Charities secure �230,000 boost

TWO charities targeted at young, disadvantaged people in Newham are amongst the 18 projects across the capital to benefit from a �2.4 million City Hall campaign to increase sports participation.

Access Sport and Fight for Peace have been given �80,000 and �150,000, respectively, by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Access Sport plans to use its grant to build a BMX track and sports club in Newham as part of an Olympic Legacy scheme. The charity’s CEO Mark Hardie said: “This is a really exciting project that will engage young people in the community.”

Fight for Peace offers free education and boxing and martial arts programmes to young people from its base in Woodman Street, North Woolwich.

Founder and director of the charity Luke Dowdney said: “Fight for Peace is privileged and honoured to be receiving support from the Greater London Authority (GLA) as part of the Mayor’s Sports Participation Fund.

“Our work has demonstrated sport is a great unifier and a platform to develop the potential of young people in disadvantaged circumstances.

“By working with young people in Newham and other neighbouring boroughs through boxing and martial arts combined with personal development and education, we hope we can contribute to London’s social and sporting legacy in the lead up to London 2012 and thereafter.”