- School/Institute/Department: Queen Mary Student Union
- Subjects: Sport, Physcial Exercise, Community Engagement
- Audience: Community
The QM Olympic Legacy Project began in September 2013 run by the Students Union’s Sport department. The project trained 29 sports coaches with a National Governing Body recognised qualification who were then deployed to deliver sport in a variety of community settings including schools, local sports clubs and with charities in the Tower Hamlets and East London region.
With Tower Hamlets being one of the host boroughs of the 2012 Olympic Games, the project looked to capitalise on the potential for a sporting legacy in the area. This is particularly important as according to the latest Active People Survey results, Tower Hamlets is below the national average on levels of regular participation in sport and physical (19.9% compared to 24.7% nationally).
The community coaches delivered over 600 hours of sporting activity to local young people across a range of sports including: football, basketball, cricket, hockey, netball, cheerleading, badminton and tennis. In order to successfully deliver the programme QMSU worked with a number of organisations including Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation, Tower Hamlets Council, GLL, Access Sport, Tower Hamlets Tennis, Mile End Community Project, National Governing Bodies of Sport, local clubs and local schools. Holiday activity programmes were also delivered to address a shortage of affordable activities in the area and attracted 30 attendees to the programme during the Easter and Summer holiday.
QMSU are now looking to work closely with our partner organisations, as well as seeking new partnership opportunities, to extend the project further and widen our impact on sporting participation across Tower Hamlets and East London. They have also submitted a substantial funding application to Sport England to deliver new activities based upon the successful initial programme and are looking into further options to delivering a sustainable programme that will continue to benefit both QM Students and residents of Tower Hamlets over a number of years.
The project was funded by a CPE Large Award grant.