Youth Development & Activity Fund Launch
Posted: Thu, 20 May 2021 14:25
The Youth Development & Activity Fund is replacing Sport Birmingham's Satellite Clubs programme; with the same ambition to have a clear youth voice driving the design of each funded project, but now reaching a broader age range of 11- to 25-year-olds.
What has changed?
Sport Birmingham are looking at the opportunities we can take from the year 2020 and the Coronavirus pandemic, with plenty of learning having taken place and plenty more to come. Therefore, we are heading into the next 12months with an appetite for change and development. We are using this next year to try new ways of working and adapting to the need of the different young communities living in our city; And our first development is refocussing our target age groups, expanding from the 14–19-year-old age range, to 11-25 years.
This will be focussed into three separate age brackets with an emphasis on delivering provision appropriate to the needs and interests of the age group. It is important we still see the youth voice included in the planning of any club and an interest from the young people to engage in any proposed activity.
What will a Youth Development & Activity Funded club look like? Please note, when we use the term 'club', this includes projects, groups, sport & community clubs, as well as other similar titles, recognising the individual preference of the deliverer and their participants.
YDA funded projects are locally based clubs, delivering sport or physical activity alongside support, training, or mentoring, designed around the needs of local young people who may be physically or socially inactive, disengaging or at risk of disengagement, or experiencing any number of barriers in accessing opportunities or 'joining in'.
YDA clubs will provide young people with positive, enjoyable experiences which make it easier for them to become active and to encourage development of more regular activity in their day to day. A club should be designed to help shape the way in which existing sport and physical activity providers tailor their offer to meet the different motivations and needs of young people, particularly those who are less active/engaged, or at risk of becoming so. Understanding what is important to the young people and where their interests lie, is the first step in developing a YDA club.
Considering the varying needs of young people, a YDA project does not have to be all about the physical activity, as long as there is an element of it included alongside continuing encouragement for young people to understand the benefits of physical activity on their health and wellbeing. A club should also focus on giving the young people a voice, aiding them with their mental health and creating a safe environment for them to socialise and to express themselves through other means and different ways of moving.
How are the three age brackets broken up and what are the provision requirements for them?
- 11–14-year-olds – We would expect a club/project's provision to deliver desired sport or physical activity with the focus to continually be engaging and reaching those who may be inactive, lacking access to opportunity, come under a protected characteristic/ diverse demographic or are experiencing ill mental health. We would also like to see a recognition of support required within this age group for those possibly struggling with transition from primary education into secondary.
- 14–16-year-olds – As above with the 11-14 age group we would want to see desired activity provision along with increased support in the shape of mentoring, youth discussion/youth council and a key focus on mental health support, particularly around managing exam stress, home/personal stress, self-esteem etc. With clear links into how sport and physical activity can help with health and wellbeing.
- 16-25 year olds – As well as the other stated provision above, we would like to see opportunities opening up for this age group to learn skills through volunteering with the club, accessing training and developing themselves in a trusted, safe environment; feeding their skills back into the club/project and using sport and physical activity provision as a means to improve resilience and transferrable skills which can help them in making future choices and/or gaining future employment or re-accessing education.
What support can Sport Birmingham provide to meet these requirements?
Sport Birmingham will work closely with projects/clubs, gaining a good understanding of how they already operate and the resources they have in place. This will inform the offer of support and collaboration Sport Birmingham can provide; with a wide range of opportunities for a project/club to utilise, gain from and feed into, we will look to help a project/club expand their offer to their young people where needed.
A few Sport Birmingham opportunities readily available for a YDA funded club/project to access include:
1. Roots to Success:
This project is aimed at supporting 16–25-year-olds who are at risk of current and future unemployment or education drop off. By providing opportunities to gain skills and confidence we will aid them in future job seeking and day to day life.
The Roots to Success programme depends upon those working directly with the young people, to facilitate the learning by supporting delivery. We recognise that young learners respond better when being mentored by someone they have a professional, trusting relationship with. Through Roots to Success these young people can gain training, specific to boosting their resilience and transferrable skills with the opportunity to then put these into practice in a physical activity setting.
