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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 5th March 2019

Persimmon Homes Building Futures With Team GB

Local housebuilder partners with Team GB to give youngsters a sporting chance.

Groups working with under-18s across Kent could be in with a chance of winning a share of £1,000,000 thanks to a major scheme by leading housebuilder Persimmon Homes, which is launching its national Building Futures programme in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

The national Building Futures programme is being run locally by Persimmon Homes South East, and it aims to support community groups across three categories:

• Sports.
• Education and arts.
• Health.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond, while Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year gave away £620,000 to support children’s sport initiatives and projects.

This year’s scheme is aimed solely at community projects for under-18s and targeted at grassroots sports groups, community groups dealing with physical and mental health issues and awareness, as well as arts and education projects. Tom Wright, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes South East, said: “We are looking for groups, charities and individuals who have amazing ideas on how to spend the big cash prizes to come forward. We will consider anything from new clubhouses and kit, to education and arts centres, research and support.”

A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of grassroots community projects.
Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists later in October.

In each sector – sport, education and arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Middleweight boxer and Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo (pictured), who is working as part of the Team GB link-up, said: “Persimmon Homes and Team GB through Building Futures can change thousands of kids’ lives and that gets a massive thank you from me.”

• To find out more, or to apply, visit persimmonhomes.com/building-futures

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