Donation to Imber Metz

Partner: Imber Metz

Project: Donation

The Axis Foundation has made another donation to Imber Metz, continuing our five-year relationship with this remarkable community project run by the Metropolitan Police Football Club.

The programme

During this time, the Foundation has made regular donations to the programme at Imber Metz which strives to improve lives of young people in hard-to-reach communities in a number of ways: promoting work with the police and statutory agencies; appointing mentors to convey a strong positive message; delivering a strong anti-knife crime agenda and engaging young people in football activities.

Distinguished mentors

Distinguished mentors who have engaged the young people of Imber Metz include Mr Neville Lawrence OBE, the father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, and leading human rights lawyer Joslyn Coburn.

Building bridges

By enabling Serving Police Officers and young people thought to have lost respect for the Police and the legal system to spend time in non-confrontational situations Imber Metz is able to build bridges between and within their respective communities.

Football skills

Our previous donations have supported the Imber Metz’s football programme which provides a platform for players to build up their social and life skills as well as receiving training in the sport. Imber Metz is now providing football for U7.U8,U9.U10,U11,U13 and U18 players.

Links in the footballing community

Imber Metz has forged links with Kickz (a national programme in the UK which uses football to engage 12-to-18-year-olds in deprived areas), with street league projects as well as with the football league and premier league foundations: Imber Metz teams have competed in several tournaments across London involving young people from other boroughs and have also played against, West Ham, Fulham, Mill Wall and Barnet. Former Chelsea FC Captain, Dennis Wise has also coached the Imber Metz football team.

Our latest donation

Our latest donation of £5,000 takes our total donated to £25, 000 and will be used to steer young people away from crime in high-crime and hard to reach areas at a time when knife and violent crime has reached an all time high. Work will take the form of anti crime lectures and football activities and it is estimated there will be over 200 beneficiaries of this new project.

Project feedback...

"So far this year’s project, in my opinion, has been the most successful to date, having reached a record number of young people. PC Ray Sekinlonga's lectures are both informative and powerful. The young people have bought into the scheme and we are now helping them complete CVs and also provide mentoring at the sites we visit.

Notable achievements so far: Fulham have invited Imber Metz to be part of their inclusion programme and we attend two sessions a week in Brixton. Chelsea requested help at two sites, Lambeth and Pimlico. Imber Metz / FFC leaflets are on display in Lambeth Police Custody Suite and handed to young people who have offended for the first time. This allows early intervention and inclusion in our projects. 

Imber Metz played a pivotal role in the recent Refugee Cup held at Motspur Park FFC training ground.  We also work alongside other projects such as St Mathews and Lambeth Tigers. And we will be working in Harringay with The Black Child Agenda (Tottenham).
However without doubt the most valuable achievement is this: several young people approached Imber Metz to tell of a serious public order situation which could have resulted in knife crime against a named individual. As a result and the close liaison we have with the police this situation was avoided and a young person’s life saved.

Without Axis Foundation none of the above would have been possible on behalf of the young people and the project a massive Thank You." - DCI, Clive Driscoll said: