L&Q open the scoring for Easter with One Goal scheme

Youngsters in Croydon and Sutton can look forward to two weeks of free sports-related activities over the upcoming Easter break, brought to them by L&Q One Goal programme.

Charlton defender Jason Pearce attending a previous L&Q One Goal activity day with a group of south London children

Crystal Palace Football Club will be leading the programme from next Monday, April 3, to Thursday April 13.

Sessions, to be staged in Broad Green and New Addington, are for for young people aged 5 to 21 and  will offer multi-sports activities. On Thursday April 7, there are special Easter activities for under-13s.

One Goal is a sports and creative arts programme that motivates young people to be physically active, make healthy lifestyle choices and enjoy creative pursuits during the school holidays. It is returning after an extremely successful February half-term, when more than 2,165 young people enjoyed sessions around London and the south-east.

L&Q is one of the country’s leading housing associations and one of London’s largest residential developers, owning or managing nearly 100,000 homes in London and the south-east. Their community youth  scheme is delivered by eight professional football clubs across the capital, and is funded by the L&Q Foundation with a £387,000 grant, which ensures all activities are free.

Sean Daly, the head of football and sports development at one of the participating clubs, Charlton, said: “The funding for grassroots sport and creative arts is crucial, so L&Q’s investment and the delivery expertise of all involved has ensured this project has been a success and benefited the young people of London. After the success of last year, we are looking forward to kicking off Easter activities to get young people active and enjoying sport.”

According to L&Q’s Matthew Corbett, last year the One Goal programme engaged more than twice the number of young people they had expected. “L&Q and the partner clubs are all very pleased to be providing young people across London with fun and creative activities to look forward to for their holidays.

“Parents also get peace of mind because they know their children will be getting out of the house each day, learning new skills and making friends in a safe environment.”

For times and venues of the activity courses in Croydon and Sutton, click here.

For more information on venues across London and to register for the free programmes, go to www.cact.org.uk/lq-one-goal

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