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Awards recognition for youth activity schemes

Two successful Swansea projects have been honoured in a prestigious UK awards scheme that promotes the positive effects of sport and activity.


Us Girls Swansea and Manselton Youth Club were saluted in the 2020 StreetGames Awards. 

The awards scheme showcases the power of sport to create positive change in the lives of young people.

UsGirls Swansea Camps won the award for engaging women and girls.

The initiative was launched around five years ago and is organised by Swansea Council and Freedom Leisure which runs the city's community leisure centres and the LC on behalf of the council and local people. The award win was announced in an online video message by Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle.

Manselton Youth Club was runner up in the sustainability award. The club was established by the council's Sport and Health team around a year ago. A partnership with South Wales Police and the SwansTrust, it has the support of Manselton Community Centre's voluntary management committee.

Both projects are delivered alongside a number of opportunities, known as Doorstep Sport activities, which are led by the council's sport and health team with the valuable support from the team at StreetGames Wales.  

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "Recognition in these awards is great news and a significant achievement as StreetGames is a UK-wide charity, with many projects having been established for a long time. 

"The success of the Swansea projects is testament to the time, effort and enthusiasm shown by the team and our partners Freedom Leisure.

"I congratulate all those involved with Us Girls and Manselton Youth Club.

"These projects illustrate how the council continues to work hard on behalf of young people across Swansea. We're here for Swansea."

Robyn Lock, Swansea active communities manager for Freedom Leisure, said: "Our partnership with the council's sport and health team is really important.

"It's great to show girls what opportunities are out there for them and to encourage them to remain active.

"We're looking forward to creating more opportunities for more people in Swansea once it's safe to do so."

Us Girls Swansea encourages those aged 8-14 to engage in sport and physical activity in a friendly non-judgemental environment.

In non-lockdown days, camps take place during school holidays in communities with high rates of deprivation. They offer a wide variety of sports and activities.

Girls also take part in workshops and discussions on topics relevant to them, including emotional health, barriers to being active, confidence and self-esteem.

Partner organisations include South Wales Police, Infonation and Barod, ConfiDance, Welsh Netball, the Ospreys and specialist coaches.

The ethos of the camps is fun, fitness and friends.

Manselton Youth Club is for young people aged 10-16 and targets anti-social behaviour.

When lockdown restrictions aren't in place, it uses health and well-being as a tool to engage young people in activities instead of hanging around on the streets.

The club offers a range of activities such as football, health and beauty and arts and crafts.

This allows young people to socialise with their friends in a safe environment as well as having access to new local opportunities at a low cost.

In normal times, the club is also open during school holidays when every young person receives a nutritious meal and snacks.

Young people can try a new physical activity such as mountain boarding.

Volunteers and partners play a key role in the club's success.

The StreetGames charity works to make young people and their communities healthier, safer and more successful.

Photo: Activity at Manselton Youth Club.



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