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Model City London Evaluation

Building A Vision for Change for Model City London

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Model City London was a new approach to working with three London communities to identify the issues they want to address to improve the wellbeing of local people and their neighbourhood, through sport and physical activity. It’s an inspiring and ambitious programme for change, with lots of great things that happenned between October ‘19 and February ‘21. The three London communities were Belfont, Feltham & Hanworth in Hounslow; Haringey (East); and Barking.

In each area, a range of people, including young people, have come together to explore these issues with Laureus, their evaluation partner NDTi (the National Development Team for Inclusion,, Nike and the GLA (Greater London Authority). Working together through a steering group, each area has developed their local vision and priorities for change (or “outcomes”). People have also said they wanted to be involved in finding out if these things are happening and what’s different for local people as a result; and in sharing the learning about what works and what doesn’t work in making these changes happen across the 3 areas.

Whilst the initial pilot period of the MCL programme (2019-2021) has come to an end, the work of the three local Coalitions in Barking, Hounslow and Haringey continues – a testimony to the successes and endeavours of local partners and groups to collaborate, create opportunities and deliver sports and physical activities to a wide range of people through an incredibly difficult time over the last 18 months.

We are delighted to share the highlights, stories, examples of impact in this final Model City London evaluation report.

Building on successes in the USA and the UK (London), Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and its country specific partners have brought the Model City programme (now known as Sport for Good Cities) to Paris and Delhi. In Spring 2019, NDTi was commissioned to provide evaluation and learning support to the Sport for Good Global Programme with a focus on enabling the delivery of evidence of social impacts and learning about what works to inform ongoing developments of these community led approaches. The copy of the first Global Evidence & Learning report is available here.

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