Disadvantaged youngsters enjoyed a week in Cyprus, thanks to the Harrow Club and the Leus Family Foundation (Image: Harrow Club)

The fun-filled annual event is aimed at allowing disadvantaged young people to experience foreign travel

A group of young people from West London enjoyed a fun-filled week in Cyprus, thanks to a trip organised by the Harrow Club with funding from the Leus Family Foundation.

This is the second time that the two organisations have worked together to provide this trip, which has become an annual event aimed at allowing a group of young people the experience of foreign travel, as well as a packed programme of outdoor sports and activities.

The group enjoyed windsurfing, snorkelling, canoe lessons, snorkelling, a jeep safari, a Yellow Submarine trip and a visit to Ayia Napa WaterWorld water park.

All flights, meals and accommodation were provided by the Leus Family Foundation.

Working with the community since 1883

The West London youngsters relished the chance to experience a new country and culture (Image: Harrow Club)

The Harrow Club has been working with the local community since 1883 and aims to address needs among young people related to disadvantage and poverty.

The club’s activities range from sports clubs to drama and dance.

Its network of clubs includes Harrow, Chelsea, Old Oak, Sands End, White City and Lancaster Road, and welcomes children and young people between the ages of eight and 21 years old.

Some 80 per cent are eligible for free school meals, 90 per cent are from ethnic minority backgrounds and 20 per cent have been diagnosed with learning difficulties or disability issues.

The Leus Family Foundation has previously supported the Harrow Club with the donation of a minibus and the provision of fencing lessons and equipment.

‘Range of benefits’

Dmitry Leus with the youngsters at Ayia Napa WaterWorld water park (Image: Harrow Club)

Michael Defoe, CEO of the Harrow Club, spoke about the impact the Cyprus trip had on the young people attending.

He said: “We are delighted to work again with the Leus Family Foundation to make this annual trip possible for our young people.

“Some of them have never left the UK before, so participating in a programme of sports in Cyprus brings a range of benefits, from confidence-building, teamwork and the experience of a new country and culture.”

Dmitry Leus, founder of the Leus Family Foundation, added: “I had the pleasure of meeting this fantastic group of young people at the Ayia Napa WaterWorld water park.

“It’s an honour for our foundation to assist in bringing this impactful experience to them and to see them fully embracing a fun experience.”

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