£20,000 funding helps Richmondshire pupils develop skills, wellbeing and resilience with North Yorkshire Sport

Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2021 09:25

£20,000 funding helps Richmondshire pupils develop skills, wellbeing and resilience with North Yorkshire Sport

North Yorkshire Sport are delighted in being successful in receiving £20,000 to support the delivery of the Achieve programme which aims to support young people to develop resilience, physical and mental wellbeing and essential life skills.

As an organisation, North Yorkshire Sport uses sport as a driver for positive change by encouraging local people to become more active improving both physical and mental wellbeing. The new funding means the organisation will be able to broaden their reach to support more young people to create a brighter future.

The funding came through Richmondshire District Council's Community Investment Fund and alongside match funding from North Yorkshire Sport will support the delivery of three, 12 week programmes for secondary schools and five, six week programmes for primary schools across the Richmondshire district.

North Yorkshire Sport will work in partnership with former Olympian and Athlete Mentor, James Kirton and also the Richmondshire District's School Games Organiser; Lynsey Carruthers to deliver the programmes targeting schools in the area.

Jody Ivel, Development Manager at North Yorkshire Sport said;

"By using sport and activity as a driver for positive change it is fantastic to be able to extend the reach of the Achieve programme to engage young people across Richmond. The programme helps to support positive behaviour change and make a meaningful difference to the lives of young people who are traditionally hardest to reach.

We understand every young person has different challenges and barriers to overcome however by working with athlete mentors and members of the community we are able to support young people to unlock their potential and dare to dream big!"

To date 99 young people have completed an Achieve programme which has supported their mental and physical wellbeing, increasing resilience and self-confidence and supporting their journey to a brighter future.

Lynsey Carruthers, School Games Organiser, Richmond said;

"I'm excited for the pupils across schools in Richmond to be part of the Achieve programme. The year seven pupils particularly have had their transition to secondary school interrupted so significantly and I look forward to seeing how the work of this programme will help the pupils settle into secondary school life, improve self-confidence, well-being and develop"

Former Olympian, James Kirton, Athlete Mentor on the programme said;

"I love getting involved with this project because working with young people on a daily basis, helped me to realise there's a real gap in what a lot of young people get support with. The schools do a great job of the education but we are passionate about filling the gap of life skills and wellbeing using sport and activity as a key driver and tailoring each programme to support the young people we are working with. No two groups are the same and the programme allows us to work flexibly with schools, families and the wider community to really develop skills that are transferable across all different situations."

The Achieve programme will run virtually after half term with the hope to commence face to face sessions as soon as the lockdown restrictions permit.

£20,000 funding helps Richmondshire pupils develop skills, wellbeing and resilience with North Yorkshire Sport

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