Transition from school sport to club sport is the pivotal part of the sporting pathway and it dominates attention from development professionals the world over.

There are a number of complex factors which dictate why a young person begins to take part in sport outside of school and in Tower Hamlets, there are an equally complex set of factors as to why they do not.

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Participation retention is also a universal issue, particularly as young people get to school-leaving ageand get other pressures on their time.

THYSF believes strongly in encouraging life-long participation. All of the health, personal and community benefits sport has can only be maintained if involvement is sustained.

A life-long engagement benefits sport and benefits the local community but in Tower Hamlets where traditionally so few families have participated outside of school in the first place, retention is a secondary aim.

This is why we believe the change in model we have been able to introduce, where school sport and youth club/community sport are managed by the same organisation, is such a significant and relevant innovation.