Youth Work in Sport aimed to create a better understanding of what works when using sport to engage young people, particularly those considered ‘hard to reach’. It was also hoped that the programme would provide practical learning for other organisations seeking to deliver this kind of work.
Through the programme, 13 community sports organisations were funded to recruit a young person as a trainee youth worker from within their community. The trainees studied part time for a youth work qualification through YMCA George Williams College and were then supported to put their new found skills into practice within their host organisation.
By investing in organisations using sport as a delivery tool within their communities, the aim was to test whether, in adopting this approach, these organisations would be supported in their ability to engage with and support positive outcomes for harder to reach young people.