We believe that young people should be able to enjoy sport in their free-time, whatever their background, and that they should have the chance to pass their skills on to others in their community.
Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers
We’re working towards our goal by partnering with the national sports charity StreetGames, to open up volunteering opportunities through sport for young people in disadvantaged areas.
Our commitment is being used to train young volunteers, giving them the skills, knowledge and support to coach their peers in activities such as basketball, dance, football and martial arts.
We have partnered with StreetGames since 2007, and since then, our young volunteers have gained over 2,900 qualifications and accreditations.
Along with health and social benefits, the project promotes self-belief, self-responsibility and leadership.
The young volunteers are positive role models to other young people within their community, inspiring future generations of volunteers to be the best they can be through sport.
Many of the volunteers have used the skills they have gained to turn their own lives around – using the experience as a springboard into further education and training.
We have recently pledged to double our support to £2 million, to enable the young volunteers programme to continue in England and Wales, and expand into Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Case study: Abby Fixter
Since I started volunteering I’m much more confident. Before I became a Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteer, there was no way I’d lead anything on my own but now I lead sessions straight away. It’s given me a real sense of independence which I’ve developed by organising and coaching sessions myself. I’ve learnt so much.”
Abby was finishing her A-Levels when she joined Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers (CSYV) in Lincoln. Growing up on one of the most challenging estates in Lincolnshire, Abby was keen to avoid the negative stereotypes that this carried with it.
Through CSYV she found that not only could she change her life, but she could change others' lives too. The once quiet and shy girl now leads sessions in her local CSYV programme.
Her willingness to improve under the scheme has seen Abby gain an impressive 12 qualifications. Abby’s success and impact on the community was recognised when she was awarded the CSYV East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humberside Young Volunteer of the Year 2011.