Young people in the UK are becoming increasingly isolated and inactive. From 1961 to 2005 levels of physical activity dropped by 20 per cent and if current trends continue, will reduce by more than 35 per cent by 2030. As a result, obesity, diabetes, and other health disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent (Sunday Times). Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70 per cent in the past 25 years as well and we believe there’s a link (Independent).
Matching this rise in mental illness has been the cuts to children’s mental health services meaning provision is stretched.
London we have a problem, we need to respond; we can respond.
An answer: physical activity correlates positively with both emotional wellbeing, educational attainment and community cohesion.
Kick London works with churches who see the powerful potential of sport to reach out to young people for God in their communities. Kick London provides churches with the training, equipment, resources, and expertise to set up an Academy.
Kick London’s sports based mentoring provision in Schools engages young people with someone who listens to them. Enabling and empowering young people to grow through their challenges and provide them with positive directions for change.
Can Kick London help to Kick Start a Sports Ministry in your Parish?
If the answer is yes then please join us to hear more from Kick London and how you can get involved in running an academy or going into schools to be a mentor:
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