The Harrow Club

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Harrow Club

Welcome to the inaugural Harrow Club Newsletter!

During the latest meeting of the Trustees of the club we felt that we would like to share the Club’s progress with our friends and supporters and keep you updated on news and events on a more regular basis in the form of a quarterly newsletter.  While the work we do with young people across our four Youth Clubs is varied and extensive, we hope to keep these periodic updates interesting and to the point! 

HARROW CLUB NEWS

Philippe Chappatte has been elected the new Chair of the Board of Trustees, as of September 2019, following the retirement of Les Roberts, who has served as chairman for the last 3 years and has been a trustee since 2010.  Les has been instrumental in refocusing the clubs’ activities to date and we cannot thank him enough for his hard work and dedication to the Club.

Now… a word from our new Chair, Philippe Chappatte - I am delighted to have been elected by my fellow Trustees to be the new Chair of the Club. We have great ambitions for the Club and are building a really strong team under Michael Defoe’s leadership to be able to deliver more high impact programs to the most disadvantaged young people in our Community. We are focusing on challenging youth work with 12 to 18 years olds who are have been excluded or are at risk of being excluded from school.  Please come and join our efforts.

Debate Box Programme:  This programme is in its fourth year and is designed to be of particular value to young people who are close to exclusion from their school.  Currently delivering to pupils from three local Academies, the programme incorporates young people learning boxing and debating skills with the objective of better control over behaviour and improved abilities for young people to express themselves.

Youth Clubs: We run a Senior and a Junior Youth Club twice a week in the Harrow Club with some 80 young people attending regularly. In addition, we run separate youth clubs at our three other sites at Old Oak, Sands End and White City Youth Clubs each of which attracts some 30 to 40 young people every week. These 4 Clubs are providing valuable local services with many young people on a regular basis.

The youth clubs offer an engaging range of activities to keep all our members entertained and help them develop valuable life skills. As part of the club you can take part in football teams, music workshops, arts and crafts, dance, drama, boxing, cookery and a range of other sport and educational programmes. All our youth club members are encouraged to make an active contribution to the life of the club and the local community.

 We also put on drama and dance clubs at the Harrow Club for both Juniors and Seniors together with our partners The Gate Theatre and Dance West.  Recently, the Senior Drama club devised, wrote, produced and starred in an excellent piece of drama which was performed in front of a public audience at the Gate Theatre.  Bravo!!

With Notting Hill Carnival just around the corner, Mathilde Glossop, leader of the Junior Club is beginning the long process with the juniors of making all the costumes for our float.  This involves a huge amount of wire bending, a phenomenal amount of glitter and glue and a lot of fun!!  Look out for the Harrow Club Float on Family Day and have a dance with us!

Volunteers: the Harrow Club is looking for volunteers!  Whether you have a particular skill to share for the benefit of others, help with the cooking club, love organising events, would like to mentor a young person, assist in the traveller homework club or drive a minibus all volunteering, no matter how large or small contributes immeasurably the club. 

Please contact Leanda at leanda@harrowclubw10.org for further information and a warm welcome!

 A Very Big Thank You 

 We would like to say a huge thank you to Wetherby Prep School which held its school drinks and fundraiser at and for the benefit of the Harrow Club this year.  Alongside a wonderful evening of drinks and canapes the attendees enjoyed performances from the youth clubs, the dance programme showcased their latest routine and there was a joint performance by the Wetherby Choir and the Junior Youth Club.  The event was an incredible success and the generosity of Wetherby parents and Mr Snell has allowed us to go ahead with a great number of very important, but to date under-funded, activities for our young people.

 We would also like to say how incredibly thankful we are to our table hosts and guests who have supported our Debate Box Dinner last Autumn so generously.  This event hosts the finale of the Debate Box Project where pupils who have been through the programme compete with each other using their new talents of debating and boxing.  Following the event, the pupils were full of enthusiasm and confidence and in shock at what they had achieved in the ring.  The event has run for three very successful years and has raised awareness of the Harrow Club in the wider community.  It is not the normal charity dinner!

 Finally, Football Success!

Our Harrow Club Football Team just won the Middlesex Youth League for Under 16s. The final was in May and the score was 10-nil against Hillingdon Abbots Football Club.  Congratulations to all those who took part.

 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

20 November – Harrow Club ANOTHER WAY Dinner – if you wish to host a table please contact rosoxley@harrowclubw10.org,