Youth Moves

Partnering with youth clubs

Youth Moves is a youth work organisation in Bristol that aims to help young people to grow, develop, learn and stay safe as they negotiate their path through their youth.

The organisation plays a vital role in supporting over 1,000 young people a year from the South Bristol area, with around 30% of its beneficiaries over the age of 16.

What’s makes these figures even more significant is that Youth Moves operates in Filwood, a ward in the Knowle West area of South Bristol, which is listed within the top 5% of nationally most deprived wards according to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2010. Problems such as high unemployment, high crime, poor educational attainment and poor health are prevalent, making Youth Moves’ work all the more needed.

Youth Moves’ engagement model differs to many other ‘pure’ sport clubs, in that sport is just one of many different targeted intervention tools it uses to improve young people’s skills, confidence and aspirations. In addition to delivering sport leadership programmes, it offers a traditional youth club, education services, one-to-one mentoring and holiday activity programmes.


In this respect, encouraging sporting participation amongst young people, aged 16 and over, isn’t the end goal in itself, rather the focus is very much on personal development. This approach to using sport as an engagement tool is perfectly demonstrated in Youth Move’s Sported funded project – ‘Get on Up’.

Youth Moves’ innovative ‘Get on Up’ project uses sport as an effective tool to deliver leadership training and volunteering experiences. The programme is helping 25 ‘at risk’ young people from the local community gain nationally recognised sport coaching qualifications. These individuals will then have the opportunity to put their newly learnt skills into practice by delivering a two-week long sports camp during the school holidays, at very low cost to young people aged 8-13 years old from the local community.

Following the project, individuals may choose to take up a career or seek further training in sports coaching, gym work, or related areas with Youth Moves’ partners; but above all, it will improve their career opportunities by developing transferable leadership qualities and skills.