24 young volunteers from sport came together at the weekend for a for a multi-sport youth forum to discuss issues relating to young people volunteering in sport.
The initiative jointly organised by the Irish FA, Ulster GAA, Ulster Rugby was held at the ‘Jungle NI’ complex in Magherafelt and included team building activities which helped break down barriers among the young people in attendance all of whom were representing different sports and clubs.
Following the activities, the participants engaged in a roundtable discussion which explored barriers to volunteering in sport and considered what Governing bodies and sports clubs could do to overcome them. Ideas were also developed ideas for multi-sport volunteering so that young people could get a flavour of volunteering across all three sports.
Irish FA Club and Community Development Officer, Kyle Robinson, helped facilitate the day:
“The Youth Sports Forum event was an excellent opportunity to engage young people involved in football, Gaelic games and rugby.
“The event was well received by the participants and the three sports were able to obtain valuable insights for going forward in their programmes. We are looking forward to these opportunities being offered to young volunteers from football in the future.”
This event was part of DfC programme 'A Home for Lifelong Learning' and was also supported by the Sir George Quigley fund.