Recognition for a healthy sports centre

St Helens Council's Leisure Investment Manager, Dave Pugh hands over the Young People Friendly award to Selwyn Jones employee, Kirsty Ratcliffe
St Helens Council's Leisure Investment Manager, Dave Pugh hands over the Young People Friendly award to Selwyn Jones employee, Kirsty Ratcliffe

A St Helens sports centre is celebrating after scooping an award in recognition for the service it provides in helping young people address health and wellbeing issues.

Selwyn Jones Sports Centre in Newton-le-Willows has become the first non-traditional health service to achieve Young People Friendly (YPF) status, based on the Department of Health’s ‘You’re Welcome’ quality

All young people are entitled to receive appropriate health care wherever they access it

Dave Pugh

criteria, which aims to improve young people’s experience of services and their health outcomes.

A recent visit from a young person aged 13-19 from the YPF assessors team found that the centre ticked all the right boxes in a variety of fields, including accessibility, staff training, health issues for adolescence and joined-up working.

A certificate and plaque will now be displayed in Selwyn Jones which will act as a reminder to young people that they will be also be treated with respect, listened to, not judged – and receive a confidential service when visiting the sports centre.

St Helens Council’s Leisure Investment Manager, Dave Pugh said: “All young people are entitled to receive appropriate health care wherever they access it and it gives me great pleasure to say that this type of support is available at Selywn Jones. I’d like to congratulate the members of staff who made this possible on a job well done.”

Sue Forster, Interim Director of Public Health for St Helens Council added: “The teenage years are crucial for the adoption of positive health and lifestyle behaviour, but some adolescents may have poor health and

wellbeing outcomes due to inadequate access to health care and wellbeing services. Ensuring that services are open and friendly for young people will help to address these barriers.”