communities they live in.

Most of the funding will provide a whole year’s worth of sports coaching on the estate. The Teach Sport project is aimed at engaging young people in the area and will also be used towards the cost of an outdoor gym.

To celebrate both the funding and community, Lisson Green held its’ first International Day in May. Visitors were treated to a football tournament, craft activities, entertainment and food. As a day dedicated to celebrating community through family activities and sport, it was the perfect setting to wave the National Lottery flag for the first time. Westminster’s leading provider of housing management services, CityWest Homes, supported the event with further funding TSG Building Services, Tesco, and Double Tree by Hilton.

Jeanette Buckley, a local resident and TARA committee member, said: “We wanted to hold a festival in the area to celebrate all the nationalities living together and ensure that everyone felt included.

“There was something for everyone and we thank all our partners, including London Business School and CityWest Homes for providing the volunteers, and Paddington Development Trust for the smoothie bike.”

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund deputy director England, said: “The 'Awards for All' programme is all about supporting people taking the lead to make a positive change in their local areas. This excellent project will help improve the local community through National Lottery funding.”

Photograph captions:

IMAGE 1: Joining forces – waving the blue flag on Lisson Green
IMAGE 2: Taking the smoothie bike for a test drive

IMAGE 3: Residents of all ages enjoy the crafts activities.

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