Sports programmes for Newham schools with �3m funding

Schools in Newham will benefit from full time sports programmes set up by two children’s charities after they received a �3 million grant from an international bank.

Goldman Sachs have funded the Right to Play and Greenhouse foundations, who target children from disadvantaged backgrounds, to run long term sports coaching programmes throughout east London secondary and special schools.

Former Worcester Wolves star Douaine Anderson has started coaching pupils at Brampton Manor Academy, off Roman Road, East Ham.

Douaine, said: “Basketball can teach young people how to lead a better life in school and their community. They will learn discipline, how to work as part of a team, build their self confidence and keep fit and healthy.

“Lots of young people see Basketball as a great urban sport and with the Olympics taking place down the road I hope these sessions will inspire them to get involved in sport.”

Greenhouse chief executive Michael de Giorgio said: “The support from Goldman Sachs Gives will mean more young people in east London will be playing high quality, sustainable sport well beyond 2012.

“This project will enable us to harness the power of sport to help young people across east London reach their potential in the sports hall, the classroom and beyond.”

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Multisports for pupils with special educational needs has also started at John F Kennedy School with athletics due to start at Sarah Bonnell after half term and volleyball at Kingsford Community School.