Youth Programmes

Discounted use of YMCA facilities as part of our Youth Programmes for 5-17 year olds.

We have two popular Youth Sport sessions which run every Friday from 4pm to 6pm. Youth Football and Basketball aren’t coached but are supervised – perfect for casual matches and training with your friends.

We host a range of sport and art sessions during every school holiday for 5-17 year olds which have a mix of coached and un-coached sport and arts sessions.

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Youth Programmes


Saturdays 10-11.30am – term time only.
£3 per person, per session

A programme where disabled young people aged 11-17 can have fun, belong, and thrive.

OnSide is a programme featuring sports, skills, competitions and training opportunities for 11-17 year olds with disabilities and their families.

During school term-time, our trained staff deliver activities focusing on a different sport each session, with an emphasis on developing a range of skills and rules whilst playing games and enjoying fun competitions.

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LGBTQ+ football is on!

Tuesdays 5-6pm
£1 per person, per session

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Barclays Community Football Fund which will be used to fund LGBTQ+ football sessions for young people under 25 at the YMCA Community and Activity Village.

Each session we’ll mainly focus on football but will include fun games such as football rounders.

Our YMCA Café will be open afterwards from 6pm-6.30pm as a social space to help create new friendships.

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Youth Sport Registration Form

All participants in Youth Programmes at the YMCA are required to complete a Youth Registration Form containing participant details and emergency contacts. This form only needs to be completed once and sent to for normal youth sessions, or to for Home School sessions.


School Holiday Activity Programme

Getting young people physically active and playing sport during the school holidays.

Our qualified staff organise and deliver the holiday activities which include various sports such as netball, basketball, multi sports, tennis, football and athletics as well as arts activities including graffiti and more!

These sessions are aimed at young people aged 5-17 years and enables them to be physically active whilst having fun and meeting new friends. By providing young people with the opportunity to belong, contribute and thrive.

Check back later for our updated Easter holiday activities.

Meet Zoe Lucas, our Community Children’s and Youth Outreach Officer

“My aim is to inspire young people by promoting sport and physical activity to the local community. I have always had a passion for sport and wellbeing and have since enjoyed coaching children. Throughout school I was part of various sports teams such as netball, rounders, hockey and now compete nationally for Nottingham Athletics Club in 100m hurdles. At secondary school I studied BTEC Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) and volunteered by coaching youth athletes which allowed me to see the benefits that physical activity has on physical, mental and social health.

I have now graduated from Nottingham Trent University (BSc in Exercise, Nutrition and Health) and Leeds Beckett University (MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition) and would like to share my knowledge and experience with young people. I began my journey volunteering for a sports charity, and I would like to give back to the local community by inspiring the next generation to take every opportunity available to them and encourage them to have big aspirations.

My role at the YMCA is to provide an inclusive programme for all and offer outreach support to young people in Newark and the surrounding areas. As well as supporting local youth clubs, schools, communities and partners to provide out of school activities for young people. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding youth sport provision at the YMCA and if you would like to see any other activities delivered at the Community Village.”

If you can help Zoe develop Youth Sport at YMCA Newark & Sherwood, please email: