Thames SUP paddle 2020

W4C strives to constantly refine and improve our service through monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning. We do this through research partnerships with Universities and funders, participating in communities of practice and learning networks, and creating spaces for W4C child and mentor voices to be heard in our programme design and delivery

Decreased violent and risk behaviour

Improved resilience to trauma and coping skills

Improved happiness and self confidence

Improved engagement at home and school


“W4C has made me feel stronger. Now, I can express how I feel more openly.” – W4C Participant


96% reported feeling happier.

93% feel more confident.

94% feel more safe and have learnt to do new things like swim & surf.

83% calm down when they feel sad, angry or scared. 

“ Waves for Change taught me to be independent and have a hope for tomorrow. If I fall I know that I can rise again. Life is full of challenges, but I should not give up! ” – W4C Participant


72% of Caregivers/Parents reported improved school engagement in their child(ren).

Coaches reported 82% improvement in manners.

56% Decrease in levels of aggression.

73% of Caregivers/Parents reported improvement in school performance.


“A bonus for me of this project is the change in the attitude of the parents -parents are now positively asking their children ‘what are you doing?’ ‘when do you go to the beach?’; they are understanding their children better and that is a contributing factor to children’s change of mind set.”

Mr Gamiet, Principal at A.W. Barnes Primary School

Childhood to Adulthood Pathway.

Journal of Sport for Development: Insights on the funding landscape for monitoring, evaluation, and research in sport for development.

Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice: Surf Therapy Special Issue

W4C Attendance Tracking App

Consistent monitoring and analysis of attendance at W4C has helped us understand our programme and participants, measure and report on our reach and dosage, and respond in real time to attendance successes and challenges at an individual, class, and programme level. For more on our attendance tracking app click the button below.

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