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Lilian Baylis Old School Community Hub Development
Monday 15th October see’s the launch of S Factor in Lambeth. The new sessions will take place at the newly regenerated ‘Lilian Baylis Old School’ site with Sportshall sessions for athletes ages 7-11 and 11-13 years and track field sessions for 11-19 years (More details can be found here). We take a quick look on how far the regeneration project has come on this once Derelict School.
The Community Action Zone (CAZ), Street Games and the community hub at Lillian Baylis has been working with England Athletics London Region since 2010 on developing programmes in marginalized communities aimed at increasing participation in athletics. This has led to such institutive as the RUN! Project, the recruitment of a specific Activator for the London borough of Lambeth and as of late the development of a localized 100 meter track, long and triple jumps, high jump and pole vault facility located in the middle of one of the most deprived housing estates in the country. Lillian Baylis is a model for community sport. London Development Manager Bob Smith Said; ‘ I love going to Lillian Baylis it’s inspirational and shows what can be done with lots of enthusiasm and little financial investment. Neighbourhood changing projects like Lillian Baylis do not come about every day, if we had 6 in London we’d be made.’
Brian Dickens, Director of the Community Action Zone explained that The Lillian Baylis , is an inter generational community hub which is seen as a leading light in the country in providing local communities with access to sport, physical activity, arts , education and vocational training. At present the community can access at no charge a range of activities, which include seven sports. Last year the site had over 160,000 attendances with some fantastic results and case studies. It is the home of the CAZ and Street Games and the partnerships with a number of Partners has allowed the facilities and programme to flourish. The site is supported by NIKE, Coca Cola, the co-op, Barclays and Sport England just to name a few and this partnership approach has allowed a massive benefit for local communities.
One of these emerging planned partnerships is between CAZ, Street Games, EA London region to use the community based track to set up a number of initiatives.
- Schools Athletics programmes.
- Community Participation programmes.
- Partnership with Herne Hill Harriers to develop onwards routes in to mainstream clubs.
- The development of a Lillian Baylis track club based on the S Factor model in Lewisham.
- Up skilling of local young people to be coaches.
- Cross fertilization from other sports to athletics and vice versa.
- Developing a pilot of the impact of localized provision.
- Engagement of hard to reach communities.
At present there is a track at the site but no equipment. EA London Region is supporting Lillian Baylis to access some of the equipment from the Olympic Legacy equipment programme. Alongside this there will be ongoing support from the Run! Project to allow localized coaching on the track in conjunction with the current Run! Activator. Run Activator Ellie Wood Said; “It’s a brilliant opportunity to bring Athletics into an extremely urban built up area and it’s just going to build on the brilliance that Street Athletics and Street Games has already brought to the site. By making a real Athletics facility available to young people in that area it’s not just running out on the street, it makes it real. What a fantastic legacy to leave behind after the year of the Olympic and Paralympic Games being in London.”Follow @londonathletics