YR1M develops Youth Leaders for Sports Community Projects

by yradmin |

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 August –Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) today completed its inaugural youth development programme which trains youth leaders to implement sports-related community projects.

The first cohort of 29 young sportsmen and sportswomen from sports programmes funded by YR1M had undergone the four-day intensive programme from 8 – 11 August 2016.

The programme is designed to enable the young leaders to first learn about what it takes to become effective leaders. They are then given an opportunity to work in teams to design community projects which use sports to transform communities. In the coming months, the projects will be implemented in the community.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, YR1M Chief Executive Officer Ung Su Ling said the programme will enable YR1M to broaden and grow its sports portfolio, which is one of the three pillars of the Foundation.

“This programme encapsulates YR1M’s vision that sports is a powerful tool to bring about positive social change as sports transcends race, religion and socio-economic background,” said Ung.

”Training young leaders in this area enables YR1M to realise its vision, particularly when they put their newly acquired knowledge into practice and implement the community projects they designed during the course of this programme,” she added

“We look forward to seeing these projects impact and transform communities as they come to fruition,” Ung concluded.

The programme is run by Mthoko Madonda, an experienced youth leadership facilitator and founder of Reach Sports Management in the United Kingdom. In addition, former national squash player and current national squash coach, Ong Beng Hee, and professional golf coach from the PGA TOURAcademy, Shane Gillespie, were also invited to the programme to share their experiences on youth development.

Mthoko, who has facilitated youth leadership programmes around the globe, said this programme is unique as it not only provides leadership knowledge, but also provides funding for the youths to implement their community projects.

“I hope that these young leaders will emerge from this programme with improved self-awareness, a better grasp of leadership skills, increased confidence, better networking skills and increased resilience,” he concluded.

In his session, Shane Gillespie spoke about how goals can only be achieved if accompanied by detailed implementation plans.

“Specifically, we must have written goals and set a deadline for its implementation, identify obstacles, build support networks, and develop a detailed plan if we are going to be successful in achieving those goals” said Shane.

Ong Beng Hee encouraged the participants to learn deeply about their focus areas and be open to new challenges.

“Find a role model with whom you can identify, distill their methods and emulate their success,” he added.

At the closing ceremony today, Team Acrux UKM were announced as the winning team for their project proposal. They will receive a grant of RM10,000 to implement their community project, while the remaining xxx teams will receive grants of RM5,000 each.

Other YR1M youth development and sports focused initiatives include the 1Malaysia IPT Squash Programme, 1Malaysia COBRA Youth Rugby Programme, 1Malaysia Golf Programme, Piala 1Malaysia football tournament and the Piala 1Malaysia-Real Madrid Foundation Campus Experience.