Greenhouse was founded in 2002 when our Chief Executive, Michael de Giorgio, set up a multisports pilot to give young people on a local housing estate something positive to do in the school holidays.
Using the sports facilities at St Paul’s School, an independent school in West London, the pilot programme helped troubled teenagers with support from the Metropolitan Police.
It was so successful and in demand that it continued over the following years and merged with Table Tennis for Kids (TTK).
But Mike quickly realised that rather than transporting young people from London’s disadvantaged areas to private schools in more affluent areas he needed to bring sport to the young people.
In 2004, Greenhouse moved into schools, launching full time table tennis programmes in disadvantaged London communities before merging with Bethwin Community Football Club in 2005.
From then Greenhouse has continued to grow, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, with the belief that we need to provide more opportunities and role models to many more young people.
Currently we run 49 programmes across London, working with between 7,500 – 10,000 young people on a weekly basis.