Every Child a Sports Person nets prestigious award

26 January 2016 in Mayor and Sport and leisure and Young people
Newham Council’s Every Child a Sports Person (ECaSP) has scooped a prestigious award which recognises outstanding contributions to getting Londoners active.
The initiative, which gives every year 7 student in the borough the chance to try a new sport, received the Supporting Grassroots Organisation Award at the London Sport Awards last week.

It saw off the challenge of two other shortlisted projects in the category recognising best practice in making physical activity and sports structures simpler.

Now in its third year, ECaSP gives children the opportunity of trying a range of sports not offered in the school’s PE sessions. Pupils get the chance of choosing from around 30 different options - including boxing, judo, handball, table tennis, volleyball, Zumba and fencing – which are then provided through a free activity programme.

The council then covers the cost of providing the two most popular events at each school in extra-curricular sessions. These are provided through activeNewham and local clubs to encourage children to continue their participation in the sport outside of school.

ECaSP is part of the council’s Every Child programme designed to provide Newham children with the best possible start in life by giving them the opportunities children in more affluent areas enjoy. It also supports educational attainment, activity and achievement.

During the initiative’s first two years the council provided up to two six week extra-curricular classes per school. This academic year the council is providing up to two 30-week extra-curricular classes per school.

The aim is for at least 10 per cent of all pupils taking part in the programme to continue in one of the chosen sports at a local club or organisation for three months or longer.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “There is absolutely no reason why our children should not have the same opportunities as those in the wealthier parts of London. This is the whole ethos of the Every Child programme.

“As well as possibly unearthing a new talent and potential future star, the Every Child scheme gives children exposure to sport and culture as early as possible, helping shape their behaviours and outlook on life.

“Every Child a Sports Person continues to grow in popularity. I am delighted its success and wide ranging benefits have been recognised at these prestigious awards.”

Newham’s ParkLives programme, a partnership with Coca Cola to provide a host of free sport and activity sessions in parks across the borough, was also shortlisted for the Resources Award recognising the most innovative ways of using funding and securing additional investment.

This award was won by Beat the Streets – an initiative encouraging people to walk cycle or run rather than drive - which ran in Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.