5 On It are delighted to announce they have been awarded funding from the East London Community Foundation (using its Made by Sport funding pot) to support our Gang Today Gone Tomorrow anti-gang project.
Following a rise in gang life in key towns and cities across the UK, 5 On It have created a unique programme which uses mentoring and basketball coaching to inspire, educate and push young people away from gangs. Girls as well as boys can be exposed to violence and coercion due to gang association. After a successful pilot programme run in Milton Keynes during the summer, which attracted media coverage from BBC Look East https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pLlAtnhJuw, 5 On It are ready to expand the initiative and run a bigger programme in East London.
Participants don’t just play basketball. Those who show talent and motivation are offered a chance to train as a basketball coach and pursue a career in coaching. The project is also being filmed and a video will be made that can be screened across secondary school assemblies and used on social media platforms.
The funding supports just one part of the programme and 5 On It are currently approaching other funders and potential sponsors to ensure the project proposed to start early next year can be the most impactful it can be.
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