We say this a lot here at Mini Mermaid and Young Tritons Running Club UK. Probably because it's true.
Ever since we started Mini Mermaid in Islington more than a year ago, I've continually been amazed by, grateful for and excited about how communities have responded to our mission. Schools, community centres, local businesses, parents, students and volunteers - all have come together to make our programmes a success. Since then, we’ve added 10 new programmes and are ready to launched our first London Young Tritons programme.
You can imagine how stoked I was when a new group joined this already impressive list of supporters - The Arsenal Foundation, which awarded us a grant last week. Since Arsenal's formation in 1886, they've identified ways in which they can give back to the communities that support them, and formally launched The Arsenal Foundation in 2012. The Foundation share our core value of helping young people achieve their full potential.
With this grant, we can fund even more programmes in Islington and Hackney. Why is this so important? Our 4-year programmes work with girls and boys, independently, between the ages of 7-11 to build self-worth and value, and instill a love of movement. Girls gain more confidence and self-esteem. Boys recognise that there’s more to strength than just physical. All take on a 5K challenge, the finish of which can mark the beginning of healthy long-term emotional, physical and mental habits.
High Fins to the crew at The Arsenal Foundation, as well as to everyone who's supported us as we grow here in London.
The Mini Mermaid Team
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