The Master’s Nominated Charity

The Master’s nominated charity this year will be the Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation (THYSF) which will benefit from the Master’s in year fundraising.

Details of the Charity can be obtained at the link: http://thysf.org/

From 2004 until 2011 THYSF operated as the Tower Hamlets School Sports Partnership with a focus on increasing the amount and quality of school sport across all of the borough’s schools. In 2011 the Government removed funding for that scheme nationally but with the support of those schools, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and some corporate partners, they evolved into THYSF with a wider focus on all sport, physical activity and health for 4-19 year olds in Tower Hamlets. They currently have 18 members of staff with their governance coming from a board of trustees who span the public and private sector.

The foundation is widely recognised for outstanding practice and they play an essential role in both school and community youth sport. The child-centred approach to sports development is a core value and they are driven by the needs of the schools and young people that they serve. Young people in Tower Hamlets face a wide range of issues, not only in sport, yet the borough’s schools consistently out-perform their context.

They are placing schools firmly at the centre of sports development in Tower Hamlets so that the expertise they contain and the reputation they command can be used to enhance sport and physical activity for young people. In Britain, sporting policy and investment is frequently dominated by organisations representing those already fully engaged in sport but, in Tower Hamlets, where around 75% of young people are not engaged, they feel it is imperative to introduce a new structure where young people guide development.

Galvanising the age-old gap between schools and clubs is an essential part of their vision for increasing participation, yet they want to be driven by the needs of young people. If there is an opportunity within the borough which a young person needs, they shall strive to create it. Whilst merit and performance are an essential element of progress in sport, they aim to ensure they are the only factors which affect young people’s participation. Certainly they are determined that their backgrounds, circumstances and location should not.