The Youth Sport Trust is proud to be a delivery partner for Get Set for Community Action, a new UK-wide programme created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. Get Set for Community Action will support teams of thousands of 14-19 year olds working with local community groups, to plan and run projects which help to make their communities healthier and more active places in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Youth Sport Trust will be working with a cohort of 100 Champion Schools to lead community clusters, involving a network of local schools and community partners. Teams at these Champion Schools will be trained to become beacons of best practice.
Young people are encouraged to use the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements to shape their projects. These might include clearing a local garden, running a Rio-inspired picnic for younger children or organising a sport taster session for older people.
Will Roberts, Youth Sport Trust Assistant Director - Programmes, said: "The Youth Sport Trust is proud to be involved in Get Set for Community Action, working with 100 schools to get more young people involved in sport, physical activity and their local community. Get Set for Community Action will provide leadership opportunities for thousands of young people across the country, thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund."
Jan Paterson, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Foundation said:"It's great to see the Get Set programme continue to offer empowering and engaging opportunities for young people and their communities. Get Set for Community Action is a dynamic and creative way to improve life skills as well as staying active and the British Olympic Foundation is incredibly proud to be part of a programme which is so supportive of the Olympic Movement and its values."
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said:"This is another excellent example of the way in which the Get Set programme has a tremendously positive impact on communities. It is wonderful to see young people embracing the Paralympic values and creating a wide range of projects through which they can engage their local community. At the British Paralympic Association we are very proud to play our part in delivering this programme to young people across the country."
Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said:"We are proud to fund Get Set for Community Action which will see young people across the UK strengthen relationships with their communities by delivering activities inspired by the Rio 2016 Games. Young people will work together to plan projects to help communities stay active and healthy, gaining personal skills that will stand them in good stead for the future."
Get Set for Community Action is part of the Get Set programme.Research conducted by EdComs showed a marked development both in the life skills of the young people involved inpreviousGet Setcommunity initiativesand the way they are perceived within their communities.
- The majority of young people reported that their involvement in Get Set had a positive impact and developed their life skills: leadership (84%); working as part of a team (81%) and meeting new people (82%).Young people who did not participate in the programme were also interviewed and far fewer agreed they had skills in these areas.
- 79% said their confidence and self-esteemrosethrough organising Get Set activities in their communities.
- 80% of young people agreed that Get Set has inspired them to get involved in other community activities.
To find out more about Get Set for Community Action visit www.getsetaction.org.uk.