Friday night is Sport Night! Creetown Initiative’s youth work team run youth sports sessions on Friday evenings, term time, from the Waverley Hall. The junior session is for children aged 5 – 9 and runs 6pm – 7pm, and the senior session is for young people aged 10 – 17, 7pm – 8pm.
The sessions are fun, open to all and aimed at all levels and experiences and we deliver skills training on many different sports, including basketball, football, volleyball, netball, badminton, hockey and many others. We focus on ball skills, team work, hand-eye co-ordination, balance, athleticism and fitness with our younger children and often we are able to put this into practise and encourage the children to play games and matches. We build on all of this with our older group and allow the young people to pick which sports they’d like to play. All our youth workers are skilled and trained in delivering sports sessions and one of our youth workers is also a qualified sports coach.
We also offer the Hi5 Awards to our juniors. Hi5 Awards are a new award for children aged 5+ that records and recognises wider achievement. To gain a Hi5 Award, young people choose a challenge, complete a minimum of 5 hours of activity during our weekly sports sessions, think about and comment on their achievements and gather evidence of their participation. They will receive a certificate showing their name, challenge and special achievements. The certificate will also show the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level and credit points.
The Hi5 Awards are optional – our children don’t have to work towards an award to be able attend our sessions. However they are really fun and easy to complete and our youth work team are qualified to support the children every step of the way.
Through our sports sessions, Creetown Initiative also runs a Young Volunteers scheme for young people aged 14 – 25. Young Volunteers come along to help and assist the youth workers to run the junior or senior session (or both) and earn their Saltire Awards for doing so, plus a reference from us to help towards securing a job, or place of a course. Many of our young volunteers have lead their own sports session with us and have gone on to do amazing things.