Celtic FC – Breaking Barriers

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Celtic FC
Social development, Social inclusion, Prevention of violence

Celtic FC – Breaking Barriers

In 1892, Celtic Football Club’s founding father, Brother Walfrid, departed one city’s East End for another as his Marist calling took him from Glasgow to the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Working in nineteenth century Tower Hamlets, Brother Walfrid’s purpose – as it had been in Glasgow – was to alleviate the horrors of destitution and squalor. Now, in the present day, Celtic FC Foundation proudly continues Brother Walfrid’s legacy in London through our Breaking Barriers project.
Established in 2014, following a series of pilot projects, the Breaking Barriers initiative is delivered in partnership alongside Active Communities Network and Poplar HARCA, with funding made available from the Big Lottery Fund England.
Considered to be the most deprived region in London, Tower Hamlets’ residents are afflicted by entrenched socio-economic disadvantage, unemployment and health inequality, with the area having the lowest life expectancy of any London borough.
Throughout the year, Breaking Barriers offers a robust activity programme (taking place in the evening, holidays and weekends) encompassing sports and arts for young people between the ages of 13 & 19.
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