Positive Youth Foundation, a local organisation that supports young people in Coventry, joined forces with Coventry City Council and the International Children's Games (ICG 2022) this summer.
The collaboration of organisations brought entertainment to all at ICG 2022, while providing opportunities for the local young people that the organisation supports during the international event that took place from 11-16 August.
As part of a collaboration with Coventry City Council, the International Children’s Games and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the organisation delivered a glow in the dark 3 x 3 basketball session in Broadgate as part of the Commonwealth Active Communities Funding through Sport England.
The session took place on an evening of the Games, using the Commonwealth Games' courts that our ICG 2022 athletes had the pleasure of competing on. Positive Youth Foundation organised this especially for their young leaders, while passers-by could also join in.
Young people from the organisation also performed in the heart of the Games Village. The performances got the athletes dancing in the Piazza after their sport had finished for the day.
Alongside this, Positive Youth Foundation supported the Games overall with the sponsorship of more than 2,000 branded bags for all ICG 2022 athletes, coaches and staff. The distribution of the bags was made possible by a collection of local sponsors; Positive Youth Foundation, Tom White Waste, Marston Holdings and JJ Gilleran.
Cllr Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader - Coventry City Council, said: “It was a pleasure to work with the Positive Youth Foundation on the International Children’s Games. It was great to see some of their very talented young people performing for the athletes. It created the perfect atmosphere for the athletes to be in the Piazza and meet new people.
“The glow in the dark basketball was definitely a highlight of the Games. It’s brilliant that we could provide that platform and facility for the organisation and young people to run the session using the equipment that our athletes did. I look forward to hearing about more project collaborations with the Positive Youth Foundation.”
Rashid Bhayat, CEO – Positive Youth Foundation, said: “The Games provided a great platform for young people from across the world to come together to celebrate through sport. As a local charity that has been working with young people for many years, we were honoured to be one of the event sponsors, as well as provide activity for young people to enjoy.
“Creating positive opportunities for young people is the reason we exist, and this event did this. We would like to thank all of the young people who attended from around the world as well as the organisers of the event for the opportunity to be a part of a lifechanging experience for many young people.”
Sophie, Participant, Positive Youth Foundation, added: “I have never been part of an event of this size, so I was a little bit nervous at the start, however, as soon as we got to perform our sports and music sessions, the atmosphere was just amazing, and we all had a great time. The young people from different countries spoke to us about life in Coventry and it was great to learn about their cultures too.”
Positive Youth Foundation also works with Coventry City Council on the Sport England ‘Go Foleshill’ project, delivering sport, wellness and physical activity to the Foleshill community alongside delivery at previous events including Godiva and Sports Fest.
To find out more about the work that Positive Youth Foundation delivers, head to their website.