Opportunities for Young Volunteers
After working with young leaders who volunteered at the Basildon Community Games, Active Basildon found the young people wanted to increase their physical activity opportunities at their local secondary school.
Active Basildon alongside Active Essex, initially worked with SportInspired to deliver the Basildon Community Games, an event which engaged over 200 young people from 6 primary schools. SportInspired work with local sport clubs and volunteers to deliver these events nationally, aiming to work with children and young people from the UK’s most deprived communities.
Schools targeted for these events typically engage children and young people who are already three times more likely to experience mental health issues than their more affluent peers. Their chances of obesity are doubled by age 11 and unemployment prospects are high. SportInspired aim to engage and inspire these young people by working in partnership with local clubs to run community multi-sport festivals.
The Basildon Community Games event was supported by young leaders from Basildon Upper Academy. The young leaders helped run the event by co-ordinating activities, troubleshooting and supporting the children to get as much out of the day as possible. The students involved gained invaluable skills in leadership, teamwork, resilience and problem solving. They also reported coming away from the event feeling inspired, confident and having a sense of accomplishment.