News Through Football supports Heads UpCoping Through Football was honoured to be invited to take part in the launch of a new campaign ‘Heads Up’ at Wembley Stadium on 15th May. 2019-05-23T15:46:00+01:004dfaf0a0-4334-4194-83a0-017074780db0 Job Vacancy: Assistant Grounds PersonThe LPFF is looking for an Assistant Grounds Person at Peter May Sports Centre and Douglas Eyre Sports Centre.2019-04-11T12:54:00+01:00743b2d70-4f88-4daf-86b0-84d77baea2cb Summer of ActivityWith obesity rising and sports pitches disappearing across London it was great to see how much activity was taking place at our grounds over the summer. At Fairlop Oak and LMPF Redbridge, where we have five cricket pitches, Len Enoch of Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC runs a junior cricket programme. 2018-12-19T15:37:00Zd5b8bec5-5a4a-4a29-a200-465651677c63 Gala Dinner raises record amountThe Foundation held its biggest annual fundraising event, the Gala Dinner, at the Savoy Hotel on Thursday 15th November. The evening, which was hosted by Vice President Martin Bayfield, kicked off in style with a champagne reception before guests were then treated to a sumptuous meal in the beautiful surroundings of the Lancaster Ballroom.2018-11-29T12:06:00Z82d60193-71a6-4240-96c0-76d5a6b39814 Through Football Evaluation Report PublishedA new report launched at the House of Commons on 5th September highlights how football can help people with severe mental health conditions have a better quality of life and better health. 2018-09-05T10:53:00+01:000c3ec600-eaba-4b17-999c-60dc32e31d64 Through Football celebrates 10 year anniversaryCoping Through Football, an innovative initiative that helps people with mental health problems to get their lives back on track, was commended by The FA on reaching its ten year anniversary at a special ceremony at Wembley Stadium on 18th April.2018-04-19T12:04:00+01:006be411ca-2384-4529-a89e-b144158b0ced Stone QC 1928-2018It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of long serving Trustee Evan Stone QC who passed away peacefully at home on 4th March 2018.2018-03-29T11:58:00+01:002688973e-3c03-4539-9016-1622e6806821 partner with The Bostik League to transform lives through footballWe are delighted to announce that we have been chosen to be the Charity Partner of the 2018 Season for the Bostik League.2018-01-29T10:44:00Z09f5fa5b-740d-4574-84ae-89efa0cd1fd1 Bunton 1928-2017We are saddened to report the passing of former Trustee Norman Bunton.2017-10-13T16:02:00+01:008538d69e-d4ef-4e0f-ba23-9d3843856e0e Hearts gets off to a flying startOur Green Hearts project, supported by St James Big Local, was officially launched on Saturday 30th September at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre with a special visit from Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council and LPFF Trustee Colin Ainger.2017-10-04T12:21:00+01:000f4f2e3f-6112-4ad9-b280-6328c4173cb9 great save!Last week we heard the great news that Oakfield Playing Field in Redbridge is no longer under threat of development and will continue to provide a play to play sport for generations to come!2017-09-27T11:14:00+01:00dd3d91ac-5fd3-4d3c-9b26-d9ab5e6d2a13 are looking for a Green Hearts Activator (part-time)London Playing Fields Foundation is looking for a dynamic, highly motivated individual to play a key role in providing opportunities for the local community in Walthamstow to become more physically active.2017-08-16T12:17:00+01:00d31d6d13-da2f-4fc0-9754-99e699916177 Insole CBE JP 1926-2017 A true sporting legendWe were greatly saddened to hear of the passing of one of the Foundation’s former esteemed Trustees Doug Insole who died on 5th August 2017.2017-08-07T16:00:00+01:0089bad5dc-82ff-4f46-aa79-f5a7eeabd0c6 PITCH AVAILABILITYWe have a small number of 11 v 11 pitches at Peter May Sports Centre, London Marathon, Redbridge, Boston Manor & London Marathon, Greenford for the upcoming 2017/2018 season (Saturdays & Sundays available). Please contact Jenna Schillaci for more information Sports QuizOn Thursday 11th May the Foundation held its first Sports Quiz at The Oval which saw seventeen teams battle it out to win the coveted trophy and chocolate rugby balls!2017-05-25T17:31:00+01:00a975c675-35be-49a8-8dbe-0588f5273e59 Smith wins prestigious BEDSA awardCoping Through Football Project Coordinator Sonia Smith was presented with the Mind Wellbeing Award at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards2017-03-21T14:14:00Zb6ae82cd-1cd1-4803-bb94-ee8f7e86d7a2 of a lifetime for lucky Spurs fansTwo young Spurs fans and their dad had a day to remember at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre when they both trained with the youth team who were preparing for their FA Youth Cup clash with Norwich City. 2017-02-16T11:23:00Za036d580-e7b6-48a5-97e2-619923dd206d for Sonia!We are delighted to announce that Sonia Smith has been nominated for the Mind Wellbeing Award at the British Ethnic Diversity Sport Awards. 2017-02-03T11:31:00Zb3ebe6aa-c519-4839-b695-edcfc032b031 - a daily exercise programme at Coppermill Primary SchoolCoppermile is an exciting new project designed to combat the rise of childhood obesity by providing regular bouts of physical activity for primary school children. It also improves self-esteem and behaviour and classroom attentiveness.2017-01-11T16:15:00Zaf761dc0-c109-44e3-9b7a-1a1bf3085a8d ManagerWe are currently recruiting for a Fundraising Manager to join our Head Office team2017-01-09T10:34:00Zbc2d42fd-bb68-4efa-b6c0-a330059bb88f (Jim) PriorIt is with great sadness that we report on the death of our former Chairman Lord (Jim) Prior who passed away on 12th December2016-12-13T11:17:00Z4a755a25-1b12-431f-bcf3-05a89299255b are moving!We are moving our Head Office on Thursday 15th December2016-12-12T12:26:00Z43bdf64a-1d50-4f05-8bd6-5d173c4e35a9 scores again, this time for grassroots footballHarry Kane was presented with another award last night at a glittering fundraising Gala Dinner organised by London Playing Fields Foundation, one of the country’s oldest sports charities.2016-11-18T15:33:00Zadb46cca-08ec-43ec-a161-0431da510c58 research into Coping Through FootballWe are delighted that UCL are undertaking a research project over the next two years to evalaute the impact of LPFF's mental health project Coping Through Football.2016-10-03T15:48:00+01:0038e09758-5bf7-408a-b392-aa3c67d1c072 football festival in E170n 27th September Peter May Sports Centre's new 3G pitch hosted a girls football festival organised by the FA and delivered by Essex FA.2016-09-30T12:07:00+01:004a0a7f10-91a1-4c44-b507-a403cb3f97d4 pitches available for 2016/17 seasonThere are still one or two pitches available at our grounds for the forthcoming football season.2016-08-31T12:38:00+01:0094f5e800-7009-46df-bf01-8548cfbb3366's Coping Through Football journeyI experienced bullying at work and it had a negative effect on me which led to me developing symptoms of depression and anxiety. I was doing some work on managing my anxiety when I saw an advert for Coping Through Football in the local paper and made an appointment with my care co-ordinator. I was in a bad way with the anxiety then, stuck at home not going out, not seeing my friends. It sounds funny but at CTF I saw people that were suffering more than me and I thought we could support each other to get better.2016-07-27T10:22:00+01:00b02a8cb3-6e3c-425a-935e-e02160d9fb9b Groundsmen reach 10 year anniversaryTwo of our Head Groundsman celebrate their 10th anniversary with the charity this year. 2016-06-10T16:03:00+01:0048460f53-7629-4aa1-bc46-8bac373ef35a's summer signingWe are delighted that former England rugby player Martin Bayfield has agreed to become a Vice President of the London Playing Fields Foundation.2016-06-10T14:45:00+01:00101bf3b4-e01d-4c2f-9ef7-ea7618772fef Ever Sports QuizLondon Playing Fields Foundation was the nominated charity partner at MBN Promotions’ Greatest Ever Sports Quiz held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 18th