It has recently been announced that the government will provide an additional £12m towards youth projects as part of its “commitment to young people”. The funding includes up to £7m towards the Youth Accelerator Fund and £5m for the #iwill Fund. The funding boost is additional to the £500m Youth Investment Fund, which was announced earlier this year. Half of the £500m Youth Investment Fund will be used to fund new youth centres, refurbish existing facilities and create more mobile clubs. The remainder will be invested activities, such as digital skills, culture, sport and social action as well as investment in the youth work profession. The Youth Investment Fund will cost £500m over five years, including £68m in 2020/21. It consists of £250m capital and £250m resource spending.

Government Spending

The government will be investing £500,000 this year. This will be in a new Youth Worker Bursary Fund to attract youth workers from a variety of backgrounds. Meanwhile the government is also working with the National Youth Agency to renew the entry-level qualifications for youth work. This will all be underpinned by the establishment of new Local Youth Partnerships across the country. Designed to coordinate and sustain local youth activities. The government said these relate to the original £500m announcement and not the new £12m fund however has not provided further detail about how they will work.

Access for Young People

Nicky Morgan recently wrote an article for Civil Society Voices. The article states: “This government has made no secret about its ambitious plans to level up every part of the UK and close opportunity gaps. It is at the heart of Conservative values, that everyone, no matter their background or where they are from, should be afforded the same opportunities.” “I’m talking about a major pledge made at last month’s Conservative Party Conference, which we are underlining today: our commitment to young people,” Morgan added. She stated that she has met “so many brilliant young people” taking part in initiatives. But “also met many young people who have found access to youth opportunities hard to come by.” “That is why last month the Chancellor announced an ambitious, long-term £500m plan for our youth services that will give young people somewhere to go. Something positive to do and someone to talk to,” she said.

This is excellent news for those running sports clubs and charities for children. Funding sports teams can be a thankless task. Hopefully these added funds will allow local sports teams to carry on developing, whilst helping their local community.

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