YOYO Sport will be offering sporting sessions across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield every night of the week.

The initiative is a collaboration between the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, the five South Yorkshire professional football clubs and The Premier League.

The football club’s community sports trust will offer young people from the age of 10-years to 19-years the opportunity to take part in football and sports sessions in their local communities.  The sessions will offer young people a healthy activity to participate in on an evening and the opportunity to engage with trusted adults.

In addition to the sports sessions, the community sports trusts will provide a number of workshops covering some of the complex issues that young people face.  These workshops will be universal for the participants and cover topics such as child criminal exploitation, domestic abuse, alcohol and drugs misuse and on-line safety.  All of these topics will be available to help the young people make positive choices when faced with decisions now or later in life.

YOYO stands for You’re Only Young Once and is in its second phase after a successful schools initiative produced over 200 podcasts and videos.  The media content is available for the YOYO Sport participants to watch and listen to in the workshops and on the YouTube Channel.  The content will also be streamed through the YOYO Sport social media platforms adding another element to the subliminal peer-to-peer advice and support.

Participants to the YOYO Sport sessions can expect to be involved in lots of fun, tournaments, player visits and the opportunity to win free tickets to go along and watch their local teams play in a league fixture.