Roupell Park RMO has just won the national award for Effective Partnership Working at the NFTMO Conference (National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations) this weekend, which was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The application was centred around our recently launched Roupell Park MUGA (Multi-Use-Games-Area), which illustrates the importance of meaningful partnerships in our social mission, to create a better living environment, promote healthy living, and to raise aspirations for all. Without our partners, this project would simply not have been possible.
Had it not been for the generosity of our two funding partners, The Football Foundation (a joint initiative of the Premier League, the Football Association, and central government, via Sport England) giving £92K, and the Veolia Environmental Trust giving £75k, Roupell Park RMO would not been able to deliver this project.
And without our principal delivery partner, Fulham FC Foundation, delivering coaching sessions on our estate since 2017, we would not have been able to engage either funder.
Delivery of the new facility has committed us to deliver more for the wider community, such as girls’ football, with our new partners: the St Matthew’s Project, who are practised and highly regarded providers in this area, disability sessions for both children and adults (Fulham FCF and CEF Lyncx), Walking Football, sports sessions centred around mental health issues (Fulham FCF), netball (via Netball England) and much more. The social impact of this project extends beyond the confines of our estate. We are committed to working with our partners to help recruit as many people as possible to be active in sport, as part of the Active Lambeth strategy, which seeks to ensure that the benefits of sport and physical activity can be accessed by all our residents.
Roupell Park RMO operates in a complex socio-economic setting. We are a diverse community, with many lone parents, and many struggling to live with the consequences of economic deprivation and high levels of crime. This freely accessible facility is so much more than just a sports pitch, it’s a vehicle for change, something that helps foster young people’s aspirations. Our residents have already commented how much more positive they feel since the MUGA’s opening; from both the improved visual amenity and the optimism generated by the number of new activities now on offer to them.