Greenhouse Sports, founded in 2002 by Michael de Giorgio, partners with schools across London putting on sports programmes delivered by qualified coaches before, during and after school. The aim is to inspire young people, especially those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, and give them the tools to succeed later in life.
One of the key goals Greenhouse Sports has set themselves is to provide young people the Social, Thinking, Emotional and Physical (STEP) skills, which can help propel their life chances. These are particularly important as they can remove the barriers which often effect people who have grown up in disadvantaged, inner city communities.
Since 2002, over 40,000 young people have participated on Greenhouse Sports programmes.
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust provided a grant of £1.5 million to Greenhouse Sports to help in the redevelopment and purchase of a new, modern sports centre. The project involved transforming a deconsecrated church in Marylebone. The Greenhouse Centre was completed in May 2018 and means that the charity is able to provide a safe space to welcome young people from the local area and further afield to access high-quality coaching and mentoring which the charity has been providing for over 15 years.