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Y Sports Programme officially launched

Article date - 15 February 2018

Following a successful bid from YMCA St Helens - with support from St Helens Sports Development - a total of £674,935 has been awarded to organise and deliver a youth sports engagement programme over the next three years.
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Funded by the Big Lottery and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, The ‘Y Sports’ programme will engage with 50,000 young people aged 10 to 18 years and offer a minimum of 20 free weekly sports and physical activity sessions, holiday programmes and sessions for young people with additional needs.

There will also be an opportunity to access projects organised by the Saints Community Foundation, and as the programme develops, there will be six apprenticeship opportunities in years two and three.

At the official launch at Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium yesterday (14 February), stakeholders from across St Helens were given the opportunity to hear about the development of Y Sports, while hundreds of young people met members of the Saints first team, and enjoyed a free day of fantastic sports with dedicated coaches.

Dr Justin Hill – Chief Executive of YMCA St Helens - said: 

"We are looking forward to delivering the Y Sports programme and everybody had a fantastic time at the launch event, especially the young people involved with the programme.

"As Y Sports goes from strength to strength, we will see more young people engaging in sports and physical activity with all the benefits this brings – from improved health to better education and life chances.”

Cllr Sue Murphy –cabinet member for libraries and leisure said:

“It is great to see sports development, who have a proven track record for successfully securing external funding, involved in the application process and the organisation and delivery of the programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people across the borough to engage in these free sessions and participate in a safe environment”.

For more information and updates on the Youth Sports Engagement Programme, visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/culture-sport-leisure/sports-development/ or ‘like’ and ‘follow’ YMCA St Helens and St Helens Sports Development on social media.


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