Case study: Eliot Tang

Rising Stars Activities


Through sports, arts and holiday camps Eliot Tang and his team of handpicked coaches are bringing together hundreds of Barnet’s children outside of school

“I wanted to create a safe space for children to play freely outside of school hours. Too many children are stuck indoors after school, at weekends and during the holidays. Our Rising Stars programmes get children outdoors, doing sports and creative activities.

“It’s great to see kids of all backgrounds attending and taking part. The children we coach really represent the spread of cultural and ethnic backgrounds of people in the borough. As an adult, it’s very refreshing to see just how innocent children are. They don’t pay much attention to any differences, they just want to play and make new friends.

“Part of our ethos is to create an environment for our children to learn from each other, as well as from our coaches. Our team is handpicked – we have coaches from India, South Africa, the USA, and Australia. Working alongside our British coaches, they can relate to the children and help with their development.

“Team sports, drama, arts and crafts – they’re all a great way for children to find a shared interest. Everyone finds a common goal, and it’s over that they bond. The children form friendships and they go on to stay friends after meeting at a school holiday camp or playing in a weekend club.

“We are starting to build a community. Through the children, parents are now meeting and striking up friendships. Many want to volunteer their services, like running the refreshments at our sports clubs. In one small way, it’s bringing people together.”

For more information visit Rising Stars Activities.

Rising Stars Activities


Through sports, arts and holiday camps Eliot Tang and his team of handpicked coaches are bringing together hundreds of Barnet’s children outside of school

“I wanted to create a safe space for children to play freely outside of school hours. Too many children are stuck indoors after school, at weekends and during the holidays. Our Rising Stars programmes get children outdoors, doing sports and creative activities.

“It’s great to see kids of all backgrounds attending and taking part. The children we coach really represent the spread of cultural and ethnic backgrounds of people in the borough. As an adult, it’s very refreshing to see just how innocent children are. They don’t pay much attention to any differences, they just want to play and make new friends.

“Part of our ethos is to create an environment for our children to learn from each other, as well as from our coaches. Our team is handpicked – we have coaches from India, South Africa, the USA, and Australia. Working alongside our British coaches, they can relate to the children and help with their development.

“Team sports, drama, arts and crafts – they’re all a great way for children to find a shared interest. Everyone finds a common goal, and it’s over that they bond. The children form friendships and they go on to stay friends after meeting at a school holiday camp or playing in a weekend club.

“We are starting to build a community. Through the children, parents are now meeting and striking up friendships. Many want to volunteer their services, like running the refreshments at our sports clubs. In one small way, it’s bringing people together.”

For more information visit Rising Stars Activities.