Getting Active is a 30-week sport and physical activity programme focusing on offering an enjoyable and safe space for young people to come together.

At Mary’s Youth Club we will be coaching Basketball with a view to improve general fitness, develop general skills and tactics and most importantly, teamwork skills.

Alongside the regular weekly coaching session, there will be trips and activities as part of the main youth club programme

This project is run in partnership with London Youth


At a glance

When and How

What and Where

Sessions run weekly on Wednesdays at 4pm from Wednesday 13 January 2020.

The programme will run for about 30 weeks. However, this project has the potential to evolve and extend.

Group sessions will last about an hour for skills training and updates. Participants will be supported online and by telephone.

Sessions will be in person at The neighbourhood centre (Upper Street).

There is a possibility of arranging collecting of young people from local primary schools, where there is significant interest.



We’re aiming this programme at 8 - 12-year-olds who live in Islington. 

There are no other caveats to participation.

We work with partners to make sure our programmes are accessible to a wide range of needs.

Young people will:

  • Be better connected
  • Be resourceful
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • More confident communicating
  • Develop good judgement


  • Improving physical and mental wellbeing
  • Strengthening and supporting peer relationships
  • Improving attitudes and understanding of the importance of being regularly active
  • Building confidence and capacity within community youth organisations

Basketball Coaching

Regular exercise has lots of health benefits for children and young people, such as: improving fitness. providing an opportunity to socialise. increasing concentration. improving academic scores. building a stronger heart, bones and healthier muscles. encouraging healthy growth and development. improving self-esteem.

At Mary’s Youth Club, we define Health and fitness programmes as:

The Health and Fitness Programme Zones is for all activity focus on physical and mental wellbeing. It includes most sports and fitness activities, cooking activities that have a focus on nutrition and programmes that have a focus on mental health, sexual health and relationships and things like first aid where there is a focus on self-care.

Mary’s Outcomes and Accreditations

The Sports and Fitness Zone contributes to all of Mary’s intermediary and long term outcomes, but especially:

  • Healthier Life Choices
  • Confidence Leading
  • Being Better Connected

The basic structure is as follows, although this can be amended if there is a more appropriate way to go about it.




  • Communication.
  • Decisive Action.
  • Teamwork.
  • Time Management.
  • Build Self-Esteem 
  • Sense of Community/ Better connected 

General Fitness

  • Improving physical and mental wellbeing
  • Improving attitudes and understanding of the importance of being regularly active.


  • Offensive skills: shooting, rebounding, passing, and dribbling.
  • Defensive skills: blocking, stealing, and again, rebounding


  • Strengthening and supporting peer relationships
  • Teamwork helps motivate participants to do their part, assisting the team to reach its ultimate goal
  • Teamwork also involves delegation of tasks, which is what successful leaders do every day

In Partnership with:

London Youth is a charity on a mission to improve the lives of young people in London, challenging them to become the best they can. Young people need opportunities outside school to have fun with their friends, to learn new skills, to make a positive change in their communities and to shape the city they live in.

Links to awards and accreditation

AQA Unit Awards

There are a number of AQA Unit awards that are related to Basketball and the delivery staff will make sure they are up to date with what is available. In addition, participants will need to be registered. At the very least, participants will be awarded the following accreditation(s)

Unit Number

Unit Title



Basic Basketball Skills 


Cost and sign up

Participants can sign up now. There are no joining fees or charges for this programme. 

Non-members: To get on the programme, members will need to register with Mary’s Youth Club if they haven’t already. This can be done online or over the phone. When registering there will be an option to sign up to a specific programme.

Register online: or Call: m: 07816 073 016 t: 020 7183 2640

Members: Get in contact with Sally using the number above or through the socials.


Sally Baxter Senior Youth Worker at Mary’s

m: 07498 073452 t: 020 7183 2640

e: [email protected] tw: @MarysYouthClub