Positive Youth Foundation runs a racquet sport session every Monday evening from 5pm till 7pm at Sidney Stringer Academy. The session is open to all abilities, ages and gender to participate in and liven up their first evening of the week. This week’s session did just that, aided by the brand new tennis court that was gifted by Tennis Foundation, becoming one of only ten organisations to have access to this court. The aim is to make tennis more accessible to everyone and break tennis stereotypes.
The session began with everyone getting involved in setting up the court, whether that was helping take out the court from the store cupboard, setting up the net or even taking the equipment out ready to get started as soon as the court was ready. The excitement and energy was clearly visible as before the court was rolled out, several participants had already reserved their spots, ensuring they don’t miss out on this one of a kind experience. Our sports coaches played a variety of games, from last man stands, doubles, triples and even an intense couple of rounds of foot-tennis which even got Community Support Officer, Naveen Madhas drawn into playing for some bragging rights and he lauded the weekly sessions by saying ‘it’s really good and positive, it’s a variety of different age groups and it keeps them off the streets and active’. The diversity and unity within the session is what stands out for him ‘there are all different people from different cultures together in one place’.
Mohammed, a participant expressed a few reasons as to why he came to our sessions every week ‘I really enjoy it because I get to play with my friends and it helps me improve in school P: E in sports I don’t normally play’. On being asked about the new court he replied ‘it’s really fun and good to play on!’. Another participant, Anthony, went on to say ‘it’s really cool and an easy way to play tennis’.
This new court has definitely proved in just its first session that the interaction with tennis aided by this piece of equipment will change and improve. One of the targets set out by the Tennis Foundation in making tennis more accessible is portrayed in Anthony’s response when asked what attracted him to come every week ‘you get to trial different sports at this session and new sports which I can’t do in other places’. This was the first week of using this court and we had a great response from participants, volunteers and coaches. The session is divided into playing tennis and badminton so if you fancy smashing a few aces and drop shots next week, feel free to come down and take part at Sidney Stringer Academy, every Monday from 5pm till 7pm.
We are looking for a creative individual to join our busy team to help us deliver on a number of young-people focused projects across the city of Coventry.
We are looking for someone with experience of delivering functional skills to young people who find themselves in challenging circumstances or outside of mainstream provision. This particular role will engage and support learners aged between approximately 14-21 years.
You will need the ability to multi-task, prioritise and manage your own workload with minimum supervision. Essential to the role is a passion and understanding of the relevant issues affecting young people, as well as a practical understanding of safeguarding structures within a local context.
A commitment to engage young people, from any background, in positive learning is vital. You will need the confidence to work with an array of professionals in order to support the PYF vision and objectives.
You will have excellent administrative skills including good numeracy and IT skills. Communication skills both written and verbally will need to be of a high standard, as will your organisational skills and attention to detail.
We meet the needs of young people by making our sessions accessible in every way; therefore you will need the flexibility to work at all times, including some evenings and weekends.
The deadline for applications is February 17th 2017. For an application pack or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the job description below.DOWNLOAD
A group of our young people took on the jobs of RSC staff, running their latest exhibition, ‘The Play’s The Thing’ for the day.
Our young people were taking part in Kids in Museums’ Takeover Day, a national initiative that’s focused on getting young people involved in all aspects of museums. Our young people have been working with The Royal Shakespeare Company to take on the roles of Exhibition Host, Collections Presenter and Evaluation Collecter for their latest exhibition, The Play’s The Thing.
Over the course of the morning, our team of young people introduced visitors to the exhibition, assisted with exhibits and even delivered information to the public about the items on display.
The team had attended several training sessions in anticipation of the day, being taught crucial skills such as how to handle exhibits (Some of which have been worn by the likes of David Tennant and Dame Judi Dench!) and interacting with the public. On the day, they were supported by RSC staff, but took the lead and gave visitors an experience they will never forget!
To learn more about The RSC’s The Play’s The Thing exhibition, follow this link.
The Positive Youth Foundation in Coventry has become one of the first organisations in the UK to receive a national ‘sport for development’ accreditation, in recognition of its success in helping vulnerable young people to change their lives for the better.
The social enterprise supports more than 2,000 young people a year through a range of sporting activities, from football and boxing to rock-climbing and surfing, as well as through music, education, training and other initiatives.
It is one of just three organisations that took part in a pilot of Quest Sport for Development: a new assessment aimed at agencies involved in sport for development (S4D) work.
The growing S4D sector is made up of organisations that use sport to achieve personal and social objectives, from improving physical and mental wellbeing and educational attainment to increasing community cohesion and civic engagement.
To achieve Quest Sport for Development accreditation, the Positive Youth Foundation – which was rated ‘Very Good’ by assessors – went through a rigorous evaluation process covering everything from the specifics of delivering S4D projects to partnerships and collaboration, people and skills development, community outcomes and continuous improvement.
