23rd March 2016 - National Football Museum, Manchester

A brand new and imaginative initiative will offer young people from disadvantaged communities a chance to participate in sport, art, culture and technology.

Celebrating its 23rd birthday today, the Salford-based international charity and UN NGO Youth Charter can think of no better birthday present.

As Youth Charter Executive Chair, Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL, points out: “In an Olympic and Paralympic year, we are consistent with our aim to give Britain’s young people a proper legacy in line with the recommendations in our 2012 Games Legacy Report. It has never been more important to inspire this current generation to be both physically active and interactive.”

This forward thinking agency has teamed up with VST Enterprises, founders of ‘VCode’ a unique code that can map, track and measure way above and beyond any existing barcode.

‘Code4Youth’ will be piloted with the Youth Charter’s Community Campus programme. This legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games brings together leisure and recreational facilities to provide free access for young people to participate in sport, art, culture and technology.

‘Code4Youth’ will log participation and behavioural lifestyle trends for young people involved in this exciting and unique programme. This will provide tools, capacity skills for social coaches, quality assured participation and delivery within each of the facilities participating in each of the campuses. Above all, the innovative scheme helps to deliver the government’s sports strategy and the Northern Powerhouse skills agenda.

‘VST Enterprises is proud to announce its support of the Youth Charter in this major initiative. With the speed in which technology changes, the use of the VCode will empower the Youth Charter to log all areas of activity from participants and social coaches to the activities and facilities in use.’ Louis James Davis, Founder VCode

The Youth Charter will celebrate its 23rd Anniversary at the National Football Museum supported by In The City, a member based organisation with the aim of ‘Changing the World, one City at a Time’. Special guests include: Dame Sarah Storey DBE, Barney Storey, Shaun Goater, Marcus Adam and the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford.

Download the press release here.


9th March 2016 - Emirates Old Trafford

Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL, Executive Chair of the Youth Charter chaired the Why Sport Conference 2016 held at Emirates Old Trafford on March 9th. The event was designed to allow professionals and leaders to share experiences and ideas for increasing physical participation.

Further details on the conference can be found here.

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