Darts, pool, ping pong and snooker helping to connect young people with nature

Here at Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust (APPCT) we are delighted to have announced that The Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation have pledged £150,000 to fund our new Young People’s Park Programme. The activity will be delivered our Creative Learning team for the next three years.

The funding will help develop Alexandra Park as a place of learning through an outdoor activity programme and additional infrastructure like bird feeders, shelters and wayfinding to encourage children and young people to discover what the great outdoors has to offer. In addition to ecology and conservation, the programme will also include creative outputs utilising the park for performance, sculpture and more.

The programme is set to have a transformative effect on the lives of thousands of young people in Haringey, with more and more research confirming that time spent outdoors is critical for physical and mental wellbeing, and can help young people adopt healthy lifestyle habits for life.

We have an extraordinary partnership with Matchroom Sport which sees the venue host a number of the organisation’s world-class events including the World Darts Championship, World Championship of Ping Pong, the Mosconi Cup and snooker’s Masters.

Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of APPCT, said: “Our relationship with Matchroom now extends well beyond events. Through their support of our Creative Learning Programme, we will be able to deliver more benefit that will be felt throughout our local community. Alexandra Park is an invaluable asset and this funding underscores the importance of green spaces in helping us lead healthy lives.”

Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation trustee Edward Lowy said: “Alexandra Palace has become a home for events staged across our Matchroom portfolio, so to be able to help fund the Young People’s Park Programme is an exciting way for us to expand our relationship. We look forward to seeing the development of the Young People’s Park Programme in the coming years.”

Since 2012, our Creative Learning team has grown its young people’s provision from the ground up – from zero to over 5,000 participants last year. You can find out more about the work here