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Youth Activators - sport project launched

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Published by Mark Sibson for Grand Union Housing Group in Housing

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Andrea Leadsom MP has officially launched an exciting new project aimed at opening up more sporting opportunities to young people.

The project is a partnership between South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), South Northants Homes and the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs.

Becky Pavey, Community Development Manager for SNH, said: “This is going to be a really valuable project which will inspire young people to get involved in sport and channel their energies into really positive activities.

“We were successful in securing the funding as they were particular impressed with our plans to work as a partnership to roll the project out in rural areas.”

Councillor Rosie Herring, portfolio for community engagement and wellbeing, said, “We are delighted that Andrea Leadsom MP could join us to officially launch the Youth Activators project, an exciting new development that will make a big difference to young people in South Northants.”

The event also included the presentation of a cheque for £82,773 from Sport England by Chris Perks, Director Local Relationships, and an opportunity to see a Youth Activator session being delivered.

The launch event at Brackley Leisure Centre was also attended by the Chairman of the Council, Councillor David Harries, the Mayor of Brackley Councillor Peter Rawlinson, and the Director of Northamptonshire Sport Chris Holmes.

Phil Houston, NAYC Youth Development Director, said: “This project is a great way of supporting young people living in rural communities.  Both volunteers and young people can benefit from the programme by getting involved, as well as the fun elements it will encourage people to stay fit and healthy. Free training is included to develop coaching and life skills to ensure young people continue to participate in sport and other positive activities. We welcome working together as a partnership to make this exciting new project a lasting success.”

The Youth Activators project will run for three years and will deliver free, informal sporting sessions in a range of local community settings for young people aged 14 -19. In addition, the project will assist young people and community volunteers - youth leaders and sports club members - to gain qualifications and to develop their self-esteem and confidence.

The scheme, which is one of 36 projects to receive a share of £5.9 million of funding, has recruited two ‘youth activator’ posts which will be vital in driving the project forward across the community.

The free sessions, which will be taking part in local communities across the South Northants region, are aimed at young people aged 14 to 19.

Taking inspiration from last year’s hugely successful London Olympic Games, it is hoped this three year project will inspire a generation, teaching people sporting skills that they don’t often get in schools, especially in rural areas.

Youth Activators is a multi-agent partnership that also involves the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs and the Community Safer Partnership.

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