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YAG Meeting 17th February 2013

On the coinciding weekend of the British Grand Prix in Birmingham the Youth Advisory Group held its first meeting of 2013. A dynamic and productive meeting saw exciting updates, showing the impact the Youth Advisory Group are beginning to have in the world of athletics.

The group welcomed Andrew Minnis, an exciting new recruit who has a wealth of experience and will be a good connection and channel of communication coming from Northern Ireland.

Alongside the Youth Advisory Group we also look to work with Scottish Athletics and their Youth Advisory Group in order to collaborate knowledge and ideas whilst also to delegate and drive new and ongoing projects. This ensures that all work produced has the best input and that jobs and projects are channelled through the correct members of both groups. John one of our YAG member’s is heavily involved with the Scottish YAG, which enables for successful communication between both groups.

As well as ongoing projects the group also look to support and work alongside other projects within British Athletics. This month the YAG decided to show its support for The Gay Games an event bringing people together from across the world with an interest in athletics and other cultural activities. Secondly Emily and Vicky two members of the group attended The Welfare panel. The main factors stemming from this event were the single policy for all persons under the age of 18. Suggestions for a friendlier policy were made in regards to terminology for different age ranges, alongside a target setting process for those in athletics to improve welfare. Suggestions included:

 a) The club

 b) The club welfare officer (should make him/herself known to all athletes)

 c) New athletes.

The group not only looks at already ongoing projects but up and coming ventures in which some the work has already begun. The group are particularly looking forward to the UKA Officials Conference on the 14th April 2013 in which the majority of the members of the Youth Advisory Group will be present. Alongside the conference a Young Officials Conference will run in which several members of the YAG will help to deliver sessions and be there to discuss their own experiences within the sport. Other ongoing possible projects include being a part of the European Non- Governmental Sports Organisation and the ‘Inspired to Inspire’ project.

In other news the YAG had a successful uptake to a project, which has been carefully planned by the group during the last few meetings. The group came up with an initiative know as ‘Youth Advisors.’ The recognised benefits are the YAG getting a better and less narrow perspective, making it easier to develop ideas from those across the country who are a part of athletics on a daily basis. During the Grand Prix event the YAG looked to recruit new members of which they managed to have 75 sign up. This is a great start to the initiative and the YAG is looking to continue this drive and sign up many more young people at athletics events across the country.

The group are aiming to run their next meeting on the 13th of April to work on smaller projects as well as supporting the Officials Conference and particularly the adjacent ‘Young Officials Conference.’