Jaiden Brown, 24, Coach.
St. Katharine’s Trust is a grassroots organisation offering sports activities in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney. Founded by Matin Miah in 2006, it became a registered charity in 2011. It’s mission is to counter social exclusion and deprivation, encourage interaction from different cultures and backgrounds that will build social and personal skills to help youth access education, training and employment.
Jaiden Brown, 24, is a poignant example of how St. Katharine’s Trust has helped him grow while giving a sense of focus and purpose through the years. At age 13 Jaiden was playing for a secondary school and was not happy with the way the coach treated the players. Just as he started looking for another coach, he met Matin. Ever since, he has made his way up the ranks with the Under 16 team followed by getting into the Men’s team. According to Jaiden there were no conditions placed on him or his teammates to enter the team. “They were accepting of who we were.”
During his time at St. Katharine’s, Jaiden has helped organize Table Tennis for seniors and been an active member in the background. During his association with St. Katharine’s Trust, Jaiden has gone from strength to strength, getting an FA level badge. As a result he has gotten to work with the West Ham grassroots teams aged from 2-3 up to 15-16 years. His first proper coaching job was for the girls’ team.
Jaiden, “They give you opportunities that other places wouldn’t.” When Matin Miah realized how interested Jaiden was in media, he put him in charge of St. Katharine’s media responsibilities. Jaiden says, “Other places would have asked for previous experience and I didn’t have any, but Matin trusted me. It’s not just me, my friends have had opportunities from the St. Katharine’s trust as adults.”
“The staff is amazing. They have done cycling marathons to raise funds. Matin has put money out of his own pockets for kids to get memberships. But we still need more funding. Other activities like Basketball and Table tennis will definitely benefit from this.”
St. Katharine’s bring together people from 16 different ethnic/cultural and faith
backgrounds. The large minority ethnic group in Tower Hamlets is the 10th most deprived local authority in England. In Tower Hamlets 39% of children live in poverty, it is 27% in Newham. In both boroughs, childhood obesity is also worse than the average. Levels of participation in physical activity are lower in children and young people than across London and England. Knowing these facts, the role of St. Katharine’s Trust feels more important than ever. We encourage those who can, to donate and keep this borough smiling.