Youth football at YES is growing!

Thanks to funding from the Football Foundation, we have been able to continue running three youth teams: U13 and U15 boys and a new U14 girls team. We are still in need of sponsors for our youth teams to maintain them throughout the season.

Our U15s have had a particularly fast start to the season, winning their first 2 games in the Camden & Islington Youth League with 17 goals scored and 0 conceded!

The U13s and the girls are yet to get underway.

Last year’s double winning youth team.

NCS with The Challenge, Work Experience

For the second year running, YES hosted two waves of young people from the National Citizen Service provided by The Challenge.

The groups decided to raise awareness for girls’ football, putting on a football fun day in a local park and finding 25 girls from the local community interested in playing football with Cricklewood Wanderers FC.

We also delivered an Employability & Presentation Skills workshop to over 40 teenagers, receiving the following feedback from one of The Challenge Programme Managers:

The workshop was fantastic, and you made it really engaging and enjoyable – the young people were really enthused afterwards, talking about looking for jobs at the end of summer and asking all the staff what their first jobs were! Fingers crossed that they remember all you said and can put it to good use in interviews soon.

Partnership with Harris Academy

During the academic year 2017/18 we will be managing 5 teams (U12, U13, U14, U15 & U18) at The Harris Academy, St John’s Wood (formerly Quintin Kynaston Community Academy) and look forward to continuing our relationship and presence in the area with the school’s new management.

Summer Work Experience

This summer we provided work experience for a student from St Gregory’s Catholic Science Academy, organised by Work Experience Partners, Harrow.

Alait Zekarias enjoyed her week at YES, which included administration, shadowing the CEO, taking control of YES social media, spending a day at Harlesden Jobcentre Plus and attending a meeting with the Young Brent Foundation, where her input (as a young person the services are designed for) was vital! Alait is now a volunteer with YES, and we look forward to seeing her professional development!