Goldman Sachs Gives Provides £3m Funding To Children’s Charities

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Right To Play and Greenhouse have announced a global programme that will help transform the lives of thousands of young people through the power of sport and play.

Funding from Goldman Sachs Gives will enable the two charities to run long term sports coaching programmes in East London and in the developing world. Sport has proven to be an effective tool for the physical, mental, psychological and social development of children and their communities. Right To Play and Greenhouse target children who are disadvantaged, excluded from society or who suffer discrimination.

In East London, Greenhouse will deliver full time sports programmes in secondary and special schools. Funding from Goldman Sachs Gives will enable over 1,300 young people across at least 10 schools to receive on average 180 hours of coaching per year for three years. Table tennis, volleyball, basketball, judo and athletics programmes will be provided with personal coaching and mentoring to improve young people’s self confidence, health and engagement with their education and community.

Right To Play will expand existing programmes to train junior leaders primarily in refugee camps in East and Southern Africa, and to empower young women and girls through sport and play in the Middle East, with the goal of providing 90 hours of coaching per year to 20,000 children. This reflects Right To Play’s new campaign In My Future, which focuses on youth empowerment and using the power of sport to enhance the futures of children and young people.

Greenhouse Chief Executive, Michael de Giorgio, said: 'The support from Goldman Sachs Gives will mean more young people in East London will be playing high quality, sustainable sport well beyond 2012. This project will enable us to harness the power of sport to help young people across East London reach their potential in the sports hall, the classroom and beyond'.

Four time Olympic Gold Medalist, Founder and CEO of Right To Play Johann Koss, said: 'We are thrilled to be working alongside Greenhouse and Goldman Sachs Gives to help more children and young people realise their right to play and a chance for a brighter future'.

Dina Powell, Global Head of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs said: 'This initiative enables Goldman Sachs Gives to help scale the programmes of two innovative and impactful organisations. Greenhouse and Right To Play have proven track records of achieving positive social impact for disadvantaged children and their communities through sport and play'.

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