Latest Energise Project
National Grid has teamed up with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to launch the Energise Project as part of its commitment to working with local communities in the areas where it is carrying out major projects.
Launched in December 2012, the Energise Project aims to boost levels of sports participation and improve the health and wellbeing of people within the local area in Haringey.
The Energise Project supports three local community programmes that offer local residents the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activities in Haringey, where National Grid is carrying out essential work as part of the London Power Tunnels project.
They benefit from over 1,350 hours of staff support, funded by a £75,000 National Grid investment and delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, as well as grants to buy equipment, hire venues and train up their own coaches.
The year after the Olympic and Paralympic Games came to London and at a time of financial changes to local sports provision, National Grid is helping people in the area to continue their focus on sports and health.
Bridge to Healthy Living
The Bridge to Healthy Living programme is run by the Bridge Renewal Trust, encouraging local residents to lead healthy, sustainable lifestyles. The Energise Project is providing support through free sessions for people of all ages and abilities with a range of activities:
- Cycling for all ages and abilities, learn to ride safely and develop people’s cycling skills
- Health Checks – receive a free health check and guidance on how to live a healthier life
- Football coaching for 12-18 year olds
- Exercise for the over 60s
- Exercise, coaching and education for women
Geoffrey Ocen, Chief Executive of the Bridge Renewal Trust: “Through this project local residents in the Seven Sisters area will access a range of practical ways to live healthier lives”
The Motor Activity Training Programme
The Energise Project’s support for the Haringey Day Opportunities Centre is helping to develop the physical mobility of adults with profound learning and or physical disability.
Haringey Day Opportunities Centre has been delivering sport and physical activity sessions since 2006 to adults who have learning and/or physical disabilities. The much needed support of the Energise Project is helping the centre to build on its work through:
- Weekly sport and physical activity sessions with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches
- £1,500 for new equipment and training opportunities for staff
- Developing and increasing volunteering
With the support of Special Olympics Great Britain, the centre is working towards accreditation for the Special Olympics Great Britain Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP). By building their physical mobility it is hoped that those people that take part in the programme will be able to enter Special Olympics Great Britain MATP competitions in the future, as well as helping them to improve everyday life skills.
As a Premier partner of Special Olympics GB, a partnership that began in 2007 which has raised diversity awareness through volunteering for employees, we are proud to be supporting this project.
Beverley Tarka, Deputy Director, Adults and Commissioning at Haringey Council: “It is an excellent example of organisations in the independent sector working with those in the public sector to improve outcomes for all.”
Park View Rangers Football Club
The Energise Project provides coaching support to the Park View Rangers Football Club based in the Seven Sisters area. Through 450 hours with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s expert coaches, the project is helping to increase the capacity of the Club and help ensure they continue to deliver high quality sessions for members. Over the summer holidays young footballers were also able to get involved in an extra two week summer sport programme.
The coaching that Park View Rangers Football Club benefits from has meant that hundreds of children can engage in sporting activity, and the future of the Club is supported through opportunities for the Club’s current coaches to complete further qualifications.
Find out more
For more information about the project, or if you live in the local area and want to get involved, you can call 0800 783 2855 or send us a message through the get in touch page.