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About Us


The Pedro Club offers all children and young adults within the borough a safe haven where they can enjoy sport and progress amongst their peers.

Established in 1929 by Baroness Harwood the Pedro Club was revived in the 1960’s with the support of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who served as a patron up until her death in March 2011.

Today the Hackney based club remains as one of the oldest functioning youth clubs in London.

James Cook a local resident and former British Super-Middleweight Champion, was alerted to the plight of the Pedro Club and set about organising a rescue programme. A new management committee was formed and due to their arduous efforts the club reopened in 2003.

In June 2007 James Cook was awarded an MBE within the Queen’s Honours List for Services to Youth Justice in the borough of Hackney.

Today James sits at the helm and volunteers the majority of his time to the club, also acting as Treasurer, Coach and Mentor.