Page 26 - ONSIDE Issue 29

Basic HTML Version

The Foundation has been proudly working in partnership
with City Hall on delivering the Mayor of London: Facility
Fund.The Fund is part of the Mayor’s commitment to
deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games.
Every London Borough right across the capital will benefit from new or refurbished
spor ts facilities thanks to this Fund, meaning the Games will live on long after the final
medal has been handed out!
To give you a taster, here are three examples of new facilities that have already been
built thanks to the Mayor’s money.
Mayor Boris Johnson visited TreeHouse School, at the Pears
National Centre for Autism Education in Nor th London, to see
its outdoor all-weather games area, which was par t financed
through a £21,000 Mayor of London: Facility Fund grant.
The Mayor joined pupils fromTreeHouse and nearby Muswell
Hill Primary school taking par t in a football session, in a unique
programme designed to bring children of all abilities together
to play spor t.
Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious About Autism,
“We are delighted to welcome the Mayor of London,
Boris Johnson, to Ambitious About Autism, home of
TreeHouse School.Without City Hall’s generous grant for
our outdoor games area we could not have built the much
needed sports facility.
“Now our pupils are able to experience sports with other
local school children in a fun and inclusive setting, which is
an excellent way of raising awareness of autism and
deepening people’s understanding of it.”
Her colleague, Julia Lampard, also explained how the site has
created links with neighbouring Muswell Hill Primary School
that are bringing mutual benefits.
“Some of our children have
severe autism.This affects their social interaction, so often
they don’t communicate through speech,”
she said.
But an exchange scheme has helped to bring them out of their
“Year Six pupils at Muswell Hill Primary School mentor
the TreeHouse kids.The pitch gets used [in these sessions]
for relay-racing activities, cooperative-type games and kicking
balls into goals. Often in groups – perhaps six or seven
mainstream pupils, and six or seven fromTreeHouse.
“Before the pitch, it was difficult, as we didn’t have the right
kind of environment. Now it is so popular that there is a
waiting list, and the mainstream pupils have to apply.”
Julia described a fur ther unexpected bonus:
“The mainstream
primary school reports that under-performing kids’
behaviour and attention improved as a result of the
mentoring programme.”
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 29