The One Goal programme is the country’s largest free holiday programme with over 15,000 young people, between the ages of 5-21, taking part in a varied range of activities. It enables young people from some of London’s most marginalised communities to access engaging and professionally managed activities in a safe and secure environment. The project is being funded by the L&Q Foundation with a £387,000 grant, which ensures all activities are free and that there is no financial barrier for young people to get involved. 

Bradley Marshall, LQ Officer working in Football & Sports Development at Charlton Athletic Community Trust, said;

“MCT’s involvement in the One Goal programme has made a massive impact on the local residents with just over 3,500 engagements in the first year since the programme started. It has been a pleasure working with MCT and I am looking forward to working with them further on the One Goal programme.”

This is the first time L&Q including nine of London’s professional football clubs have worked together to support the needs of young people and make a lasting impact on their health and wellbeing. The nine football clubs involved are Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham.

Edward Sower, Assistant Duty Manager at MCT said;

“MCT are very proud to work with L&Q to assist in the delivery of the one goal project. This gives us the resources to provide safe and enjoyable holiday activities for the young people in Lewisham and Southwark.”

In addition to its sports and creative arts activities, the One Goal programme will be providing free snacks and drinks to all attendees to help London move towards its aim of becoming a ‘Zero Hunger City’.

Paul Nehra, Community Investment Manager for L&Q, said:

“One Goal provides positive and fun activities to engage young people and support parents outside of term-time, which is particularly important over these long summer holidays. One Goal is part of L&Q’s mission to create great communities and places where people want to live.”