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Changing young people’s lives through sport and physical activity - What works?

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Sports and physical activity can be transformative tools to engage with and bring about positive changes for young people in our communities. But how do you build lasting, positive relationships with young people and move beyond engaging the usual suspects?

This best practice guide provides some advice about effective approaches, based on learning from Youth Work in Sport, a partnership programme with 13 community sports organisations across Scotland. These 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.

The learning in the guide summarises the learning contained in the Youth Work in Sport microsite, which also includes case studies and practical examples.


Engaging_Young_People_With_Sport_-_What_Works (pdf - 3 MB)