Young people kick off their careers

Young people kick off their careers with sports course

Young people from Leeds are taking their first steps into employment, education or training after completing a course with re’new. The ten week REAL + Sport and Well Being course for 16 – 19 year olds, who are not in education, employment or training, ran from The Beck centre in Killingbeck.

The programme aimed to provide young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to gain employment or go onto further training. The aim has certainly been met with this group of young people who have gone onto, amongst other things, a futsal coaching course, army preparation and employment. One young person has even been offered a place on a Professional Golfers’ Association course owing to his natural ability.

The programme also provided an opportunity for a local young person to volunteer over the ten weeks, strengthening his own opportunities and hopes of becoming a youth worker in the future.

Ali Spaul, Health and Sport Development Officer at The Beck, said:

‘These young people have been a pleasure to work with and their energetic personalities have become a real inspiration to everyone they’ve met.

‘This great thing about this course is that not only does it give young people the chance to gain qualifications and improve their literacy and numeracy skills but by engaging with them through sport it means we can develop their sporting knowledge and help them find out what careers are available in the field.

‘The young people were given individual careers guidance and a support worker to help with their progression. The support worker will continue to support them as they take their next step until they’re settled.

‘Their excellent enthusiasm, attitude and attendance really paid off and we’re excited to find out what the future holds for them.

The course will run again throughout the year. For more information, contact Ali Spaul at The Beck on 0113 881 4823.


The REAL + programme is delivered by igen, who contract for provision with different providers who deliver courses city-wide. The programme is funded by European Social Fund through the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA).