London Tigers and Swan Housing Association welcomed Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement to The Reach, Swan’s new multi-purpose community facility at Blackwall Reach (a £300m regeneration of Robin Hood Gardens, which Swan is delivering in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Mayor of London).
The Deputy Mayor, whose portfolio includes ensuring that social mobility is central to the Mayor’s programme, came to visit an exciting new project sponsored by the Mayor’s Sports Participation Fund and delivered by London Tigers, which aims to increase the number of Londoners engaged in regular sport and physical activity. In particular, it aims to encourage inactive girls and women, as well as men over 40 years of age from Black, Asian, Arabic-speaking and Somali backgrounds, using fitness, cricket and football to get them active and engaged in positive sports activities in their local areas.
As well as touring The Reach facilities, which provide a number of classes and recreational spaces for the local community, Mr Ryder also met with Sulthana Begum from the London Tigers, together with some of those taking part in the project.
CEO Mesba Ahmed, CEO of London Tigers said: “We are delighted to have the Deputy Mayor visit our project which engages hard to reach inactive communities to become more active and lead a healthier lifestyle which creates a wider positive impact to other areas of their lives. London Tigers is pleased to be working with housing associations such as Swan Housing to create this change to benefit the local community.”
Caroline Richardson, Head of Resident Involvement and Community Development commented: “The Reach is central to our regeneration at Blackwall Reach – a fantastic multi-purpose facility operating at the heart of this new community. The facility allows providers such as the London Tigers to deliver their services in the community right on our resident’s doorsteps. To have the Deputy Mayor visit and see first-hand the opportunities and encouragement offered to local people by these organisations is really important, as is the availability of funding, such as the Mayor’s Sports Participation Fund, which helps community groups like the London Tigers deliver more for our local communities.”