Hillingdon outreach project receives almost £50,000 cash boost

Youth Sport Trust will support disadvantaged girls in Hillingdon through Heathrow Community Fund

The project, which will be run by the Youth Sport Trust, will give girls from 12 secondary schools across the London Borough the chance to be part of a two-year project which will support girls’ personal development, raise their aspirations for educational achievement, and support their health and emotional wellbeing.

The charity was awarded the donation under Heathrow Community Fund’s Communities for Youth grants programme.

Gabby Shirley, development manager at Youth Sport Trust, said: “As a national children’s charity, our mission is to build a brighter future for all young people through the power of PE and sport. This funding will mean that we can transform the lives of more than 720 girls through focussing on the delivery of our Youth Sport Award and Girls Active programme over two years.

“We want to inspire these girls to be the best they can be and raise their aspirations for the future so they lead healthy and happy lives - this grant will enable us to really make a difference.”

Heathrow Community Fund is part of an independent grant-making charity set up by Heathrow’s owners to support and strengthen local communities close to the airport.

In the past two years, it has donated more than £1 million through three grant programmes, funding projects which support young people, help protect the environment and support active local communities. Funds come from an annual donation from the airport, fines imposed on aircraft that breach noise limits, Heathrow airport employees, and John Lewis.

The fund also supports and encourages Heathrow staff to volunteer and support the local communities where they live.

More information about the fund and how to apply for grants is available on www.heathrow.com/communityfund. For more information on the Youth Sport Trust and its work please visit www.youthsporttrust.org

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