The month of January saw the on going development of the Sport England funded Community Campuses in East Manchester and Hulme and Moss Side. The Community Activation Fund now in its second year will aim to recruit 60 Social Coaches, develop an interactive digital passport, Code4Youth and deliver a physical activity offer to 1,000 young people in the respective areas. A consortia of agencies has now been brought together to deliver this exciting project and programme of work, as outlined in the info-graphic below.



The Community Campus project saw an exciting development beyond the Greater Manchester boundaries to a wider national transferable young people and community legacy benefit.

Heath Town in Wolverhampton has engaged with the Black Country Partnership in an exciting first phase development and delivery of the Community Campus with another stakeholder consortia aiming to deliver a similar offer to the Manchester Campuses, including:

The Youth Charter also enjoyed a visit at the offices HQ at Salford Quays from the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Cllr Peter Dobbs, Mayoress Claire McCourt and Consort, Alan Davies. Executive Chair, Geoff Thompson gave the background and introduction to the work of the agency and the Mayor expressed his interest in assisting our work going forward.


The month of March was an important culmination of the first quarter of the year. The signature events were the Why Sport Conference, hosted at the Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford, with Executive Chair, Geoff Thompson chairing the morning session of the conference and presenting the Community Campuses as a legacy opportunity for all.

The Youth Charter joined a host African leaders and luminaries for the launch of the Africa10 leadership programme in London. Africa10 (A10) promotes social and grassroots development of young people through the transformative power of sport.

The 23rd March saw the Youth Charter celebrate its 23rd Anniversary at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Co-hosted by ‘In The City’, the Youth Charter presented to an invited audience its Community Campus proposals and the Corporate Social Investment potential for a skills based employability and enterprise sustainable offer to the young people and communities of Manchester and beyond. Speaking on behalf of the Youth Charter were Executive Chair Geoff Thompson and Manchester Chamber CEO, Clive Memmott.

Youth Charter Chair of Trustees, David Allen attended and was joined by Trustees Richard Callicott and Gouy Hamilton Fisher. A special tribute was contributed by Youth Charter Vice President and Multi-medalled Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey. Further special guests to attend this event were Summer and Winter Olympian, Marcus Adam and the Youth Charter Social Professional from our South Africa Desk, Sipho Tshabalala.



The month of April saw all things continued in its development with an emphasis on our global programmes of work. The International Day for Sport for Development of Peace (IDSDP) saw the Youth Charter produce a IDSDP survey looking at the issues surrounding the Sport for Development and Peace movement.


The Youth Charter also hosted a Dutch delegation from Hans University who were able to tour the Birley Community Campus facilities in East Manchester and visit the Youth Charter office for a briefing and presentation of our work.

By invitation of the Black Country Partnership in Wolverhampton following our work on the Heath Town Community Campus, the Youth Charter was invited to present to a Norweigan delegation in the Midlands. The delegation was extremely interested in the Community Campus offer as part of the 2016 Junior Olympic legacy considerations.



In May, YC Chair and Founder, Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL, was named in Top 100 BAME Leaders for Sport Development and Politics work over 25 years.


The Youth Charter attended the ‘Volunteering in the Current Landscape’ conference at the Manchester Metropolitan University and presented the Community Campus and Social Coach Leadership Programme. Executive Chair, Geoff Thompson then held a Q&A session and summarised the conference.

The Youth Charter also reconnected with the UTC@MediaCityUK where we are aiming to forge links with our technical programmes of work with the young students.

The Youth Charter hosted former Liverpool FC Chief Executive and former head of the Premier League, Rick Parry, to discuss the potential social impact of soccer locally, nationally and internationally.

The month culminated with a meeting at the University of Bolton to discuss the Social Coach Leadership Programme and its potential to assist student leadership resilience and the University’s improved links with the wider community. 


The month of June started on an extremely sad note with the passing of Muhammad ‘The Greatest’ Ali. The Youth Charter has worked with the Muhammad Ali Center and Institute for the past ten years developing our international programme of work.

June 16th ‘Youth Day’ marked a special day in the Youth Charter journey in the Republic of South Africa, and was also the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Youth Charter in Johannesburg. 20 years on, a remarkable journey of achievements and milestones realised. The Youth Charter South Africa ‘12’ Report represents many projects, programmes and individual successes of the Youth Charter spirit including Youth Charter South Africa Social Professional Sipho Tshabalala.



