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Creating better places for young people

Ideas for facilities, activities and spaces that could help Big Local areas better meet the needs of their youngsters

Wednesday 12 September 10:00am - 4:00pm

Leeds Urban Bike Park, Hub Ring Road Beeston Park, Middleton, LS10 3TN

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Book now by contacting Tony Mullin on 07970 903766 or email

About this event

Youth facilities and activities are a vital part of any community’s needs and development. This session will discuss how Big Local areas can help create spaces, places and facilities that appeal to young people, from skate parks to bluetooth youth shelters; from parkour to organised sports. We will be looking at examples from Big Local areas and beyond, asking 'What are the key ingredients for success?'.

Who is this for?

It is for people in Big Local areas who want to:

  • Explore the benefits of investing in such projects
  • Learn from successful projects, within and outside Big Local areas
  • Look at some of the research that has been done, and how it could guide future investments

Many Big Local areas have reported challenges in getting engagement from young people, particularly between the ages of 13 and 25. As a result this group can miss out on potential benefits from the programme, and as such never really become Big Local ‘stakeholders’. This event will look to get underneath this issue, drawing on research from Swansea University and others, and come up with ideas for making Big Local areas great places for all young people.

We have chosen the urban bike park as a venue as this is a great example of a facility that appeals to everyone within that target age group, and appeals across gender, ethnic and other boundaries.


Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive of ‘Street Games’

Chris Taylor from skate park company ‘Free Style’

Representatives from Leeds Youth Council

Michaela James, Research Assistant, Swansea University

Read full speakers bios and further information about the event here.

Agenda Wednesday 12 September

Time Description

Registration & refreshments




Welcome and introductions


Why invest in young people facilities?


Active Games research-a discussion on research looking at what could make teenagers more active


Examples of successful projects

Browse around display




Panel discussion and Q&A

An expert panel to include: Freestyle, Swansea University, Street Games, and members of Leeds youth panel.

The panel will share their expertise and knowledge, answering questions, structured to cover specific issues such as challenges, funding, evaluation, scope for networking and joint working.




Project ideas

What ideas do you think might work in your area, and how might they be made to happen? A ‘World café’ session looking at opportunities, challenges, support needed to overcome them, how interventions could be sustained, marketing and publicity.





More about this event

The event is free for anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area and we will provide lunch. We also provide financial support for travel, childcare and other care costs to residents in Big Local areas. We can also book and pay for travel in advance. For information on expenses and support, please email us or phone 020 3588 0565

If you are attending a Big Local event as part of your paid work/employment then we ask that your employer cover your expenses. However, we can pay or contribute towards worker’s expenses in exceptional circumstances. Please ask when booking for further information.

Interested in participating? Want more information?

This event is being organised for Local Trust by Tony Mullin. There are a maximum of 35 places available. To ensure as many areas can take part as possible we are initially limiting places to 2 per area. To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Tony on 07970903766 or

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