Today marks the first day of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Over the next 16 days, the world’s best athletes from across the globe come together to compete to the highest standard in thrilling winter sports such as skiing, ice hockey and the luge.
Whist the world watches these athletes compete for personal and country glory, there are loads of community-based organisations across London using sport in a different way, as a tool to improve the lives of individuals and their communities.
Yet for many Londoners, many sports, especially winter sports, may not be accessible due to financial or geographical constraints. People may also hold preconceived ideas about the sort of people that take part in certain kinds of sports. Therefore, over the next two weeks, we will showcase the important work of community groups that engage Londoners of all ages through a variety of activities, from skiing and snowboarding to golf and football. The groups featured focus on fun and teamwork instead of finding the best athletes. They engage Londoners from different communities and connect individuals.