Quest Sport for Development has been jointly developed by Substance, a leading research and technology company supporting government, charities and social businesses; and Quest, Sport England’s quality scheme for sport and leisure, which accredits more than 600 leisure centres across the UK.
Following the success of the pilot scheme, Quest Sport for Development is now being rolled out across the country.
Rashid Bhayat, founder and executive director of the Positive Youth Foundation, said: “We use many mediums to engage with young people, but sport is one of the most popular as it helps them to develop personal skills and raises aspirations.
“Sports programmes are also vital when working with young people who are either not in the education system or are disengaged. By using the power of sport to build trust and mutual respect, staff are able to guide young people towards sustainable learning programmes and employment opportunities.
“We signed up for Quest Sport for Development because it had become clear to us that having an accredited quality mark was essential if we were going to grow and develop our organisation.
“We are definitely stronger since we took part in the process, as all our staff are now well aware of the core ingredients that make us who we are – not least our cohesiveness as a team – as well as where we can improve.”
Neil Watson, director and head of programmes at Substance, said: “The Positive Youth Foundation demonstrated an impressive ability to engage and support young people living in the most deprived parts of Coventry through its excellent sport and activity programmes.
“It is an incredibly well-led organisation with well-qualified and motivated staff, many of whom are themselves former participants.
“This foundation is already at the forefront of the drive to use sport to improve lives and make communities safer and healthier places to live and work. Its early commitment to gaining Quest Sport for Development accreditation shows that it is focused on getting even better.”
Changing Trax is making a comeback.
On Sunday 22nd May, Changing Trax : Kick Start is hosting an open mic event at THE BOX at Fargo Village, open to all people who are aged 14 or above. The event aims to promote music-related opportunities to young people and Coventry as a whole.The event is free to enter and people who want to take part can sign up on the day. The event aims to start at 3PM and will run for an hour until 4PM, where any interested people can take part.
Upon entry, those attending will be given a raffle ticket which will be used to choose a winner for the 5 pairs of tickets to MTV Crashes Coventry that are on offer. The long-anticipated event will take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on the 27th and 28th of May, bringing with them some of the hottest acts in live music. In addition, Club MTV will showcase some of the best DJ’s around.
The event is being held in partnership with Fargo Village, Youth Music, Heritage Lottery Fund, What You Saying and the Coventry City of Culture.
Changing Trax will include a massive range of music-related opportunities. Details of upcoming events such as OpenMic Nights, Jamming sessions and other musical related workshops.
Our new Positive Young Thinkers group!
Here to give young people from Coventry a voice.
This group is a collective of regular and valued young people who attend a range of our PYF sessions,
passionate about making a difference within their local community.
We meet monthly to discuss local and national issues affecting young people, suggestions and ideas for PYF sessions
and for young people to be advocates for their peers, freely discussing and debating in a positive environment.
There is big things happening in the world of Positive Youth Foundation, for all of its staff and young people!
Be sure to keep an eye out on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates!
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Positive Youth Foundation will be having a short break over the Easter Holidays.
Community Sessions will be closed between Friday 3rd April (tomorrow) until Saturday 18th April.
The sessions that will NOT be on during this time are:
Foleshill Youth Club / HYPC Youth club / Boxing Academy / Dance Academy / Kickz AT7 / Saturday Football Academy / Saturday Cricket / On Target / Kickz Sidney Stringer
The first session back will be Saturday Football Academy on the Saturday 18th April at Sidney Stringer.
However in the second week of the holiday’s we will be holding our usual half term provision.
Our Easter Activity sessions, start on Monday 13th April – Friday 17th April : 11am-4pm each day.
Sessions are free of charge and are for children and young people from 8-18 years old.
Activities include: Sports, Dance, Art, Games.
Come down to the Sports Entrance at Sidney Stringer Academy to sign in.
See you there!
Wednesday 18th March marked National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.
CSE is a widespread issue within the country and affects people from all backgrounds and of all ages.
“The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children.” – Coventry City Council
Positive Youth Foundation partnered up with Coventry City Councils Intergrated Youth Support Service, Coventry/West Midlands Police and COV on a Helping Hands and See Me, Hear Me Campaign. Spreading awareness of CSE alongside making people think about how they can help people who need support showing this by writing a helpful hashtag on their hand and sharing it on social media.
For more information, support and guidance don’t hesitate to contact us at Positive Youth Foundation by clicking on the links to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at the top of the page.
What would your #hashtag read?
#helpinghands #seemehearme #CSE2015
Positive Youth Foundation will be closed for our Christmas shutdown from:
Friday 19th December – Monday 5th January
This means there will be NO sessions on between these dates.
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year for more exciting and fun sessions!
Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for any updates.