North Riding FA was proud to host its first-ever Youth Council meeting last night (27 February) – a group dedicated to shaping and developing youth football across the county.
This newly appointed team of young people will have an impact on increasing the number of children and young people (CYP) participating and volunteering in football as well as developing a vast CYP network within the North Riding County FA.
Steven Wade, North Riding FA Chief Executive, said: “Grassroots football delivered by North Riding FA and our affiliated clubs is extremely important in helping young people to realise their potential. This inspiring work helps to educate, develop and inspire young people - both in their own personal development, in creating a pathway for the future and our collective progression as mentors.
“The high volume of young people taking part in club-run activity means that feedback is vital in helping us all to shape the resources and the programmes, to ensure that these continue to make a difference. North Riding FA is totally committed to guaranteeing that the voices of young people associated with all programmes and affiliated clubs are heard and remain prevalent in our work.
“We value the perspectives and views of all stakeholders and that includes young people – and we aim to ensure there is a constant stream of feedback between our clubs and the young people they serve. So many young people tell us of the huge impact our grassroots programmes have on them, how they have developed as a person, and the personal milestones they have achieved thanks to the guidance they receive from their club staff, who have been there to listen and assist them.
“We cannot underestimate the positive effect that football can have on young people involved in across our county.”
We are still very much open to applications from more young people who want to join this exciting new team. We are looking for young people between the ages of 14-24 from all over the county to represent children and young people and to help shape and develop football in North Riding.
If you would like to get involved, please contact a member of our team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Harry Twohig & Ellie Hall