NE Youth, a leading organisation dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of young people, hosted an exhilarating Youth Zone Day on Thursday, 27th July 2023.

Held in collaboration with Tyneside Badminton Centre, Cricketqube, Newcastle United Foundation, Newcastle Rugby Foundation and SMILE Through Sport, this exciting day was jam-packed with various sports tasters, promising an unforgettable experience for all the attendees.

The event aimed to provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to step out of their comfort zones and explore new activities, setting the tone for an action-packed and adventurous summer ahead.

From the moment the event kicked off, it was clear this day would be one to remember. A diverse range of sports awaited the attendees, including rugby, badminton, cricket and much more. Regardless of their skill level, all participants were warmly welcomed and encouraged to have a go at each sport.

For those trying out rugby, they had the chance to learn basic techniques, experience the thrill of scoring a try and appreciate the teamwork that comes with sports. Meanwhile, the badminton enthusiasts practised their agility on the court, with coaches providing helpful tips to improve their game. The cricket enthusiasts practiced their batting and bowling skills, while also learning about the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.

Apart from the more traditional sports, SMILE Through Sport, a charity that promotes inclusivity in sports, offered a range of adaptive and accessible activities for individuals with varying abilities. This inclusionary approach added an extra layer of inspiration to the event, as young people came together to celebrate the joy of sports, irrespective of any limitations.

Beyond the sheer fun and excitement, the Youth Zone Day also emphasised the importance of physical activity in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With the growing concern over sedentary habits and screen time amongst young people, NE Youth aimed to inspire a generation to embrace an active lifestyle and reap the benefits of overall health and wellbeing.

Participants left with smiles on their faces, newfound friendships and a profound sense of accomplishment. NE Youth’s Youth Zone Day had succeeded in igniting a spark of passion for sports, encouraging the young people to pursue interests further and explore new horizons.

The impact of such events reaches far beyond the day itself. Youth Zone Day had sown the seeds for a summer filled with excitement, growth, and joy. It provided a platform for young people to discover their talents, nurture their passions and build self-confidence – vital ingredients in their journey towards becoming responsible and fulfilled adults.

NE Youth and our partner organisations demonstrated the power of community, collaboration and investing in the younger generation. Through initiatives like Youth Zone Day, we continue to shape a brighter future, one where young people have the tools and opportunities to flourish.

If you missed out on this year’s Youth Zone Day, fear not! You can still sign up for our busy Summer of activities by checking out this page.

Here’s to a summer of fun, growth and endless possibilities!