Welsh Sports Ambassadors Engage European Partners to Improve Health of Young People

​11/04/2017

​Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Services and Public Health with the Erasmus + Youth Sport Development Ambassadors.

An innovative sports project promoting the skills of young people from Wales in creating healthy, more active lifestyles for their peers has just been launched.

Uniquely, it will see young people from Wales linking up with like-minded people from six other European countries to create a new network for this activity across Europe – with support from Cardiff Met. 

Managed by ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, the Erasmus + Youth Sport Development Ambassadors (YSDA) project will develop new activities for communities in Wales, Slovenia, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Portugal and Bulgaria tackling social inclusion working with participants from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) populations.

This activity will be led by 28 new Youth Sport Development Ambassadors created by the project who will manage projects creating new sport and physical activity opportunities for young people.

Officially launching the European project, Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Services and Public Health said: "The YSDA project presents a fantastic opportunity for our young people from Wales to connect with their European peers and share good practice to help break down the barriers to participation in sport and physical activity.

"It is really exciting to be involved in the launch of this project, which is set to  have a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of the people in Wales for years to come."

A range of organisations across Europe are involved in the project which will be based around Further Education in Wales. These include a mix of research bodies, media, voluntary sector, sports clubs and local authorities, led by ColegauCymru / CollegesWales and supported by Sport Wales, YA Cymru, BME Sport Cymru, FE Colleges and Cardiff Metropolitan University.