A look back at 2015 by Club Director – Michael Defoe
2015 proved a very busy yet positive year for Harrow Club. From the very beginning it was a year of change, as January saw us offering our best wishes to our long-standing director Lisa Moor who moved on to new endeavours, and we offered a warm welcome to a new Senior Youth Worker in Eamonn O’Keeffe, taking the step across from our satellite youth club in White City. Despite a period of change, our high standards were maintained throughout the year as we again offered an exciting and varied youth programme catering for the needs of our members old and new at both junior and senior level. Attendance numbers were strong across the board despite a changing cohort of attendees, and projects such as ‘Girl’s night’ and our boy’s football team training sessions achieved record attendance numbers.
Sport continued to be a major component of Harrow Club life throughout the year as we welcomed the Cuban boxing academy to make Harrow Club’s basement their permanent home, offering high standard coaching and making use of some great facilities. A boxing event in late April went well, laying the foundation for future fundraising boxing events. Our U13 team brought home silverware in the shape of the Middlesex County Cup and the 2015-16 season sees both our U14 and U12 teams oversubscribed, and attracting young members from further afield than usual.
Our continued work and support of projects such as Soul Basketball, Build on Belief, and our Traveller Community education project supplemented normal youth club activities to allow us to support our local community, and we’ve had a hand in trying to create a local youth forum in partnership with Westway Trust to tackle local ASB issues and allow young people to make better use of Westway’s excellent sporting facilities.
CURRENT + FUTURE PROJECTS by Senior Youth Worker – Eamonn O’Keeffe
As we move into 2016, we are once again working hard towards a successful year of youth provision at Harrow Club. Maintaining and improving the projects we have in place is high on the agenda, but we are looking as always to new areas to develop our programme offer. New for 2016 are a pilot computer programming “Coding” project with our junior club and a Table Tennis Club with professional coach Sandro open for ages 11-19. We are in the midst of getting our Music Studio back online, looking eventually to offer a range of different options and learning outcomes based around Djing, dance, music production and the music industry in general.
2016 will see Harrow Club once again become home to a weekly football tournament in our sports hall, this time designed to bring young people together from different places via different youth organisations hoping to tackle personal issues around fitness and wellbeing, and also social issues such ASB and gang related postcode problems.
Our girl’s group will be hosting yoga classes and “boxfit’ classes that will see participants aim to achieve ABA accredited non-contact boxing awards. The classes will run for 11-19yr olds every Wednesday evening between 6:00pm – 9:00pm between January and April, along with a range of other informal education based activities to suit the groups needs.