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Sports for young people

Sports on estates

We work with our providers Access to Sports and Arsenal in the Community to deliver a range of free of charge sports programmes across Islington estates.

Programmes offered include:

  • sports coaching
  • events
  • competitions
  • training 
  • volunteering 

Sports offered include: 

  • Multi-sports, football, netball, cheerleading, roller-skating, tennis, athletics, American football, wheelchair basketball, cricket, basketball, baseball, badminton, handball, table tennis, rugby, boxing and squash

Education and physical activity

The Double Club is an innovative education and football programme which offers a range of subjects, together with football coaching. It aims to combine football and education to form a fun and enjoyable way for young people to engage with both their academic studies and football at the same time. 

The Double Club estates programme continues to offer children opportunities to take part in education and homework programmes on their own estate after school and at weekends. Double clubs currently run during the school term on:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at: Andover, Girdlestone, Harvist, Highbury Quadrant and New Orleans estates. 

New programmes are in the pipeline for Westbourne, Elthorne and Hilldrop estates. 

Summer programmes are being held on the Andover and New Orleans estates over the summer.

Islington Sports Academy

Islington Sports Academy was formed in 2011 after parents on our estates identified that there was little or no sporting provision for young people with severe disabilities.  They also felt their children did not have access to mainstream sports clubs. 

Disability Sports Festivals are held during the school half terms, summer holidays and Christmas break. These sports days are attended by more than 60 children with special needs, aged 5 years to 19 years old, and their siblings who live on Islington estates and go to Islington schools. 

The festivals are focused on providing short, sharp sport sessions that motivate and capture the imagination of young disabled people in Islington.  They also sign post parents to the more regular disability sport sessions and activities that are run at the Sobell on Saturdays.

Sports include:

  • cricket, boccia, dance, football, indoor athletics, new-age kurling, sitting volleyball, inclusive zone basketball and short tennis, pilates 

Our partners and providers of disability sports are Access to Sports, Arsenal in the Community, Disability Sports Coach, Impact Dance and Better Leisure

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