Record numbers of youngsters attended the L&Q One Goal holiday programme in Croydon and Sutton over Easter.
The free programme for young people aged from five to 21, organised by the L&Q housing association which has many properties around both boroughs, saw 168 attending the sessions, which were led by the Crystal Palace Foundation.
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. The Easter programme attracted a record 3,641 young people around London and the South East.
The scheme is delivered by eight professional football clubs across the capital, including Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.
The project is being funded by the L&Q Foundation with a £387,000 grant, which ensures all activities are free and that there is no financial barrier for young people to get involved.
“The One Goal programme is hugely popular,” said Matthew Corbett, L&Q’s assistant director of community investment.
“L&Q is pleased to be working with partner clubs 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. The team are already planning activities for the half-term and the summer, so watch this space.”
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