NYA brings youth work to the Premier League


12 Jul 2016

More than 90 football coaches from Premier League clubs are now equipped in youth work skills, the National Youth Agency announced today.

Passing the youth work in practice award  means youth work skills will be used by 22 Premier League clubs as a way of engaging and developing young players. Participants included football coaches, academy staff, community engagement officers and women’s football development workers who completed a six day course to gain the youth work in practice award.

50 of the participants report they are likely to undertake further youth work study to progress onto the certificate level – a JNC recognised qualification at level 2 or 3 and that gives the status of  youth support worker.

Learners reported that after the course they felt:

  • Improved confidence levels (94% of all learners)
  • They could relate the theory and skills to their day jobs:

“It reinforces and backs up what I put in practice daily”

“Really good, nice to have some theory to underpin work in sports sector”

  • They welcomed the opportunity to network and share good practice:

“Great to hear other clubs input on how they manage youth voice”

  • It created an appetite to progress onto further youth work qualifications

“I’m really excited to start the NVQ level 3 diploma”

“Would like to continue and complete more qualifications”

Maralyn Smith, development director at NYA said, “It’s been a real success story. The clubs quite quickly recognised the value of youth work skills and showed a commitment to training their employees which was great. For the learners the youth work theory seemed to immediately make sense – it chimed with their practice and around half are motivated to get more qualified. ”

After the success of this cohort, NYA is in discussions with Premier League clubs about providing further youth work training.

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