Launched today, our Youth Work in Sport microsite offers practical advice and information for organisations using sport/physical activity to engage and retain hard to reach young people.
Based on the experiences of the 11 community sports organisations across Scotland who helped to deliver Youth Work in Sport, a five-year partnership programme between The Robertson Trust, The Rank Foundation and YMCA George Williams College, the microsite is split into six sections which:
- give details of the purpose of the programme
- assess the impact of the programme based on the findings from the external evaluation by Substance, an independent research organisation
- provide practical advice and real-life examples about what works and the challenges faced when trying to engage hard to reach young people with sport and physical activity
- offer relevant case study interviews from programme partners
- signpost to other relevant resources for organisations looking for advice on where to turn to next
- provide details about each of the partners involved in the programme
Youth Work in Sport was developed in response to the feedback The Robertson Trust was receiving from sporting partners, who often found it challenging to engage and retain hard to reach young people in their activity. At the time, we were also hearing anecdotally of the barriers that young people sometimes experienced if they did try to access sports provision in their communities. We wanted to understand whether there were approaches that might make it easier for organisations to connect with and engage young people in sporting activity, and to look at what the benefits of this might be for both the organisation and the young people involved.
The programme funded eleven community sports organisations across Scotland to recruit a young person from within their community as a trainee youth worker, with the aim of testing 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. At the same time, 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 organisations.
You can find out more about the programme's impact in the microsite and a series of blogs will also accompany the launch. Please visit our website or follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with these.