Play for Change (PFC) are working with schools across London to deliver a four-part programme which aims to develop skills and confidence, empower communities and encourage female participation in sport.
If you ask the girls what they are looking forward to they will say the ‘Slam Dunk’ basketball and inspiration programme run by PFC, the sport for development charity.
The Slam Dunk programme offers a holistic experience to promote: participation in sport; community development; health and wellbeing; sustainability of activities; and female empowerment.
Following the success of its 2015 pilot project, PFC has announced the expansion of the programme which aims to provide unique experiences and new opportunities to empower girls in disadvantaged areas.
This year PFC are working with Reach&Teach (R&T) who provide the weekly basketball sessions and has been welcomed by schools in Brent, Harrow, Islington and Wandsworth, many of which would not be able to pay for a basketball coach.
The Slam Dunk project aims to develop skills in all of its participants, as well as offer girls the opportunity to become qualified coaches through R&T who can provide all those interested with a Basketball England coaching qualification.
This does not stop there; PFC are also working closely with the local communities to place the girls on practical and insightful volunteer opportunities. There will also be inspirational talks tailored to address female related topics to influence and inspire; from nutrition and confidence building to planning and leadership skills.
Marie Le Page, Director of Play for Change, said:
‘Our aim is to inspire young people through sporting activities and teach them the skills and confidence that will help them change their life. Our sports and media network is full of inspirational people and the programme provides fantastic exposure to the world of sport, community development and female empowerment.’
 Department for Communities and Local Government. The English Indices of Deprivation 2015: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/465791/English_Indices_of_Deprivation_2015_-ˇ_Statistical_Release.pdf