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Press Release - 05 July 2007

Pioneering youth coach gives workshop

The power of coaching to support and inspire young people will be explained at a workshop led by the creator of youth coaching in the UK.

Harry Singha, founder of the Youth Coaching Academy, will talk about the powerful role of youth coaching and youth peer coaching in bringing out the best in young people.

The free workshop, at the University of Bath in Swindon on Monday 16 July at 7pm, is for anyone who works with or cares for young people, or for coaches who want to find out about youth coaching.

Mr Singha set up the Youth Coaching Academy following the murder of a 15-year-old boy in East London in 2001. He was asked to work with the students at his old school to help them through the trauma. The moving and positive impact of the coaching process inspired him to set up the Academy.

“The coaching gave the young people the power to come up with a better meaning to the situation,” said Mr Singha.

The Academy now runs school and community coaching programmes to help people set up their own sustainable coaching service, working with youth workers, teachers and parents.

The Academy’s approach is inclusive to all young people, from the socially disaffected to the gifted and talented, addressing issues such as confidence, relationships and academic achievement.

A unique accredited course, used by Jamie Oliver for graduates of his ‘15’ restaurants, gives young people between the ages of 13-17 the opportunity to train as Life and Youth Coaches to deliver coaching to their peers.

“The course represents a powerful message to young people and those who work with and care for them,” said Mr Singha. “That young people do have the ability to train and become accredited in the same way as professional adult life coaches and deliver effective coaching services.

“It takes what many see as the ‘problem’ - young people - and inspires them to be perceived as the ‘solution’ to many of the challenges faced by youth and youth settings today.”

The seminar is part of the Business Hub’s Coaching and Mentoring for All programme, funded by the European Social Fund. To book a free place see the Related Links section. Further seminars with leading speakers will run each month until October.

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