26 July 2004

Future plans for MAYC sports

The Sports Programme run by MAYC will change later this year to ensure that it meets the needs of modern youth work. The changing nature of young people's lives mean that recently there has been less interest in the district and regional competitions and more activity on an informal, local level. The aim of the change is to ensure the MAYC Sports Programme continues to bring the widest benefit to the most young people.

Mike Seaton, MAYC National Youth Secretary: "A May meeting of the Council for Methodist Youth work decided to wind up the current MAYC Sports Programme. The Programme has existed in its current form since the 1960s and the Council felt that it no longer meets the needs of the majority of MAYC groups. As a result the current sports programmes will come to an end by 31 August 2004, apart from the volleyball weekend scheduled for September. The Council for Methodist Youth Work expressed its deep appreciation to all members of the management team for what they had done over the years. Many young people have found their way into the life of faith and the wider church through participation in MAYC Sports and for this we give thanks to God."

"However, this decision does not mark the end of sports programmes within MAYC's work. The plan is that in the future the sports programmes will diversify, and an important feature of this will be that young people will have a key role in determining the future direction. The aim is to produce a Sports Programme that offers greater diversity, integrates sport into the wider work of MAYC and is manageable within the restraints of current resources.

"The Sports Programme has been an important part of MAYC's activities, and will continue to be so. For example, at the recent Breakout in Blackpool there were 27 football teams of mixed, ages, gender and ability in a league competition, and we look forward to many more such enjoyable sports events under the MAYC banner in the future.

"MAYC will host an open forum in the autumn for any interested members to explore a new format for the Sports Programme. All current members of the Sports management group will be invited to join this forum and any other interested parties are also welcome. Anyone interested in taking part in this should contact Val Lovett, MAYC Office Co-ordinator.

"MAYC is tremendously grateful to all who have worked with the Sports Programme. It has made a huge contribution to the lives of a great number of young people, and this would not have been possible without the efforts of many."

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