LUCA is proud to announce its first charitable partner; the London Sports Trust (LST). LST are a sports and education charity based in West London. They engage with hard to reach young Londoners through sports, life skills and mentoring. They currently deliver sports programmes across four boroughs, working with over 500 young people per week.
“University should be seen as a viable pathway for young Londoners – a place where they can pursue their interest and their sport”
Their work is split into three main programmes. City Sports Academies is their sports provision on housing estates. Coaches and mentors work on young people’s doorsteps and at times which suit them and deliver a wide range of sports. Young people who show an interest are also able to gain qualifications and deliver these sessions themselves. The Active Communities programme breaks down inter-generational barriers through sport. Coaches deliver inclusive physical activity sessions to adults with a wide range of mixed and women’s only activities. We also have family sessions were parents are encouraged to enjoy sport with their children. Finally their life skills programme enables these participants to improve other areas of their life through gaining vocational skills in subjects such as: cooking, DIY, budgeting and communication
Sam Bodmer of LST said: “We are delighted to be working alongside London Universities and Colleges Athletics (LUCA) as a partner of the trust. LST can offer opportunities for LUCA members to volunteer on our community programmes and gain vital experience and qualifications. Alongside this, many of our young volunteers will have the chance to further their development by supporting on LUCA events”.
Acting President of LUCA, James Findon said, “This partnership underlines our commitment to engaging with the wider community. We are also keen to promote university education as a viable pathway for young Londoners, especially through sports scholarships”.
University students who want to get involved with LST should visit our volunteer section here.