The focus of our youth work is to support young people through outreach programmes in the local community and at The Spartans Community Football Academy, where we provide a safe place to play, socialise and take part in a range of fun activities. As a social enterprise we reinvest profits into our youth work services. When you rent our facility, buy a cup of coffee or buy children's football coaching you are supporting us to support young people in North Edinburgh.
Friday evenings are for FooTEA clubs. Young people can come and take part in multi-sport activities, games or relax and hang out in the youth work space. Everyone gets a nutritious evening meal. FooTEA clubs are delivered by our Youth Work team and are an opportunity for the youth workers to build strong, trusting relationships with local young people.
Launched by our ambassador Tom Kitchin, in April 2016 young people aged P6-S2 have breakfast and take part in fun games and activities on Saturday mornings 9.30-11am. This club is targeted at children who receive free school meals during the school week. The club is growing in popularity and now has a regular core of about 15 young people, many of whom are referred by local Head Teachers.
Every week over 100 young people enjoy free supervised access to our community football pitch where they can come along and play football in a safe place. Participants sign the 'Players Contract' (designed by the young people who play here) which promotes fair play, good behaviour and a duty of care towards The Academy and the community.
During the school year, The Spartans Community Football Academy coaches
and youth workers supervise lunchtime and after-school play in local
primary schools. Pupils receive structured, quality physical activity
sessions and can interact and engage with our staff and are encouraged
to come along to The Academy.
Our Youth Work team take young people aged from 7-18 years on day trips around Scotland. For many of the participants it may be the first time they have travelled beyond Edinburgh. In 2016 we arranged 14 trips, taking 170 young people to places such as Ryze Trampolining, the Time-Capsule and Hampden Park to watch the national team.
Wednesday Girls Group welcomes participants from Primary 6 upwards from 6:00pm - 07:30pm. Past and present activities include: nail painting, archery, rock climbing, roller blading, creating artwork, quizzes, cookery, Summer residentials, sports games and completing educational programmes. The club is free to attend and includes a hot meal. For more info contact email@example.com.
Tuesday Boys’ Club welcomes participants from Primary 6 upwards from 4- 5:30pm. Past and present activities include: football, baking, FIFA, pool, arts and crafts , sports games and completing educational programmes. The club is free to attend and includes a hot meal. For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In partnership with local charity Hopscotch, we take small groups of young people aged 7-11 years on an annual residential break in rural Scotland. The majority of these children would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience and enjoy a holiday away from home.
Sphero after school club is our newest club! Sphero is robotics technology that introduces young people to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning in a fun, creative and collaborative way. Sphero activities encourage planning, problem solving and teamwork. Our after-school club welcomes young people from a number of local primary schools who share their interests and passions for all things science in our nurturing youth work environment.