SEMSA Youth Summer Academy
The SEMSA Summer Academy has now ended for another year.
Many thanks to all the participants, parents, volunteers, special guests and committee members for making this year our most successful.
It's going to be tough to top it next year!
Link to event photos from the Summer Academy below.
The aim of the SEMSA Summer Academy is to provide sporting opportunities for young BAME people aged 5-16, that feel excluded from mainstream provision. As SEMSA is a voluntary organisation, support from organisations such as GCC and Strathclyde Police are vital to its success
SEMSA works to ensure a diverse sports programme is offered, which enables young people to get involved in sports they might not normally engage in.
Over the years, programmes have included: cricket, football, hockey, rugby and tennis.
Not only is SEMSA successful in engaging many young people within sport but is also able to:
● provide a safe environment free of judgement;
● combat isolation;
● create the opportunity for integration to other services;
● improve communication skills and social interaction skills;
● encourage personal and social development of the young people;
● have fun!
SEMSA has been working towards building on the success of its Summer Academies by developing a year long programme. A large number of young people between the ages of 5-15 attend the summer programmes and from this we are working to create a pathway programme from the Summer Academies. Recent roadshows have included special guests from the Royal Navy, British Transport Police and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
The success of any sport lies in its ability to develop its youth, being able to intervene at a young age and develop its potential. This need is stronger than ever in the BME communities in Scotland giving these young people a sense of belonging and direction.