Mike Goode, Head of Physical Education at Hampton College, Peterborough said: “At Hampton we have been working with Youth Dreams Project for 5 years in a number of different sporting contexts to support our curriculum delivery, extra – curricular provision and examination classes. The quality of the work from all of the coaches has been first rate and the hands on approach that Luke (as director) offers has facilitated the way that his coaches deliver the sessions and this ensures that they are tailored to the needs of the group and to the outcomes required by ourselves, as a PE department.
The type of work that they have supported has included some curriculum sessions to motivate and offer alternative fitness sessions for year 10 and 11 girls in core PE, as well as assisting with covering PE lessons in the absence of PE staff, to allow the normal curriculum to run. They deliver both 1:1 and small group workshops for a selected group of students in the College who benefit from a mentoring approach, based around physical activity and during our Summer activities week that have run whole sports weeks for us involving many team games and fun individual activities.
Most recently we have also used YDP to help deliver part of the Level 2 BTEC First Award in Sport by providing coaching sessions in football to help collect evidence towards the Isolated and modified skill practices / games. This proved to be a useful exercise allowing the teachers involved to complete the assessment whilst the coaches worked directly with the students.
We are pleased to be working with YDP and will continue to do so in the future.”
Stuart Smith, Headmaster at St Catherine’s British School, Athens said: “YDP began delivering Sports Camps here in Athens in the summer of 2016 and we have been delighted to invite them back every year since then. They deliver a wide variety of sports from more traditional sports such as Football, Basketball, Handball,Tag Rugby and Tennis to more innovative games such as Boxercise and Dodgeball.
The camps are characterised by a variety of skill activity as well as by fun-orientated competitive games. The quality of the coaches is outstanding – they are all child-centred in approach and are able to respond to the different skill levels within the groups. Their feedback questionnaires always reflect extremely positive comments and the school also receives separate comments asking: “When are they coming back?”!
If you are looking for an external professional group to deliver fun and purposeful sports camps in any of your long holiday periods then St Catherine’s has no hesitation in pointing you in the direction of Youth Dreams Project. They are coming back to Athens again in 2020!”
James Robertson, Gunthorpe Primary School Deputy Head Teacher said: “As a school we have been working closely with Youth Dreams project for nearly two years. They have provided well organised sessions, run by friendly and well qualified staff in a number of different sporting and fitness areas. The provision has been for both Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4 students and they have worked in lessons and during lunchtime and after school clubs to provide our students with further opportunities for participation, mentoring and qualifications in leadership, beyond the normal curriculum and clubs run by our own PE staff. I would highly recommend Luke and his team at YDP to anyone.”
Victoria Blackwell, Parent said: “Youth Dreams Project have changed the usual average after school clubs and P.E lessons, into fun, positive and motivational sessions that not only give children confidence but give them the access to sports that would not normally be available in schools. The half term sports camps provide affordable childcare, which get my children active in team sports and activities. From Boxercise to dance I could not fault the service and coaches.”
Werrington Primary School Head Teacher said: “Thanks for organising both events. Both were successful and well organised. Children enjoyed their games and had plenty of football – having a plate competition is a good idea. Good to have individual awards incorporated into the event so that it is not just the winning team who get them – like goalie in our case. Thanks again, Looking forward to the next one!Thanks for organising both events. Both were successful and well organised. Children enjoyed their games and had plenty of football – having a plate competition is a good idea. Good to have individual awards incorporated into the event so that it is not just the winning team who get them – like goalie in our case. Thanks again, Looking forward to the next one!”
Michael Fox from Fulbridge Academy said: “Really well ran tournament, was great that once the cup was finished you would get put into the plate. The referees were brilliant and the games flowed well. we look forward to your next event.”
Children that have participated in the YDP Boxercise club say:
“I really liked the fun activities and the exercising gave me lots of energy. I really like it.” – Bradon-Lee
“I have learnt a new sport that I had never tried before and it is a great experience. I would definately recommend it to anyone no matter how good at sport you are!” – Chloe