Talking Topics

Our brand new webinar series, Talking Topics (TT), will provide members with a new interactive way of engaging with our corporate partners and other members for support and learning around a range of areas.

After an incredible start to the TT series, we welcomed over 100 of our members to our Talking Topics: Safeguarding programme.

With the topic of youth engagement up next, hear from the Sport and Recreation Alliance and CIMSPA on why and how you can build youth voice into your organisation. 

Talking Topics: Youth Engagement 


Session Outline


Sport and Recreation Alliance -The Importance of youth voice in your organisation

Sent out 28 July 10am


Pre recorded video (Youtube)

This Talking Topics session will take a look at the formation and journey of the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Youth Advisory Panel, hearing experiences directly from young people who sit on the panel itself. The webinar will explore the importance of youth voice within the sector, explaining any obstacles in setting up a youth panel as well as the benefits such a group may bring to sporting organisations.

Panel members will discuss their experiences in balancing volunteering with work/ education, as well as discuss the importance of collaboration within the sector.


· Empower young people within the sector to join youth panels within sport.


· Encourage members to set up a youth panel of their own (if they haven’t already).


· Enable existing youth panels to engage with our youth panel in the future.


CIMSPA – How to go about constructing your Youth Panel

4 August 10 – 11am



In 2018 CIMSPA’s board discussed a well visited agenda item: board member diversity, particularly the youth perspective. The proposed solution was to create a youth panel which would see up to 14 young adults, aged between 16-25, attend quarterly meetings chaired by one of CIMSPA’s board members.


Three years on, CIMSPA has a youth panel that has its own good governance, code of conduct, terms of reference and has developed a set of objectives and key results (OKRs) which align to the CIMSPA strategy. They have purpose, influence and an authentic perspective which is highly impactful across CIMSPA’s strategic operations.

· Why it was (and still remains) important to CIMSPA to improve its young adult perspective and the impact it’s had on the organisation.


· An overview of the process CIMSPA followed to establish the panel, recruit its members and embed good governance.


· Hearing from a CIMSPA youth panel member, board trustee and executive governance lead on their perspectives and lessons learned whilst working to advance this area.