In July, an interview with the Nubian Times saw Youth Charter Executive Chair discuss his Ambitions for Change for the UK’s multi-cultural and diverse youth and communities.



A Black Lives Matter march was held in Manchester with Executive Chair, Geoff Thompson, delivering a speech to a multi-cultural and diverse crowd in Alexandra Park. The march marked the fifth anniversary of the shooting of Mark Duggan that led to riots in London, Manchester and Salford and other English cities in 2011, a year before the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games the Youth Charter began its Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Participation analysis of Team GB. This analysis will form a central part of the YC 2016 Games Legacy Impact (GLI) Report.

The YC 2016 GLI Report is a four-year (2012 to 2016) review of the social and human development legacy activity with young people and communities locally, nationally and internationally. The YC 2016 GLI Report is our four-year analysis from the YC 2012 Games Legacy Report.


This research provides the supporting evidence for the Youth Charter Community Campuses and Social Coach Leadership 

Programme which are our key Legacy Impact recommendations from these reports.



As the new school year started, so another busy month and autumn began for the Youth Charter, starting with an interview with young volunteers with the Uprising in Manchester leadership programme. This was delivered with partners from the Birley Community Campus.


This was followed by contributions to several events and conferences, including:

  1. Why Sport The Future of Sport Employment, Skills and Apprenticeships conference in Wolverhampton

  2. Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky

  3. Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester


The Future of Sport conference was brokered and supported by the Youth Charter with Active Black Country and Why Sport delivering the event.

The Youth Charter was invited to attend the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards 2016 by the Muhammad Ali Centre. The event was poignant reminder of the incredible legacy left by Muhammad Ali, with the Youth Charter provided the responsibility for his legacy in the United Kingdom.

The Youth Charter continued its annual contribution to the Soccerex Global Convention which we first attended in 1998 and at which we launched the Youth Charter ‘21’ Soccerwise Report in 2014.



Another busy month for the Youth Charter started with the University of Salford Careers Fair and the Why Sport Investment in Sport & Activity at MUFC OId Trafford stadium.


The Youth Charter’s four-year Games Legacy consultation culminated in the Games Legacy debate at UTC@MediaCityUK on Friday 21st October. The debate was hosted by the Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, and was delivered in partnership with the University of Salford. Pupils and students from UTC@MediaCityUK were supported by the Youth Charter in the planning and delivery of the debate. A further seven schools and colleges participated in the debate. Prior to the delivery of the debate a Youth Charter 2016 Games Legacy Debate Survey was completed by 863 pupils and students from 10 schools, colleges and university from the North West of England.

As part of our Muhammad Ali Legacy work in the Youth Charter took part in the Youth OnSolid Ground life and tribute to Muhammad Ali event in Manchester. The Youth Charter also participated in the Windsor Consultation where the Youth

Charter Community Campus Model was presented and discussed within in the context of our forthcoming Youth Charter ‘25’ United Nations Report.



In November, the Youth Charter’s delivered a contribution to the Let’s Talk Youth conference hosted by Trafford Youth Cabinet, where our #legacyopportunity4all campaign was presented and the Rhyan Wilson inspired Trafford Youth Trust.

A Community Campus engagement consultation day with Advisory Board member Lynne Wilson and Trustee, Louise Barlow hosting a multi-agency stakeholder consultation in North Wales, on 25th November.

The month of November culminated with a 'Faces in the Crowd - an Evening with Lemn Sissay' event at Chuck Gallery, Manchester. Lemn Sissay, poet laureate and Chancellor of University of Manchester and Youth Charter Vice-President was

able to share his unique journey with the Faces in the Crowd Gallery exhibited in the specially names youth and community ‘Lemn Sissay Room’.



A visit by Sport England saw our lead funding partner discuss our Community Sport Activation Funded Etihad and Birley Community Campus project. The Youth Charter’s year culminated in its contribution to the DFID Sport for development and peace round table meeting, hosted by Lord Bates.

During the month of December Youth Charter supported Combatwise Sportivate sessions were delivered by Ho Shin Do and Jubilee Church as part of the Birley Community Campus.



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Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

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