#Inclusion Matters

Rathbone took part in the first meeting of London Youth’s new project: The London Youth Inclusion Network. This year’s theme is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”. with this in mind the group got stuck in discussing the definitions of the key words “access” and “empowerment” and the challenges that come with making their organisations inclusive.



The meeting provided a great opportunity for a varied range of service providers to come together to share ideas, discuss best practice and learn from each others experiences of inclusion. Read more here

This was the first of many more to come. Our hope is that inclusion will be at the heart of future youth work!

Fencing Project

The youth club have embarked on an 8 week program, led by an experienced fencing pro to teach us all how to Fence.




Fencing is a sport which promotes honesty, humility, for-thinking and patience. It is also a great workout and the young people at the old library have really enjoyed engaging with an activity which is different to the norm.





















As you can see the young people are really picking up some skills and if you or anyone you know wants to join in the classes are running from 6-7pm every Thursday at the Old Library.. and its completely FREE! So come down and get involved.

Smashed it!!!!

22531688606_76c7146d94_zOur young people have done us proud!

A group of budding young table tennis players took part in the London Youth Festival – Jack Petchey Table Tennis Competition

London Youth joined forces with Jack Petchey at Joola Morpeth TTC on Wednesday 28th October 2015 when many youngsters demonstrated their potential and great table tennis skills.

Our group played hard and fast but were just pipped at the post coming 2nd in the final round.

A big well done to all who took part!

New Table Tennis Academy Launches @ The Old Library!

What a great night at the Youth Club on Friday for the Launch of the Old Library Table Tennis Academy.  Over 18 of our youth club members turned up to see Darius Knight the team GB International table tennis star.



The atmosphere was electric.  Our members were keen to take on Darius and show off their table tennis skills but first Darius and Lina, who will be running the 40 week Table Tennis Academy at The Old Library, wanted to meet and chat with young people and let them know what the Academy was all  about.  Darius gave an inspirational speech, which meant our young people were raring to go and couldn’t wait to take on the great man himself.


All the young people got to play a game of table tennis with Darius and each of them fought valiantly but none of them managed to defeat Darius (although we’re quite sure by the end of the tournament there will be some real contenders who can take on the challenge.).

Darius and team
Darius, Lina (new coach) and Trainees pose for a quick photo!


The event was amazing and a great start to the Table Tennis Academy.  Watch this space for the next rising table tennis star right Outta of West Norwood.


City Pitch

Meeting Levi Roots
It was awesome meeting Levi Roots!

Wow what a night we had at City Hall.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with City Pitch, it gives young Londoners the opportunity to pitch their community project ideas in a dragon dens style event. This would enable us to secure some funding for our truly inspirational 50/50 Project, an idea put together by our Youth Management Team.  The idea being,  an upskilling project where any funding secured will be split 50/50 between the boys Bike Maintenance project and the girls, Beauty Therapy project.

11 of us started out on this project, however, due to over commitments on the night it was left down to 5 of us, (shock, horror!) to deliver the pitch! It was hard work learning new lines on the train to City Hall but I gotta say, we were fairly confident that we could do this.

The PitchIf you’ve ever been to City Hall, you will know that security is tight and we had to go through airport style security before we could actually get into City Hall, time was running out and we were cutting it fine. As soon as we got past security we were over the moon and so excited to meet with Levi Roots who was comparing the evening events.    He was great and soon put us at ease, sharing stories from his time on Dragons Den and giving us his secret tips and advice (which sorry can’t tell you it’s a secret).

We did it!! Congratulations to all the other winners too!

The cheque

It was show time, remember we had minimal rehearsal time plus the nerves we’re kicking in, we started off really shaky for the 1st minute or two, but then we found our stride and we gave a confident presentation of the 50/50 project.  We got a large applause at the end (I think they liked the idea!)

After what seemed hours, when in fact was only a few minutes, the judges returned and we waited anxiously to hear the results.

Get in there! They loved our pitch and as a result we secured £1000 to deliver our 50/50 Project.

IMG_20150924_202908Well done to all of those that took part in what was a great evening.

Picnics in the sun

During the sumemr Rtahbone youth group went to discover some local parks. The young people wanted to discover local parks that they had never been to, So we went along to Dulwich Park, a beuatiful park with lots of activities and fun to be had. The young people picked a spot in the park and enjoyed a lovely picnic and had a stroll around the park. The youth club then had a great game of rounders and it was time to go home. We were blessed with some lovely weather and straberries 🙂 a

nd enjoyed the climbing frames and the gym that was located further inside the park.

Footie Fun

Rathbone Youth Club were having way to much fun over the summer period. The young people decided that they wanted to access sports facilities in their local area. Each week the young people decided on what sports they would like to do next and Here is a few pictures from a few of the Thursdays during the summer period JAGS – http://www.jags.org.uk/ James Alleyens Girls School – Has amazing sports facilities and the staff were extremely helpful d the youth workers made it happen. It was great for everyone involved to find out about local sports facilities in thier local area.

There is a prize in it!!!!

This term we have been focusing on sports community access and finding out what is in our local area in terms of sports facilities and we found another real gem at the Black Prince Community Hub. The Rathbone group went to check out the amazing Basketball Courts, we hired the Jordon Court which is very impressive, check out their Blog which features a video.
The young people got involved straight away and were teaching the youth workers some of their tricks, spins and defending skills and certainly put them through their paces. We then had a competition of who could put the ball in the back of the net  facing backwards and two prizes were won!!!!

The group were really impressed by the facilities and all enjoyed being out in the community and exploring new sports as a group.


During the Youth Club session the young people enjoyed a spot of Netball at the new and improved Black Prince Community Hub which is owned by the Black Prince Trust, and operated by Better, both charitable social enterprises. It is based on the former Lilian Baylis school site, in Kennington, SE11. Click here for a map.

The group practiced chest passes, bounce passes, pivot turns, defending and shooting in the net. The temptation to run with the ball was very high at the beginning but I think the rules were certainly imbedded by the end of the session. The group got extremely competive once a game started to begin and each member showed their competive streak which the youth workers have not seen before which made it a highly comical and interesting match to watch.

Some of the young people also had a chance to watch some of the other sports that were taking place at the Sports Hub and enjoyed watching the 5-aside football on the two courst next to the Netball pitch.

The weather was certainly nice to us and was a lovely evening enjoyed by the young people and are looking forward to returning back to the netball court again.