Our Sport & Health Project is a recognised and evidenced model of good practice for the benefits of physical activity in improving peoples’ physical and mental health, social relationships and overall quality of life. In making activity accessible, the project has debunked the myth that people experiencing homelessness aren’t interested in or can’t do sport, or that people don’t care about the state of their own health.  

The team has established in-house gyms at SHP services, provides accessible aerobics and yoga sessions, bicycle maintenance and ride-out clubs, boxing, football, fishing and table tennis sessions. They organised SHP’s largest event to date with our first ever organisational Sports Day, which brought together clients, staff and supporters at Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium.  

The project is an active organisational lead on health, has established a valued data set in furthering understanding of unmet health needs in homelessness, and has made a strong case for the role of physical activity as a core part of future progressive homelessness provision. Valuable funding, support and continued collaboration comes from the National Lottery Sport England and KKR. 

Before the sports sessions, I’d just be sat at home doing nothing. They make me feel better – if a bit achy! I’m getting out of the house and meeting friends. I’m eating better, losing weight and I feel more confident about myself.
- Annie