As part of its ongoing community partnership with the Guernsey Football Association, Deloitte has recently agreed to sponsor the association's new Youth Council.
The GFA Youth Council is made up of a group of young people with a wide range of backgrounds within the sport.
Members meet on a monthly basis to work on a variety of projects which aim to shape the future of football for Guernsey.
It was set up to support the vision, mission, objectives and performance of the GFA by providing relevant research and insights into the youth game. The information is then used to inform current practice and aid future decisions on participation and the local football community.
At the moment, the council is working on a football festival event, with the focus of engaging more young people in the sport while finding out why some may choose not to play. It will be aimed at under-16s and is due to take place this coming May.
The council is also working in conjunction with the Youth Review Committee - created by the Guernsey Football League Management - to investigate the decline in youth football.
"The Guernsey FA Youth Council is delighted to have the support and sponsorship of Deloitte as this will provide much greater opportunities to deliver projects and events for young people in Guernsey who may never have been involved with football before, generating an environment that shows football is for all," commented Head of the Youth Engagement Action Plan, Joelle Pengelley and Margaret Broome.
Partner at Deloitte, David Becker added: "The Youth Council is a fantastic initiative from the GFA and Deloitte is delighted to support the scheme. Participation in sport makes a positive difference to our mental and physical wellbeing, and being part of a team teaches us to be better communicators and how to work together effectively."
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