Every youngster should feel like he/she are part of the team/club. Every youngster should experience a sense of warmth, affection, acceptance and security about themselves and about being with others.
Actions for coaches/trainers
- Try to create a close connection with youngsters by adopting a pro-active posture, demonstrating physical and mental presence.
- Try to create a warm environment for youngsters by showing active interest and being accessible when they have questions, complaints or concerns.
- Use appropriate social media (the type that youngsters are using) to create other forms of communication with them.
Actions for clubs
- Make sure practices and other activities correspond to the youngsters’ perception by making them look “cool” or “trendy”.
- Invest in youngsters by offering them trainings and workshops, for example if they would like to become trainers or referees.
- By doing many activities together (sport, social and homework), with clear rules concerning positive behaviour, structure, respect, the youngsters get a feeling of belonging.
Card Games Keep Youngsters Involved
The most important tool in the toolkit are the card games, developed for the Erasmus+ Sport project Keep Youngsters Involved.
These card games help you to get to know more about how to implement actions in the sport club to keep youngsters (12-19 year) involved and prevent them from dropout.
The different card games can help professionals who work with youngsters in sport, young adults and sport clubs how to improve their policy on youth, and help by creating a sport club action plan.
In total there are 169 action cards. For every factor you can choose a variety of cards. You can choose the cards and print* them in colour to be able to use them. Cut them out and they are ready to be used.
* best printer settings: choose page sizing ‘fit’
There are 3 different cards games:
- Card game 1: Choose your cards
- Card game 2: Roleplay Keep Youngsters Involved
- Card game 3: Go Fish
Quick scan Y-score for sports clubs
How youth-oriented is your sports club? In other words, is your club accessible and attractive to young members? Does the club give enough consideration to the wishes, needs and possibilities of the various groups of young people? And especially, how can this be improved?
The Y-score answers these questions. It is an instrument that quickly and easily gives insight into how youth-oriented your club is. It helps you to look at your club through a young person’s ‘pair of glasses’.