YSDA Conference 2017

Youth Sports Development Ambassadors 2017 Conference
Thursday 6th April 2016, 0900 – 1630


CollegesWales is organising the forthcoming Youth Sports Development Ambassadors (YSDA) Conference and launch event being held at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed, Cardiff.

The YSDA project will see 7 European partner countries working together to develop new opportunities for young people to gain European experience in sports development and tackle inactivity among Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) populations in their local communities. This ground breaking project will be led by CollegesWales creating new EU networks for young people and innovative new technology encouraging sharing of knowledge and physical activity experiences. A link to the project is provided here http://bit.ly/2kadpad

The conference will see representatives and young people from Bulgaria, Slovenia, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Hungary and Wales engaging with key stakeholders from Wales and the UK. Throughout the day a series of keynote presentations and workshops will be delivered involving EU partners and experts from organisations in Wales designed to share best practice and encourage delegates to have an active input in the development of the project.

Key themes for the day:

  • Developing peer led interventions as a sustainable solution for increasing physical activity
  • Utilising the skills of European and Welsh partners in developing training for YSDA and creation of a new EU network for sports development
  • Sharing best practice on involving young people in community sport projects working with BME populations
  • Innovative use of social media and technology in developing physical activity for peer groups

Keynote Speakers

Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Service and Public Health

Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive, ColegauCymru

Ali Abdi, Cricket Wales, Cricket Coordinator

Carmine Falanga, YSDA Project Manager, (ISES) Italy

Lamin Diallo, YSDA Project Manager, (MediaSport) Slovenia

Owen Williams, Social Media Lead, BBC Cymru Wales



BME Sport Cymru

DEKUT, Hungary

Mirandela Municipality, Portugal

Bulgarian Sports Development Association (BSDA), Bulgaria

BBC Wales Social Media

Welsh Colleges Sport

Coleg Cambria

Coleg Gwent

Cricket Wales

Sport Wales

BME Sport Cymru Young Ambassadors Cymru

MediaSport, Slovenia

Basketball Club “Sea Wolves”, Poland

Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Socio Economico (ISES), Italy

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Gower College Swansea

Cardiff and Vale College

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)