Connecting with Young People

NYA is helping sports coaches to better understand and connect with young people using youth work.

Working with the Premier League, we train football coaches and inclusion officers in youth work skills to support their practice with young people. 25 football clubs from the Premier and Football League have received training to date, including Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Modules on offer include theory of youth work, engaging and communicating with young people, safeguarding and young people’s development.

Participants report that it is helping staff understand young people better and, once they see what motivates them, they can work with them more effectively.

NYA is taking its youth work skills training into a number of other sports including rugby and basketball.

Read the press release.

To find out more contact us.



Learners reported that after the course they felt:

  • Improved confidence levels (94% of all learners)
  • They could relate the theory and skills to their day jobs: “It reinforces and backs up what I put in practice daily”
  • They welcomed the opportunity to network and share good practice:“Great to hear other clubs input on how they manage youth voice.”
  • It created an appetite to progress onto further youth work qualifications: “I’m really excited to start the NVQ level 3 diploma.”


It was really good training and nice to have some theory to underpin my work in the sports sector
Football academy coach


Join us in our panel debate with @MarkAlanCory @natyouthagency and @LaylaMoran as we discuss the profound effect youth workers and teachers have on young people's lives.

We hope to see you from 6.15 pm at the Purbeck Room, Highcliff Marriott Hotel

#LibDemConf #CouncilsCan

Interesting listening to @joswinson at @LibDems party event. Discussing Brexit, Business & how society needs to be fairer. Glad to be able to engage the party and it’s members to argue for youth work & meaningful support for young people. @natyouthagency championing the sector

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