Thursday 14th February saw the UK-wide launch of the new European Youth Health Champions project, funded by Erasmus+. The event, hosted at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, and delivered in partnership with RSPH and Birmingham City Council, welcomed more than 40 eager delegates for a day of spirited discussion and research dissemination, capped off by the launch of the project’s new online training resource.

Representatives, drawn from the health, sport and education sectors were on hand to hear from a range of speakers, including Councillor Kate Booth (Cabinet Member for Children's Wellbeing) followed up by a special session run by four of the programme’s young volunteers - all of whom played a key role in shaping and testing the training.

Delegates were invited to hear about the project’s key research findings (presented by RSPH), and to take part in some of the programme’s training activities, as facilitated by StreetGames. The day’s afternoon session meanwhile was dedicated to the young people at the heart of the project, with four young volunteers sharing their journey and describing the personal impact that their involvement had had. Delegates were also encouraged to make a special pledge to the project, indicating how they would support the further dissemination of EYHC, or utilise the training with their own participants.  

Following the event, StreetGames’ Special Projects Manager Claire Lane commented: “The event was a huge success and demonstrated a real partnership approach. The whole project is about empowering young people to become peer educators and encourage their friends to make healthy choices, so to see the appetite for this work from the delegates was amazing! As a project team, we are really excited to further support delegates to embed the learning and encourage young people to take part in the training.”     

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StreetGames' new European Youth Health Champions hub