YMCA St Helens announced the official launch of the Y Sports Programme on Wednesday 14th February 2018 at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens.
Y Sports is funded through the Youth Investment Fund by the Big Lottery and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and YMCA St Helens is proud to deliver the programme in partnership with Saints Community Development Foundation and St Helens Sports Development.
The 3 year Y Sports programme is aimed at young people aged 10 to 18 and will offer a minimum of 20 FREE weekly sports and physical activity sessions, holiday programmes and
sessions aimed at young people with additional needs. There will also be an opportunity to
access projects and sessions organised by delivery partner the Saints Community Foundation.
The programme will engage with over 50,000 young people, and qualify 45 young people to
deliver Sports and Physical Activity. Additionally, as the programme develops there will be 6
apprenticeship opportunities in years 2 & 3.
The launch event provides the opportunity for stakeholders from across St Helens to hear
about the development of Y Sports while also providing young people with the chance to visit
the St Helens RLFC stadium, meet members of the first team squad and enjoy a free day of
Dr Justin Hill – Chief Executive, YMCA St Helens said, “We are looking forward to the Y Sports
Launch, it should be a fantastic day for everybody, 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”.