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Initiative details

Reduction type

Primary prevention


Area

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, South Yorkshire


Purpose

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.  The sessions are currently postponed due to Covid-19, but will start once government guidance allows and it is safe to do so.

Quick summary

The five South Yorkshire Professional Football Clubs Community Sports Trusts are working together in collaboration for the first time to provide a new initiative for young people called YOYO Sport.


The five South Yorkshire Professional Football Clubs are working together in collaboration for the first time to provide a new initiative for young people called YOYO Sport.

Funded by the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit in partnership with the Office of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, South Yorkshire Police and the Premier League, YOYO Sport will offer sporting sessions across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield every night of the week.

The football club’s community sports trusts 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.  The sessions are currently postponed due to Covid-19, but will start once government guidance allows and it is safe to do so.

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.

For more information on YOYO Sport see – www.yoyosport.co.uk

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