The learning provided will help the young person recognise the skills they already have and where they can build on these and gain new ones. They will go on to have the opportunity to volunteer with trusted partners, gaining work experience appropriate to their interests.
There will also be training provided through other partnering organisations, however all will be applicable to the young people and their needs.
The project follows a 'train the trainer' model by upskilling those interested in delivering the Resilience and Transferrable skills learning to the young people or person they are supporting. We will be working with organisations, groups, and clubs within the local community to be a part of the programme. Upskilling them to be young volunteer ready, providing opportunities for the young people to gain new experiences and to put their learning into practice.
2. Educare for Sport Training Package:
Sport Birmingham offer a package of CPD Certified training opportunities with online provider Educare for Sport. Whether you are a coach looking to refresh your knowledge, a volunteer preparing for a new opportunity, or a club / community organisation wanting to upskill your workforce, there is something for everyone. With a choice of 18 courses including Child Protection, Mental Wellbeing in Sport & Physical Activity, as well as Online Safety and Practical GDPR, the EduCare package is a one stop shop!
EduCare for Sport is a high-quality online learning service for the Sport and Leisure sector. It is designed to ensure that staff, members, and volunteers can always be up to date on key duty of care practices to help maintain a safe environment. The service is designed to support the whole sports and community sector, including individual sport clubs, coaches, National Governing Bodies, community organisations, fitness centres, gyms, and leisure trusts.
It is not compulsory to complete all the courses, as the package is designed so that the learner can pick the most relevant topics to them. Courses can be revisited and completed over a period, please note each purchased licence is currently accessible until 2/7/2021.
A YDA funded project has the option of accessing up to 3 Educare licences as a part of their funding agreement with Sport Birmingham, as long as there is interest and dedication from the individuals put forward to use them*.
*Your YDA funding offer may stipulate that certain courses are covered and completed by a certain role(s) within your workforce.
3. Skills360 Diagnostic:
The Skills360 Diagnostic is a process carried out by Sport Birmingham, when first working with a club, organisation, or community group, to determine where and what support they could be provided. An Organisation Lead, Head Coach or equivalent, initially complete a survey of questions about their organisation and workforce, based upon UK Coaching's Duty to Care (Safeguarding, Inclusion, Diversity, Wellbeing & Mental Health). Also included are questions around resilience and transferrable skills and the audiences they engage with.
Once completed, further, more detailed conversations are held to generate discussion around the answers given and to better identify where Sport Birmingham can support, and identify areas of need e.g., in training, networking, up-skilling, or project links.
Once this information is gathered the club, organisation or group will receive a Skills360 Diagnostic Summary. This is a brief document which collates all the survey findings and scores; presented back to the club highlighting areas of development need. This is a useful document for an organisation to keep and use when developing as a club and can be compared to further on in time; 6 months/12 months down the line progression can be gauged and reflected upon, with support from Sport Birmingham.
4. Learning & Networking Sessions:
The sport & physically activity sector has been greatly affected by COVID-19 and has called on adaptations to ways of working and everyday life. Due to the changing rules and regulations we wanted to provide regular contact for Birmingham clubs, groups, and organisations to learn from each other's experiences and provide a network of support.
Sport Birmingham have been delivering a series of online learning and networking events, focussing on different topics, applicable to the needs and trends of the sector and their return to delivery.
These sessions have been useful not only for those attending, learning, and sharing, but also for Sport Birmingham being able to stay connected and informed in how best to serve the city and those living and working in it.
These sessions vary, some delivered with an open invite and others more tailored to its audience. Sport Birmingham are looking to provide this networking space for YDAF projects, to be able to share and network with each other; working with similar audiences and delivering similar programmes will not mean similar delivery and response, therefore this will be a space where those differences can be learned from.
For any further information please contact Alice Trevallion at Alice.Trevallion@sportbirmingham.org