StreetGames welcomed more than 50 young people and staff from across Europe to a Youth Leaders Across Borders residential, held at Ambleside’s Brathay Hall.

The project, funded by Erasmus+, was delivered in partnership with organisation from Poland, Sweden and Germany.

Set among the beautiful backdrop of the surprisingly sunny Lake District, the project’s main aim was to develop a training product that will enable young people from disadvantaged communities to gain confidence in their leadership skills and give them the skills required to take part in European projects and youth exchanges.

The participants, including eight StreetGames Young Advisors, took part in 18 hours of leadership training across the week ranging from workshops that helped the young leaders to reflect on their existing skills, develop new skills and even think about their own cross European project.

The training workshops had been developed over the previous 12 months by the four national partners, sharing best practice from across Europe to ensure a method of training that is relevant and current to up-skill young people in this field.

The main purpose of the residential was to test the training, so there were ample opportunities for all of the participants to have an input into shaping the content for the future.

The participants also started to develop international partnerships and discussed how to work together in the future. There were some really interesting project ideas presented in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch at the end of the week, with many of the young people already working together to source funding and make their projects a reality.

The young people also took part in outdoor adventure activities, delivered by staff at Brathay Trust, including ghyll scrambling, high ropes challenges, mountain walking and getting out on the nearby lake in whalers.   

The next stage of the YLAB project will be to offer this training across Europe, including opening it up to the StreetGames network, as part of the StreetGames Training Academy. The training is due to go live in 2017. For more information or if you are interested in developing European work in your StreetGames project, please contact Claire Lane (claire.lane@streetgames.org) or Hannah Crane (Hannah.crane@streetgames.org).

For Blended Mobility infographic from the Youth Leaders Across Borders residential, please click here.

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