May.2016-06-01T15:26:00+01:00dd424f3b-eabd-4581-8df1-691fabd006c6 lives through sportThe aim of our Coping Through Football project is to help participants to improve their physical and mental health, raise their confidence and self-esteem and reignite thier social skills. The following testimony shows how one individual has used the project to change his life.2016-05-23T12:32:00+01:008d90f090-4d6c-4465-96f2-c19458ffc72f our London Marathon runnerWe are delighted that our Trustee Henrietta Martin-Fisher agreed to run the London Marathon for us this year. 2016-04-25T15:14:00+01:006ad2d4c7-9ef1-4bfd-a2a9-99983f8f76df for keepsAlex Welsh, part-time goalkeeping coach at Tottenham Hotspur Academy delivers a training session at Radley College as part of a 2015 Gala Dinner prize.2016-03-11T14:11:00Z66aae803-6124-40f3-8582-915f8e7686f0 Sarries and London Playing Fields FoundationLPFF is one of Saracens' nominated charities this season. Sarries will play Harlequins at Wembley on 16th April 2016. Buy your tickets here and earn cashback for LPFF2016-03-10T14:40:00Z9d0f55e6-0e97-4bcd-933d-b8614c646090 Kane returns to his roots to open new 3G pitchHarry Kane came home to Peter May Sports Centre where it all began to officially open a state of the art 3G artificial turf pitch. The playing field has a particular significance to him as it is where his love for sport was ignited and he developed his talent the for game2016-03-07T14:39:00Ze3086a14-0634-4af8-a7d8-9c26a10c5b24 matchAs part of our ongoing relationship with Saracens we delivered a number of ball skills games at Allianz Park on 20th February2016-02-29T12:39:00Z2750133a-03d4-4d90-a3f5-d2c80ac4d0c3 Parkrun's 3rd anniversaryOn Saturday 23rd January LPFF joined in Walthamstow Parkrun’s 3rd anniversary celebrations at Peter May Sports Centre. 2016-01-26T11:34:00Z4016a25d-c5ab-4ce9-bb17-d8d8cefca371 3G pitch at Peter May Sports Centre is open for useThe new artificial pitch at Peter May Sports Centre will be put through its paces on Saturday 9th January by LOASS and Egbertians FC whose players will be the first to set foot on the 3G surface. 2016-01-07T16:34:00Z80f08875-4aaf-43a2-9d24-04f65e16b595 playing fields have never been in greater danger - Sir John MajorThursday 12th November saw the Foundation celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner at the Savoy Hotel at which Sir John Major was the guest speaker.2015-12-17T14:25:00Zb1c69019-fbe9-4325-bdc1-9ebfbebde6a3 of Dreams on Sky Sports NewsOur CEO Alex Welsh was interviewed on Sky Sports News on Wednesday 18th November about the recent Fields of Dreams report.2015-11-19T17:13:00Z47e1b494-3f80-4e3a-9cec-fadaa756c092 reveals how playing fields can save the nation millionsLondon Playing Fields Foundation commissioned a report recently which shows how playing fields make a major contribution to cost savings to local and central government. 2015-11-19T16:37:00Zebf4cb80-0ff2-4744-9cbd-51bfb4edde3b Head Groundsman joins the teamWe recently welcomed a new Head Groundsman at the Peter May Sports Centre. 2015-09-08T14:27:00+01:00452699c0-3a2f-4d5e-a253-93622669bdce May Sports Centre to get new 3G pitchDuring August we heard the great news that we have been awarded £368,000 by the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund to fund a state-of-the-art 3G pitch at Peter May Sports Centre. 2015-09-08T14:18:00+01:0062ed6391-06c0-4241-9dc9-0c8a1ff3912e health charter for sportLondon Playing Fields Foundation is one of over 150 organisations to sign up to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation2015-07-14T15:03:00+01:00cc2face2-9e37-46fc-8d04-f6ad1a0667c6 Through Football shows London how it's doneA report today by The Greater London Authority suggests mental ill health is a bigger issue in London than anywhere else in the country. This is something that we recognised nearly ten years ago when the concept for Coping Through Football was generated. 