Supported by Sported:
London-based Teth addresses the needs of its local community, using sport as a tool to change the lives of young people and their families, while providing vital local services.
“It was set up because there was a lack of young people being active in the community,” explains its founder Trudy-Ann Campbell. “They had a lot of youth clubs that were closed and there was no activity for them to do and they was affecting them, mentally and physically.”
Its activities began with a netball team. Now it has football and other avenues for over 100 young people to get active with an eventual goal to acquire a facility of their own.
“And through sports,” she adds, “we use that as active points to take them on a journey that touches on mental and physical health and well-being.”
That includes developmental workshops that form part of Teth’s education and training offering. Plus a mentoring service that provides support and inspiration to a user-base of young people aged 11-25 who are mostly drawn from disadvantaged backgrounds within the capital city.
Sporting sessions allow the young people to “network with each other,” George, a football coach there, underlines. “They build relationships and have fun.”
A community sports group which is entirely volunteer-led, Teth’s holistic ecosystem includes a weekly food bank that supports local families in northwest London, responding to an urgent need identified through those who attend.
“They are supporting a community that is quite deprived,” notes Sported’s London manager Onyinye Nkemdirim. “We supported them with some larger bids for long-term funding which aims to make their offer more sustainable.”
Along side bringing expert knowledge, that support has also included Sported’s online resources, available through the digital Hub, with guidance on areas such as Governance and Finance.
“Sported has been very good over the years, especially when we are looking for funds,” Campbell says. “We have the Hub where we can access information on where funding is available.”
– Teth founder Trudy-Ann Campbell