Youth Health Champions held free ‘all comers’ street soccer tournament in St Albans during half term

23 February 2016

Members of St Albans Youth Council have trained to become the District’s first Royal Society for Public Health Youth Health Champions, a training offered by Youth Connexions.

St Albans Street Soccer 5 

Some of the teams and helpers who took part

As Health Champions they can now confidently signpost their peers to support and health advice and can even share some basic advice for some concerns.  As Health Champions, they wanted to put on an event that young people would enjoy and that would promote well-being so they applied to Health Watch Hertfordshire for funds as part of their Feeling Good Week initiative.

Teaming up with StreetWise Soccer, the Health Champions secured funding from Health Watch Herts for a one day street soccer tournament that took place in February Half Term.  St Albans Girls School offered their gym as a venue and on 18 February, a day of free activities for girls and boys aged 11-18 was made available to local young people in St Albans District.

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St Albans Youth Council in the 'Panna Cage'            The two teams who battled in the final

with the Street Wise Soccer Crew

It was a great day and in the end a closely fought battle was waged between two teams from local football Club Harvesters.  One of the finalists, Alex aged 12 said “The tournament was amazing! I had so much fun playing with and against my friends. Also, it got me out of the house and off my iPod which was the best part as far as my parents were concerned! After the tournament I had football training with a few of the people competing at the tournament and no one could stop talking about how enjoyable the day was. Thanks for organising it and I hope there are many more of them in the future.” 

Youth Health Champion and Vice Chair of St Albans Youth Council Jamie said “It’s been such a privilege to be able to train as a Youth Health Champion.  Part of taking on this challenge was to be able to give back to the community.  This was a great day that definitely made lots of people feel good and allowed us to engage with the community.  I know we all look forward to putting on many other events and are already planning our well-being stall in St Albans Market for the 19th March”

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