Giving Children a Sporting Chance

“It changed into during a subsidized rugby union visit to Cambodia that I saw children dwelling in squalor on the Stung Meanchey Municipal Waste Dump in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Despite the terrible conditions these youngsters have been residing in, they still had hope and happiness in their eyes,” says Greening.


Greening became stimulated to get concerned whilst he noticed the difference sports activities ought to make to them. Two boys who had grown up on the dump, and had been given help from a volunteer, were now representing Cambodia on the countrywide rugby crew. He speedy realized his knowledge could cross an extended way toward assisting these kids. Greening says, “In most cases, recreation is last on the listing in terms of a charity’s investment and objectives. Knowing that sports have remarkable healing value, I believe that the ethics learned on a sports subject – obligation, leadership, and teamwork – are transferable to any surroundings. We set up this charity to offer a possibility for children to benefit some remedy thru various sports and benefit self-self belief.”

Kick a Ball

This happened to the Sporting Chance Foundation to enhance the lives of underprivileged children – whether they may be inner-city kids from London or toddler prostitutes in Vietnam. As long as they want to kick a ball, the charity ambitions to continually be there to kick it lower back. “Sporting Chance Foundation established itself by using imparting the requirements to make this transformation – meals, shelter, and clothing,” Greening explains, “and we have endeavored to provide every infant with a fixed of traits so one can expect ultimate them a lifetime.”

Jonny Wilkinson Steps Up

Calling upon excessive-profile pals, Greening won assists from sport and media personalities, along with England rugby World Cup heroes Jonny Wilkinson and Jason Leonard, Joel Stransky, main musician Heidi Range from the Sugababes, TV and radio presenter Dave Berry, and ESPN STAR Sports presenter Charlie Webster. Each has pledged to dedicate their time and knowledge to ensure the charity reaches as many youngsters as feasible.

To maximize the impact of the Sporting Chance Foundation, Greening ensures that the charity works alongside current non-government establishments (NGOs). The charity will assist in supplying funding and wearing a device to orphanages and work directly with unique NGOs to improve the kids’ lives of their programs.

Greening says, “The charity presently works with three NGOs. Two are based totally in Phnom Penh, and the 1/3 is a global charity, Touraid, based totally out of the United Kingdom. Touraid funds youngsters from much less advanced nations to journey and play a game abroad. The alliance with Touraid gives youngsters from Sporting Chance Foundation the opportunity to revel in new regions of the sector and study distinct cultures.”

Down in the Dumps

Funding from Sporting Chance, not simplest, supports their own initiatives; if they see an NGO with a suitable cause, they will also help. On a current ride to Phnom Penh, Sporting Chance Foundation met up with two other NGOs: Friends and the Sunrise orphanage. Both had shelters set up to assist the metropolis’s avenue kids. Friends, an inner-city haven, has been relatively successful at taking boys and women off the streets; but, the kids had nowhere safe to run around. Sporting Chance Foundation proposed a sports corridor and playground within the shelter’s partitions.

Sunrise, based totally just outside the town, has a small soccer area. However, the girls in the shelter haven’t any carrying outlets. Sporting Chance Foundation drew up plans to construct a multi-reason gambling surface for the children to experience tennis, badminton, volleyball, and netball. This is simply the beginning of their work in Phnom Penh; they’ll retain to search for more worthwhile tasks in the metropolis.

Developing Coaches

Presently, the inspiration makes use of outside help with its creation initiatives and education. However, it intends to make the charity a hundred percentage self-sufficient. Greening’s aim is that youngsters coached in his programs will be coaches for younger sportsmen and ladies in the following era.

Currently, Sporting Chance Foundation facilitates 2,000 children a day, ranging from toddlers with HIV to kids orphaned by landmines, dysfunctional households, or drug abuse. As finances grow, the charity hopes to sponsor kids via the nearby public college. Ultimately it pursuits to set up its personal center in Phnom Penh close to the college with dorms, a canteen, a sports area, and sporting facilities. Through Joel Stransky and Heidi Range, Sporting Chance Foundation is starting to use the Cambodian template to help an orphanage within the townships of South Africa.

An All-Star Team

Through his contacts within the rugby global, Greening is also in the procedure of putting an all-big name rugby crew collectively to play in Dubai, Hong Kong, and Bangkok to elevate price range and growth typical recognition of the charity. Two younger boys from Cambodia can be invited to join the team for the excursion.

“The Foundation’s purpose is to assist kids in every nook of the arena ultimately. As a charity that works to a ‘non-compete’ principle, Sporting Chance Foundation overtly invites different charities to give an assisting hand, ensuing in a bigger effect in the direction of assisting the ones in want,” concludes Greening. Greening is presently dwelling and operating in Singapore with Standard Chartered Bank as Associate Director, Global Clients Relations & Entertainment for Wholesale Bank, continuing Standard Chartered’s commitment to children’s game and, particularly, Greening’s recreation of rugby.