Lidia De Sande, from Eleven Sports Network, joined over 2,000 other Santas in the annual Santa in the City London run to raise funds for Play for Change’s Slam Dunk basketball programme that launched in January 2015.
Lidia became Santa with a red suit and white beard and ran 5k on the streets of London; passing City Hall, Shad Thames, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London! Lidia raised an amazing £430 in support of Play for Change.
The Slam Dunk basketball programme, which was launched in January 2015 in one of a schools in the borough of Wandsworth, will be expanded across 8 schools in London in January 2016. Working hand-in-hand with Reach & Teach, the programme will aim to promote basketball and increase the participation of girls in sport. The girls, between the ages of 11 and 16, will have the chance to attend weekly training sessions organised and delivered by professional coaches in addition to a mentoring programme.
Through the Slam Dunk programme, Play for Change and Reach & Teach plan to inspire positive change and nurture aspirational growth in each of the participants, whilst improving overall health and wellbeing through the development of technical, social, leadership and key life-skills. The programme aims to reinvest back into local communities to widen access to sustainable sports and education infrastructure. The workshops during the programmes aim to increase and build skills in leadership, resilience, planning, fundraising, nutrition and much more.
The girls will take part in a Play for Change Basketball League from February to July 2016, with the finals being played at the end of the school year.