2015-07-09T14:30:00+01:0014384648-e666-47e0-ab41-1bbb71853b81 Playing Fields - a place to play sport foreverRead our Chief Executive Alex Welsh's recent guest blog.2015-07-08T14:34:00+01:00dfa4fbaa-f179-4bfc-8f20-d0c3be387856 clubs celebrate our 125th AnniversaryThirteen teams from across the Foundation's playing fields took part in a special five-a-side tournament to commemorate the charity's 125th Anniversary on Saturday 6th June at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre.2015-06-16T10:30:00+01:000f7d4935-5257-46b6-967b-953d407fb27b in the City with SaracensSeventy guests enjoyed an intimate evening with some star Saracens players on Wednesday 6th May at our Curry in the City event at Cafe Spice Namaste.2015-06-04T15:40:00+01:0075f033c5-0543-42af-8662-6fb6f1dee26c visit to Allianz ParkOn Saturday 11th April staff and volunteers travelled to Allianz Park for the Saracens vs Leicester Tigers match.2015-06-04T15:32:00+01:00cf6b7a8c-b802-484a-bb4f-78e3a2fb9a5f Orient pitch presentationTo celebrate winning the Community Project of the Year at the London Football awards in March, we were invited along with Coping Through Football to a presentation at the Leyton Orient vs Doncaster match.2015-06-04T15:13:00+01:0050b82e60-995e-4d58-af4a-b7fdad3b36b0 up for the SaracensWe had a great day at Allianz Park on Saturday.2015-04-14T10:49:00+01:00445e808e-0600-41a2-8a00-1214ad89f900 LPFF and Leyton Orient TrustPlaying fields are where sport starts and for the gifted few they are where careers start that is why the LPFF and Leyton Orient Trust are such a good fit. 2015-04-13T17:29:00+01:00aaf27e00-f477-4975-8aef-8e3c18553f4f did it! Coping Through Football wins awardOne of the Foundation’s most innovative projects, Coping Through Football, emerged victorious last night when it won the London Community Project of the Year at the London Football Awards at Battersea Evolution.2015-03-06T15:55:00Z6de3d488-bb3e-4791-8efd-3e9a46dcd63a In The City with SaracensCome along on Wednesday 6th May and join us for an evening of curry, beer and rugby to help raise money for the Foundation.2015-02-27T12:28:00Zc9269d08-3e9a-47bd-9e9c-43cea7b8f9fa Welsh nominated for a Mental Health Hero AwardOn Thursday 5th February Alex Welsh, Chief Executive of London Playing Fields Foundation, was invited to attend a Time to Talk event in Whitehall hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The evening celebrated the contributions of individuals who are leading the way in changing lives through pioneering new or innovative ways of supporting people with mental health problems. 2015-02-12T16:23:00Z65b228d9-23c5-4087-88d0-7b8ec798c9ca Kane visits the Peter May Sports CentreOne of our grounds received a very special vistor on Tuesday.2015-02-06T16:30:00Z6efa637e-9982-4a45-9325-e1d4cc5553e6 celebrates 125th AnniversaryThe London Playing Fields Foundation celebrated its 125th anniversary on Wednesday 21st January at City Hall in the presence of Kate Hoey MP, President of the LPFF and Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport.2015-01-23T11:48:00Z390ebea7-fd3a-4c6a-8a79-6abd97253cad Gala Dinner raises 150kThank you to everyone who attended the Gala Dinner on 20th November and helped us raise £150,000 - our best total yet! 2014-12-04T17:00:00Zd827a4ed-1dc5-4c74-844a-9d4205f6db65 Through Football shortlisted for awardCoping Through Football, a project that helps people experiencing mental health problems to get their lives back on track has been shortlisted for the Innovation in Mental Health Award at this year’s Health Business Awards. 2014-12-03T17:19:00Z8653482b-631b-437f-8959-ba0f475e44fc Communities League kicks off One hundred young men from north east London will be competing in the London Communities League this season. The league, which was established by LPFF in 2003, provides newly formed teams with an introduction to playing regular affiliated matches.2014-12-03T17:13:00Zde3f5804-6651-4996-a8cf-83b2889816e5 new Trustees join the LPFF The Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Trustees Dennis Hone CBE and Henrietta Martin-Fisher.2014-10-01T16:13:00+01:00ffdbc344-1911-4d49-8aa4-119d87a60fd7 Balding to speak at LPFF Gala DinnerWe are delighted to announce that Clare Balding will be speaking at our Gala Dinner in November at the Savoy Hotel. 