Children from three primary schools across the borough of Ealing took advantage of the sun and joined one of this year's Street Elite Festivals at the Gurnell Leisure Centre in Perivale on Thursday 3rd July.
Street Elite is a training programme using sport and mentoring to motivate young people who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET). The programme offers intensive support to young people sometimes living on the edge of gangs and crime, helping them gain the confidence and skills to get a job or go on to further education.
The programme reaches a climax each year at a series of events held across London. The Street Elite graduates showcase their coaching skills and personal development in a one day sports festival. Hundreds of young people from local schools converge in a borough-wide event that celebrates the power of sport to change people's lives.
On 3 July, pupils from North Ealing School, William Perkin School and Downe Manor Schools had a chance to learn a host of new sports, from boxing to street dance and rowing to rugby. They were joined at the Festival by the Leader of Ealing Council, Cllr Julian Bell; the Mayor of Ealing, Kamaljit Dhindsa; and Ian Dobie, Managing Director of St George West London.
"Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing day today. The children thoroughly enjoyed trying all the sports alongside your great leaders and many have said they hope to take up some of them in the near future or at their high schools. PLEASE invite us again next year" Mr Wareing, a teacher at North Ealing School.
Street Elite is delivered by the Change Foundation in partnership with the Berkeley Foundation. 65 young women and men were recruited onto the programme in January. None of them were in education or employment. So far, more than 80% have successfully completed the training, got a job or found a place in education. Every person who completes Street Elite is offered a work placement with the Berkeley Group