Football is integral to making Lymore Gardens work - it brings people together, creates fitter bodies and better minds, teaches key skills like discipline, communication and team work and is one of the most powerful engagement tools when working with our community, particularly those who are hardest to reach.
We know that we are at our strongest when we work together and can only achieve our aims with the best and most motivated people. We support each other, partner with others, help our young people join teams and have shared goals and ambitions. We communicate openly and recognise good work.
We are focused on helping our community to achieve sustainable change in their lives. We are efficient and effective in everything we do. We are ambitious for the growth of Lymore Gardens and its potential for even greater impact.
Far too often the communities of East London have been over looked, with the Olympics and a boost of investment and regeneration it left people feeling despondent and depressed. The rise of unemployment, mental health and cuts of local services have led to ‘disadvantaged thinking’, and we think it has to stop. We believe every young person has a talent – we want to stop talking about what is holding young people back, and start talking about what they can become.
At Lymore Gardens, we subscribe to Advantaged Thinking which means we only use positive language when referring to our community. Young people are our future, and it is only when we see them in that way, that we will be able to invest properly in them and transform their lives as well as our own. This same approach is taken towards adults too, as everybody deserves another chance.
Since 2016 we have worked with over 450 young people and adults. In the past 12 months alone, we have helped 10 people move into jobs, education or training.
At Lymore Gardens, we believe that school or the job centre are not a one-size-fits-all solution. It does not work for everyone and certainly is not the only way to succeed or gain employment. At Lymore Gardens, you can play football weekly, learn key skills and get the qualifications you need to get a job and get paid. It is not about having mad football skills, it is about having the determination to move into work (and having fun at the same time!).
We train up these enthusiasts and then place them in environments provided by us or partners coaching or mentoring other communities or young people within schools.
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We offers a range of sports based activities that are suitable in various settings.
If you want to get fit, join our team, or just want some fun join our session that engages the community
For the Summer, Easter, Christmas or half term breaks.