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Mayor's Fund For London
29 Jun 2017


Six schools win £1,500 each in City Pitch Primary Finals at City Hall

Proposed ideas included tackling knife crime, promoting social cohesion, and encouraging family fitness schemes 

Young people from six London schools came together at City Hall yesterday, complete with business plans, budgets and time schedules, to pitch Community Project ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to £1,500 of funding.

In this Dragon’s Den style event, teams from schools in Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, two from Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington and Wandsworth each pitched for support of a social action project designed to make a difference to life in their communities.

Each group was given 5 minutes to present, followed by a short Q&A session from the judging panel. The panel included a cross-section of industry leaders: Ingrid Osborne, Divisional Managing Director at Taylor Wimpey; Claire Young, an award-winning entrepreneur; TJ Dobson, Youth Board Member for the Mayor’s Fund; Melanie Grant, Mayor’s Fund for London Trustee, and Kim Chaplain, Director of Charitable Portfolio, Mayor’s Fund for London.

After a tense half-hour deliberation session, the results were finally announced and each school was awarded £1, 500 for their project.

Jennifer Smith, Assistant Head at St Matthias CofE Primary School, which aims to tackle knife crime in Hackney with their  ‘Drop a knife, Save a life’ project, said: “It’s been fantastic. It’s given the children a lot of confidence and belief that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can make a difference. It also puts social action high on their agenda as they grow up.”

Ingrid Osborne, Divisional Managing Director at Taylor Wimpey, said: “City Pitch gives a sense of self and a sense of place and empowerment. It lets young people take ownership of shaping their futures and become engaged citizens who know they can make a change. We are delighted to work with the Mayor’s Fund for London to invest in young Londoners to ensure these great ideas get off the ground and make a real difference to local communities.”

Hannah Gurga, Chief of Staff, LCH Group said:“It is inspiring to see how passionate these young Londoners are about making a difference. City Pitch fosters aspiration and entrepreneurialism in an environment where young people can learn, practice and hone skills which will be of practical use to them in their future careers. Skills such as public speaking and presenting are vital business tools and London Stock Exchange Group’s Foundation is proud to be supporting the event.”

Matthew Patten, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London said: “Our City Pitch project is a fantastic way to introduce the early development of key business skills in a supportive atmosphere. The initiative boosts aspiration and encourages social responsibility; it’s great to see young Londoners getting involved and taking pride in their community.”


The finalist schools will now go on to fulfil their projects:

  • “Do Your Bit, Let’s Get Fit” – Eastbury Primary School, Barking & Dagenham
    • Pupils will hold a family fitness day to get everyone off of the sofa and involved in fit and fun activities.
  •  “Drop A Knife, Save A Life” – St Matthias CofE Primary School, Hackney
    • Fighting to make Hackney a safer place by working with local schools and police to raise awareness about knife crime.
  •  “Bubble & Squeak” – Old Oak Primary School, Hammersmith & Fulham
    • Food waste warriors will tackle the issue of food waste by working with local supermarkets to give away food that would otherwise go in the bin.
  •  “Precious Paws” – Wendell Park Primary School, Hammersmith & Fulham
    • Will work with local animal shelters to run a campaign to help animals find their forever home.
  •  “#HelptheElderly” – Hugh Myddleton Primary School, Islington
    • Will bring the community together by running school events for elderly people and start up a school garden.
  •  “Waste Out Of Our Space” – Shaftesbury Park Primary, Wandsworth
    • Plan to harness technology to help get rid of litter, by making an app that awards people for picking up litter in their community.

 In the 2016/2017 academic year, 24 schools from across London were invited to take part in the Mayor’s Fund for London’s City Pitch initiative. The programme began with a Leadership Day for 60 pupils in each school and culminated with the Final pitch event at City Hall.

Since 2014, City Pitch has supported 600 young Londoners to launch 46 unique community projects.

The Mayor’s Fund for London City Pitch programme is supported by Taylor Wimpey Central London and the London Stock Exchange Group.

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