The Master's Charity
Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation (THYSF)
The Master’s nominated charity this year is the Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation (THYSF) which will benefit from the Master’s fundraising.
The Federation was established in 2004 at which time only 25% of children in Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest London boroughs, were doing two hours of Physical Education (PE) per week, with some doing as little as 30 minutes. By 2011, this had increased to 97% - a great achievement.
In 2004, there were just 3 organised sports competition between schools. There are now 75, covering all age groups, primary and secondary. The range of sports offered through schools has risen from an average of 12 to 25.
The work undertaken by THYSF has had an impact on over 35,000 children, with approximately 16,000 attending after school clubs and around 7,000 joining activities in their own time at evenings, weekends and during school holidays. Some are now involved at elite/ representative levels in over 20 different sports, the majority of whom are directly supported by THYSF staff.
The Curriers have supported THYSF in various ways since 2012 and continue to support the Foundation with the sponsorship of two awards at their annual awards evening.
Money raised through the Master's charity this year will be directed specifically at supporting the development of the new THYSF Gymnastics Club based in Stepney. Funds raised will support the purchase of equipment for the club, including trampets, boxes, horses, bars and vaults. Although the growth and popularity of Gymnastics in the UK has soared in recent years, Tower Hamlets has been ill placed to capitalise on this momentum and the Club is being established with the aim of rectifying this deficiency.