2014-10-01T14:43:00+01:00d4175594-9657-4f83-8251-1cdbf568bf6c end of a successful cricket seasonWith the cricket season done and dusted for another year we hope that our clubs had a successful season. Special congratulations should go to Chingford CC 1st XI who won the Shepherd Neame Essex Premier League for the first time in their history.2014-09-19T14:23:00+01:00da5ada84-b399-4014-8ade-4febcb887ba8 Greenwich kicks off the new season1,400 young footballers descended on LMPF Greenwich on the weekend of 13th and 14th September for the traditional season curtain raiser tournaments.2014-09-18T14:30:00+01:00ead1e671-cf27-48e7-9111-bd03acbb1290 Legend John Hollins presents LPFF with UEFA AwardCoping Through Football has been recognised by UEFA in its Grassroots Awards.2014-06-19T17:22:00+01:00cb3a28f8-e8bd-461e-a2db-58904436106c Eyre Sports Centre gets a makeoverThe pavilion at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre benefits from a £200,000 refurbishment.2014-05-30T12:24:00+01:001b6ea4c6-3a58-4a68-ade0-3ad57783e702 Welsh celebrates 25 years with the LPFFApril 2014 saw the anniversary of Alex's 25 years with the London Playing Fields Foundation.2014-05-30T11:59:00+01:00b27058cb-3fc0-4bcf-a7d3-69c1b6a7451f at WembleyOn Saturday 22nd March we were the nominated charity at the Saracens vs Harlequins match. A match which set a new World Record for the highest attendance of any club match in rugby. 2014-03-26T10:32:00Zf862203d-d6c2-47cd-8d4e-b36433dc85df Powell CBE becomes a Vice PresidentWe are delighted to announce the Foundation's first female Vice President.2014-03-07T11:36:00Z0f8cccc0-3334-4c3c-98e9-0d61e1f58c0f Time to Talk about Coping Through FootballPlaying fields are more than just an expanse of open space. They are places where lives can be improved and this is evident in our Coping Through Football project which uses sport to transform the lives of those with long term mental illness.2014-02-07T15:38:00Zd0eb42eb-0ebf-4b83-a121-6cf51c73e0ab visit Wembley for Derby DayAs one of Saracens nominated charities we will be promoting the LPFF at the Saracens vs Harlequins match on 22nd March 2014. 2014-02-06T14:48:00Z7517aea7-ff5e-4c96-9a1b-8f112221209d 1st Birthday to Walthamstow ParkrunCongratulations to Walthamstow parkrun who celebrated their 1st anniversay with over 100 members at Peter May Sports Centre on 25th January.2014-01-29T15:24:00Z0505d5bf-ca24-4f75-8de6-9e0a2b1f7d84 for Gardeners, not for FootballersWe knew we had spoken too soon when before Christmas we mentioned how no games had been lost due to bad weather. Little did we know we would have one of the wettest starts to 2014!2014-01-24T10:25:00Z344383f3-0bd3-4eff-a04c-186c33bacb5e up for LPFF and SaracensOn Saturday 30th November the London Playing Fields Foundation visited Allianz Park as one of Saracens' nominated charities for 2013/14.2013-12-09T12:04:00Z53b0e649-bdd6-43b1-96d0-d0c1b85abc57 you for supporting the LPFF Gala Dinner 2013Over 300 guests attended the LPFF Gala Dinner on Thursday 14th November and helped raise £125,000 for the charity.2013-11-29T14:17:00Z1382178d-12db-42bb-885c-c9ac3e161fd8 grassroots development at our groundsIn conjunction with Essex FA Westhamians FC recently held a day-long Junior Football Leaders Course for members of their Youth Section.2013-11-05T11:45:00Zd7b26c4d-9cfb-4033-99ff-8e1cb94adbeb at Champions League 2013Coping Through Football at the Champions League festival in Stratford.2013-11-01T14:48:00Z1409fc1e-836f-411a-be64-8a0243e0c0d3 visit the Queen's Coronations FestivalThe LPFF make a special visit to Buckingham Palace.2013-10-29T05:25:00Z4c9a1cb6-e630-437b-a26f-cb7d05e3f554 staff are award winningCongratulations to Sally and Terry Dolan who scooped two awards at the London FA Awards Night recently.2013-10-29T05:25:00Z