January to March
The first three months of the year saw the agency begin with a Trustee meeting which discussed the strategic implementation and delivery of projects and programmes with our proposed collaborations and partnerships for the year ahead.
Meetings were held with various agencies and individuals to discuss the Youth Charter’s development of our Community Campus and Social Coach Leadership Programme taking the Sport England Community Sports Activation Fund into our Birley and Etihad campuses.
A youth group from the Oasis Academy were hosted at the Youth Charter HQ in response to their wish to develop, organise and run a physical activity lifestyle and wellbeing Fun Run around Salford Quays, Media City.
Executive Chair, Geoff Thompson delivered the YC Social Coach Leadership Programme to Community Soccer coaches at the Future Champions Soccer Tournament held in Johannesburg South Africa. International Teams from all over the world gathered at this annual tournament and cultural heritage experience where U17 champions of the future trained together and competed against each other.
The Youth Charter also presented at the Community Campus proposals at the APSE seminar at MUFC and also at the 3rd Annual Future of Education and Technology Conference at Salford University.
April to June
This quarter saw the 2nd Trustee meeting take place in London followed by a meeting with Education Qualification provider, Pearsons to discuss the accreditation of our Social Coaches through the Social Coach Leadership Programme.
Executive Chair, Geoff Thompson conducted an assembly at the Oasis Academy to engage, motive and inspire the students into becoming more active in the classroom, the playground and beyond the school gate and become involved with the student led fun run.
In May the Youth Charter presented at the Wolverhampton University Sports Awards, amongst an array of past, present and future stars of sport.
Also this month Soccer superstar Patrick Vieira came on board as a Youth Charter ambassador to assist with our Soccerwise programme.
June saw the Youth Charter in Northern Ireland as part of the StriveNI programme. Geoff Thompson visited various communities in the Province and met with multi agency stakeholders to present the YC Community Campus proposals.
July to September
The summer months also kept us busy. Firstly with the unexpected yet welcome visit of one of our founding youth ambassadors, Adesuwa McCalla. Adesuwa had travelled an amazing journey from the Youth Charter’s ‘Spirit of the Streets of Los Angeles’ to a placement at the Youth Charter to Howard University in the USA to becoming the CEO of her own media production company Metamorphic Entertainment in Hollywood.
A group of young people from Trafford as friends of the late Rhyan Wilson who lost his life trying to assist his friend, came together to meet at the Urmston Cricket and Tennis club in Urmston to discuss a potential festival in the name of Rhyan and the many other young people who had lost their lives in recent years. The project is looking to take place next summer.
The Youth Charter presented at the ESDN conference on Sport and Physical Activity Intervention in Leeds with Executive Chair giving a keynote speech.
The agency also delivered a submission to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘A New Strategy for Sport: Consultation Paper’.
In September we participated at the Soccerex Global Convention at Manchester Central where agencies and individuals involved in the beautiful game come together to discuss and debate the future of football. Youth Charter Executive Chair, Geoff Thompson, launched the Code 4 Youth and was interviewed by Hawksby and Jacobs of Talk Radio and the agency’s work with the Soccerex Team celebrating their 20th year.
We also celebrated and noted our Chair of Trustees, David Allen’s 70th birthday.
October to December
October saw the 70th anniversary of the Pan African movement where the Youth Charter contributed to the Youth and Community engagement theme from a local, national and international perspective reflected in the agency’s work within the African continent and within the African Diaspora in the local regional and national communities that make up the UK.
The Youth Charter held its Annual General Meeting and third Trustee meeting of 2015 at The Landing, Media City.
In November the Youth Charter brought together the stakeholder partners within our Social Coach Leadership Programme for a workshop, held at the National Cycling Centre. Potential Social Coaches and key agencies worked through the programme for the first Community Campuses at Etihad and Birley and discussed taking the programme forward in achieving a more active youth participation locally.
‘In the City’ was launched in December with the help and assistance of the Youth Charter. The aim of the agency is to bring its members together to help them grow their businesses, to support aspiring entrepreneurs and global good causes.