The YAMA 2018 event on Saturday 6 October got off to a pretty hectic start. The atmosphere at YAMA was buzzing . Youth groups across the county joined us to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with a fun-packed day of youth activity, music and arts(YAMA). The registration began at 1:30pm at Herts Sports Village and although the weather outside was wet and blustery, it didn’t stop our young guests from bringing in rays of energy and enthusiasm as they passed through the doors. Although there was an unexpected delay in the set-up it was great to see the young people eagerly waiting in anticipation to get on board the inflatables and games Meanwhile, they were getting creative and colourful in our arts and crafts room. There was an array of arts available from making bead-stacked necklaces to jazzy keyrings and abstract masterpieces, all provided by Herts Music Service.
As soon as Apex gave the green light, and our young people were free to get involved with the inflatables and games, there was no stopping them. It was great to see them interacting positively with each other and other young people from different groups, staff and group leaders as they explored the activities red-faced and exhilarated.
As part of our work, and to test the equipment of course, members of the Pro-Action team, tackled the biggest obstacle course (which was a lot harder and taller than it looked!) we clambered through spiders’ webs and settled our differences on the gladiator joust…who knew your core was so important?
Highlights of the afternoon included the huge turnout for our final Tug of War game of Girls Vs.Boys which saw each side fiercely tugging to overpower their contestants. It was a close competition, but the girls clawed victory in the end. Well done to all…but especially the girls!
The music played at the event was also a huge favourite amongst our guests. We were fortunate to have the talented young DJ Zaco and DJ Freddie de Monte (aged just 14), from our Member, I’m in Radio, to supply us with a great DJ set for the afternoon.
They provided the perfect party atmosphere and their tunes hosted impromptu dance competitions with both young people and group leaders battling it out.
There was something for everyone at our Yama 2018 event. It was both a thrilling and adventurous afternoon of laughter and exploits. However, it was obvious to see the relief on our guests faces when they could relax at the end of the day…particularly the group leaders!
Thank you to everyone who attended our event and for making it such a memorable occasion. Thank you also to Herts Sports Partnership and Apex for contributing to the success of the event. We’re glad to have had such positive feedback from our young people and group leaders. Lots of smiley faces and thumbs ups!
Charlotte, 13, from YMCA said: 'I had a really fun day and I would like to go again. I really enjoyed the obstacle course, the nerf war zone and the gladiator.'
St John's Youth and Community Centre delighted us with a wonderful group selfie and said:'Thank you to everyone, we all had a fabulous afternoon. Thank you for the invite.'
We hope you all had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you at YAMA 2019!
Have a look at the amazing photos taken on the day below: