On Tuesday 23 June, 20 senior Deutsche Bank employees from across the globe spent the evening volunteering on Deutsche Bank and Sported’s sporteducate programme.
The volunteers, primarily Managing Directors from the Institutional Client Group were in the UK on business, so as an introduction to Deutsche Bank UK’s Corporate Citizenship programme they were invited to volunteer on one of their flagship Born to Be youth engagement programmes and meet young Londoners who go to sporteducate sports clubs across the capital.
Hosted by sporteducate club, The Calthorpe Project, in Kings Cross, the Deutsche Bank volunteers donned their sports kit and took part in a hotly contested mini-football tournament alongside young people from Calthorpe and fellow sporteducate club, Crown and Manor.
The scene was set for the evening’s sports activities with a welcome to The Calthorpe Project from its Sports Development Manager, Jack Harrison. The group then heard from Waled, a young person who has been attending the club for 10 years, and UK-based Deutsche Bank volunteer, Arthur Rabatin, who mentors a young person from Calthorpe. His mentee unfortunately couldn’t join the evening because he had just started a new job – testament to the mentoring he has received from Arthur over the past six months. The volunteers were then given a brief tour of the grounds before being divided into teams alongside the young people to undertake the evenings sporting activity.
Whilst the young people may have had the edge when it came to skill, speed and general youthful exuberance, the mixed teams ensured an even contest and, most importantly, the opportunity for everyone involved to chat and learn about one another’s lives.
Thank you to the Calthorpe Project for their hospitality and to the volunteers for coming along and getting involved.