Young Advisors are experienced volunteers who are actively involved with a community organisation in the StreetGames network. For StreetGames Summer Camp 2022, a team of 14 Young Advisors worked with StreetGames staff to take a lead on all aspects of the camp, from initial planning right through to the delivery of the event itself.
Kate is 18 and from Newcastle. She has volunteered at Hat-Trick for the past three years. Kate finished college before Summer Camp and hoped to go to university to study Ancient History. In high school, Kate wanted to use her knowledge of sport to help others get involved in Doorstep Sport in her local community. At Hat-Trick, Kate delivers football and multisport sessions for young people aged 8-16, and has personally gained a lot from the experience: “I get a lot of confidence from volunteering. I used to have a lot of social anxiety which is gone now. I built a lot more relationships and I’ve gained more resilience. It’s given me structure in my day-to-day life and provided a routine for me. I’m also able to go out and meet new people. It’s really helped because I’ve met people I never thought I would meet and it’s been an amazing experience”.
The opportunity to meet other young people from across the UK was one of the main things that attracted Kate to the role of a Young Advisor. During Summer Camp, she took on the role of an organiser and a team leader, and particularly enjoyed designing and delivering events such as the award ceremony to recognise young people who had gone above and beyond during their stay. She rated the camp a 10/10: “There is nothing I would change! Everything here has opened my mind for how to run different sports back up in Newcastle. It wasn’t what I expected but I feel like everyone here is a big massive family and we got on really well. Even when we have improvised it’s worked really well. We’re all really different and have our own ways but we’ve come together to make one great camp for everybody.”
As well as the relationships she built with the other Young Advisors and young people attending Summer Camp, Kate also particularly valued meeting and learning from the StreetGames staff: “They have educated us on logistics and how to run the camp, that extra bit of help has helped us come a long way from where we were when we started”.
Kate has also further developed skills to support her in her community volunteering role: “The biggest thing I’ve learnt is speaking to everybody in a large group because I’m normally not the type of person who would do that. My confidence has increased massively! I’ve learnt how to do different games and energizers. It’s going to make my sessions so much better because I’ve learnt so many different things from other people and put that back into Hat-Trick. Since being a Young Advisor, Hat-Trick have recognised that I’m good at what I do and have given me opportunities to step up and take on new challenges. They’ve helped me improve my confidence and everybody is really proud of me for doing this.”