The Youth Charter’s 22nd Anniversary year, saw the agency continue its 2012 legacy restructuring to reflect the transition development of the social, cultural and economic challenges and opportunities facing the sport for development and peace movement.
In a year that has reflected one of the busiest to date, the Youth Charter programmes and projects of work saw a number of landmark reports continue to pioneer an aspiration and inspiration of hope locally, nationally and internationally.
The HAN University delegates were introduced to the Community Campus Models currently being developed in Greater Manchester (Birley, Etihad, ICZ Media City) how ‘Community Development through Sport’and ‘Sport Development in the Community’ becomes part of a wider social and economic opportunity of sport, art, culture and digital technology within their communities.
The role of the social coach is to be a mentor and facilitator – a guide and role model – for young people in the community through participation in sport or other social agencies. Their individual experiences and qualifications may vary but each will have in common self-awareness, knowledge of life-skills, personal attributes and values, which they bring to the role.
There is growing evidence that educational non attainment,alienation, disaffection and the resulting social exclusion can lead to an anti social gang related youth culture that is criminally gangsterised as well as radicalised in its behaviour. This has an adverse impact not only on the social and economic well-being of a community, city and nation, but also a wider affect on the social and cultural cohesion of the nation as a whole.The Youth Charter is calling for a more inclusive society with opportunities for all, where young people are valued notstigmatised or marginalised. The greatest opportunity of promoting the benefits of 21st century citizenship, rights,responsibilities, multiculturalism and a healthy and active life style, through a diverse and socially inclusive medium that promotes a positive feeling of self worth and contribution to the wider community lies within the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
I am delighted to introduce the Youth Select Committee Report on A Curriculum for Life,produced by the British Youth Council with supportfrom the House of Commons.
I believe that it is extremely important for young people to have the opportunity to participate directly in the consideration of issues that affect them. As Speaker I met with the young people involved in running the Committee and I was most impressed with their dedication to ensuring a fair and full examination of life skills education inschools.I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of this report and recommendations.
Mr Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP
The Youth Charter ‘25’ Healthwise submission to the WHO Global Action Plan for Physical Activity 2017 to 2021, builds on our 25 Years of campaigning,advocating and brokering Sport, Arts, Culture and now Digital Technology opportunities to support the Social and Human Development of youth and communities.
Regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases(NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. It also helps to prevent hypertension, overweight and obesity and can improve mental health, quality of life and well-being.In addition to the multiple health benefits of physical activity, societies that are more active can generate additional returns on investment including a reduced use of fossil fuels, cleaner air and less congested, safer roads. These out comes are interconnected with achieving the shared goals, political priorities and ambition of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.1
This is the first of two reports from the All-Party Parliamentary Commission on Physical Activity, which was set up in 2013. Here we set out the scale and scope of the problem,mapping out the specific areas in which we need to work for change. In the second report we will make some tangible suggestions on how we can begin to tackle this epidemic.We are not starting from zero. The legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provides a platform and momentum to make critical progress and the 2014 Common wealth Games will give further impetus this summer
The hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was an outstanding success. The Games exceeded expectations and confounded sceptics by giving the world a spectacular example of what the United Kingdom is capable of doing, delivering a major event to time and to budget.
The success of the Games is a credit to the organisations involved, particularly LOCOG, the ODA and the BOA. As well as showcasing the UK’s professionalism and expertise to the world, the experience of the Games should convince the UK of the value of holding such events in future.
Good quality school sport is important: it can deliver improved education, health and social outcomes for the nation and for individuals. School is the one place where everybody gets the opportunity to play sport and take part in physical activity and, as such, has an important role in the development of a lifelong sporting habit.