We work closely with a number of charitable partners and organisations to support our thriving community of schools. From fundraisers, projects and events, we believe working together with our communities is key to creating a positive environment for all our children, parents and staff to join together in. Rackets Cubed The Elliot Foundation has been working with sports charity, Rackets Cubed, since 2019. Through this partnership we have brought together our two organisations to unite our values and visions in aid of the advancement of children’s education and physical development. Rackets Cubed is a UK registered Charity that runs integrated Squash, Tennis, Education and Nutrition Programmes for local inner-city children. The programme’s vision is driven by the increasing evidence that active children have higher school achievement and that nutritious foods improve classroom behaviour. There are a number of factors which have been shown to adversely affect a child’s learning and development (from NHS Wandsworth) and these range from:A child’s long term health and fitness is adversely affected by being overweight which in turn impacts learning and development in children.Disadvantaged children are less likely to participate in physical activity outside of school.Self-esteem, participation and confidence are all important factors in a child’s school attainment as well as their quality of life. Obesity can adversely affect all of these things and it is thought that poor self-esteem may be a reason for decreased attainment in obese children.Nutrition and physical activity interventions in schools tend to have the biggest impact in populations with a high prevalence of disadvantageThe work of Rackets Cubed is focused on improving the chances of children in educational settings. A study stated that half of all UK seven-year-olds do not do enough exercise, with girls far less active than boys. University College London researchers found just 51% of the 6,500 children they monitored achieved the recommended hour of physical activity each day. For girls, the figure was just 38%, compared with 63% for boys. Half of the group also spent more than six hours being sedentary each day, although some of this would be spent in class, the researchers acknowledged.We realised that there was a direct link between our work and that of Rackets Cubed and we decided to join forces to give children from inner cities and deprived areas the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential, improve their physical and mental health and to aim high in all aspects of their daily lives. The program focuses on improving classroom achievement, learning a new sporting skill and being active and works to achieve clear goals. Community Boxes As the Covid-19 pandemic sent the country into a national crisis, we mobilised to launch a Community Box Programme to help those within our communities in need. This became a partnership between the Elliot Foundation and sports charity, Rackets Cubed, to provide weekly boxes of food, hygiene and educational essentials to vulnerable families in our communities. Since March 2020 the partnership has distributed over 20,700 at a total value of £724,000. The programme sees our schools become distribution centres for weekly boxes made up of surplus food sourced from charities like FareShare UK and City Harvest, together with donations from local businesses. School staff volunteer with the packing and delivering of boxes to scores of families in need. We very much welcome staff to join in with the packing and collection process of our community boxes. The programme operates in 13 schools and we are committed to extending the programme beyond Covid-19 relief and we will ensure that it reaches all our schools and communities this academic year. The project was picked up by the BBC, and Parkfield Primary had a well deserved moment of fame as they featured in a segment on BBC1’s Morning Live in November! The impact of these community boxes has been significant, as one parent stated:“Lockdown has been isolating, so coming here on a Friday has allowed us to see people and collect our boxes. It gives us a stock of fruits and vegetables, and if something drastic happens tomorrow morning, I know that I have got someone to help me - even with the basics.”The community spirit has never faltered and we could not be more proud of the efforts that have been made to extend this campaign across all schools within our network. This campaign has embodied the values of the Elliot Foundation. Our Partners We have been delighted to have received the support of a number of organisations, charities and businesses.