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Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Maths League

Funded on Spacehive 21 November 2019

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Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Maths League

Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Maths League

Maths Teams By Maths Teams

We are building a community maths league fostering intellectual ambition, grit and teamwork in local school children. Teens coach primary pupils for 10 weeks in preparation for a 3 week competition.

Hammersmith and Fulham Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 21 Nov 2019!

Our ultimate mission is to launch as many maths teams as there are football teams in the UK. When children practice and compete in logic puzzles, they spread the love of maths and academic achievement by representing their school just like the sports teams do. This is crucially important because maths underpins the skills children will need in a tech-led workplace. Your funding will allow us to buy all the equipment we need (see our box design picture, for example) to hold weekly practices run by secondary school students who act as brilliant role models. Ultimately we want to make maths as cool as football at schools. That means making it visible, including by having team t-shirts, that allow mathletes to go back to school and become role models to their younger peers. This local league is our first prototype. It's a real learning opportunity for us so that when we expand across the borough and eventually across the UK, we do so with our best foot forward.

What we'll deliver:

  • 10 weeks of 1 hour practises
  • maths puzzles curated by experts
  • three week competition
  • training for coaches and volunteering opportunities for students
  • building a pipeline of mentors and role models from year 1 to university
  • bespoke branded boxes for each team, including all equipment
  • visible markers such as sweatshirts and pins to create awareness among school peers
  • a program that can be replicated in other communities
  • most of our suppliers and volunteers are on a work break and looking to gain the confidence and skills to return to work

Why it's a great idea:

Maths teams nurtures children’s intellectual grit and ambition through puzzles, logic, teamwork and a good dose of fun. We want children to thrive in the tech-driven future they will inherit and to elevate the UK's position in science and the global economy. Maths teams will allow children to tackle very difficult problems using logic, teamwork and the Socratic method. The UK has a diversity problem in maths and STEM. There are too few girls and children from underprivileged backgrounds thriving in high-value careers. Without maths and logic, children lack the foundation to go beyond very basic coding, robbing them of a future potential. This project is just the start. We are building a pipeline of support from primary school, to secondary school, to university and employment, to close the big talent gap UK companies face.

Steps to get it done:

  • Creating curriculum
  • training coaches
  • inviting schools to create teams
  • running 10 weeks of weekly practices
  • creating competition
  • running competition

Location Hammersmith and Fulham

About the space

Local primary schools in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham


London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

How will the money be spent?Total £7,828

two thirds of competition pack costs - £2,000 (26%)
Competition question pack - £1,000 (13%)
Training, manuals and oversight - £680 (9%)
60 T-shirts for 40 team mates, 10 coaches and 10 deputy coaches - £600 (8%)
Coaches Pack (last year's invoice shows reduced price not poss this year) - £600 (8%)
10 Sweatshirts - £400 (5%)
Contents for teams (£40 x 10) - £400 (5%)
Branding design (secured reduced rate) - £400 (5%)
email costs - £266 (3%)
2 training sessions - £220 (3%)
Other - £1,262 (16%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

two thirds of competition pack costs
Competition question pack
Training, manuals and oversight
60 T-shirts for 40 team mates, 10 coaches and 10 deputy coaches
Coaches Pack (last year's invoice shows reduced price not poss this year)
10 Sweatshirts
Contents for teams (£40 x 10)
Branding design (secured reduced rate)
email costs
2 training sessions
Other Read More
  • Training Manual
  • Snacks for competition backpacks
  • Spacehive fees
  • website cost
  • Branded stickers for box and coaches bags
  • 4 storage boxes
  • pad locks for competition
  • Padlocks
  • Shipping of boxes
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We would spend the money on including a state secondary school in the coaching, training them and creating a buddy system between the schools' coaches. Any further money would be spent on further competitions and practices.

Total £7,828

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • We are looking for volunteers who are: - "maths lovers" and "maths goodness,-I-am-not-so-sure-about-thaters" - mucker-inners - jugglers - get-things-doners - thinkers - warriors/worriers - life-long learners Must be free Tuesdays 330-5

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