In this month of October, I was fortunate to be invited to the launch of the ‘Youth Charter 2012 Games Legacy Report’, which was held in the State Rooms, Speakers House. This is the Report driven and produced by Geoff Thompson MBE, seen here, who is the Executive Chair of the Youth Charter. He is passionate about his aims and goals for the organisation which he founded 20 years ago. Geoff knows from his own experience, how sport can make help with self development. He, himself is a 5 times World Champion and now speaks around the UK and other countries, to children and young adults about using sport to develop themselves.
As we, in the UK, come out of this recession, it’s important that young people are not forgotten. They can make an enormous contribution to a growing and successful business. They think differently and can challenge the ‘norm’; they have a different view of the world and can share that view, sometimes leading to a company being quite innovative in its thinking and translating that into operations. Most young people also have comprehensive understanding of technology and social media and look at new ways of working as interesting, without fear of change. It comes back to ‘team work’, and having the courage to do things in a different way, using the different skills of the team, to move things forward, not backward.