Youth Sport Leadership (YSL)
The Sports for All Youth Sport Leadership Project aims to encourage youth volunteerism through engagement with children with special needs in sports activities. In 2013, grants were awarded to five community organisations which train young people to work with special needs children.
The grants given by the British Council served as the initial funding for the proposed projects and ongoing engagement with youth volunteers. Grant winners and selected youth volunteers completed the three-day Sportability Leadership Training programme. The training has been cascaded to youth volunteers from each organisation who will then be working with children with special needs. The sustainability of each project is crucial as it contributes to the impact the Sports for All Youth Sport Leadership Project has on the children, youth volunteers and organisations involved.
“At Sri Eden, a centre for mentally challenged children, the experience and excitement of being in a sports event is rare for our children and if not for this support from the British Council, this sports day would not have been possible. It was well worth the challenges faced and the efforts invested in organising the event. Not only did our children have a fun-filled day, but they now look forward to the continuance of the sports activities. We trust that the youth volunteers were also touched and the spirit of caring and concern for those with special needs has been instilled in their hearts. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the British Council for this great opportunity.” - Aimee Chan, Principal, Persatuan Kebajikan Sri Eden.