Fulham Football Club have agreed to run Football in the Community coaching sessions for kids aged 7-15 on Saturday mornings in Archbishops Park from 10-12 am. These are free. We have five weeks funding but are hoping to be able to extend this if we can prove a demand.
It might be nice to get an idea of other regular activities for kids in the area. Raising a family around here is fun, but also challenging. Normal suburban things like football, swimming - even going to the cinema for a Satruday matinee are hard to find. And the point of living here is not to spend your time communting the kids to Clapham and Streatham. So if anyone else knows of regular stuff, post it and perhaps that nice man James could set up a register.
Which all of you have moved to SE1 to avoid suburban living can ignore.
Though confusingly the map refers to Lambeth Palace Gardens rather than Archbishops. Still it is the largest park in SE1, and has heaps of potential.
Our group, Friends of Archbishops Park, which is sort of dominated by people with young children, though not meant to be exclusive, has just been offered £17,000 regenreation money to do a proper survey and management plan. Ideally to lead to a further bid for further money. Amazinly so far Lambeth Council has not approved us doing this, so the money is stuck.
This cannot go on for ever because it is plain silly. However if there is anyone out there who is interested in either helping to encourage community use of the park by setting up acvtivites like football, or is interested in contributing to our regeneration attempt (whatever skills - we have had some good offers like a cartoonist on a national newspaper will help with out fundraising artwork - which in turn South Bank Employers Group offered to help finance - and a local photographer who works for cutting edge fashion magazines) we would love to hear from you. Or if you work in the area and think your employer might be prepared to give some dosh or practical for something that will really help improve the lives of the kids and mums on local estates as well as us all.
And we have had a really good response on the football so it looks as if that can continue for the foreseeable future. And one eight-year old has already been invited to join Fulham's specialist coaching scheme. (A girl!) But the more kids the merrier, so bring your neighbours kids along