Golden Lane Youth Project: in partnership with the City of London Corporation
City YMCA London’s new outreach project is bringing in local young people from the Golden Lane Housing Estate to the newly refurbished Community Centre. The new youth project makes sure that young people are fully aware of what is available to them on the estate and further across London. Both in centre club activities and off site visits are proving a great success. Young people’s eyes have been opened to the Millennium Bridge, The Barbican Arts Centre and Tate Modern as well as local swimming and ice skating.
The Pro Excellence Sports Academy (PESA) has been voted the London Borough of Islington’s ‘Sporting Team of the Year’ and ‘Youth Project of the Year’ at the Council’s annual Youth Awards. PESA Managing Director Julious Joseph and CEO Caric James, have been recognised as ‘giving 100% to their chosen sports and are driven to represent their local area and make the big time’ as well as ‘making a significant commitment to their chosen activity. They support each other through the good times and difficult times but above all succeed by working well together.’
PESA operate soccer academies that provide young, talented footballers with support to work towards fulfilling their dream of becoming professional footballers.
With one million young people out of work and jobs hard to find City YMCA is helping entrepreneurial young people to create their own employment. The new social enterprise has been set up by young people, supported by City YMCA London. Together they approached Islington Council and were successful in gaining a year’s worth of funding to run sports camps during the school holidays at the weekends.
As qualified Gym Instructors, Youth Workers, Stewards and Football Coaches their work allows them to offer young people the opportunity to get into employment and further training, to help them achieve a brighter and more productive future. “It’s not just being a football coach that matters; but my biggest reward is seeing young people develop.” Volunteering is a priority for PESA, as it allows them a chance to give back to their community and reach out to more young people. “Our aim is to make a difference in the life of individuals through the involvement of sporting activities."
PESA are made up of incredibly passionate, dedicated young people hungry to grow and develop their skills and their business. "They are excellent role models and have a great manner when supporting other young people. They are developing their business skills and big plans for the future" City YMCA London Youth Team Manager.
CEO Caric James says "I would like to thank everyone who has helped us win these awards, and just to say you can achieve any goals you set for yourself if you focus, work hard and have the right support network around you, once again, a big thank you to City YMCA. I would like to leave you with our motto which is, “Closer to Perfection, Closer to Success”
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