Developing quality youth clubs

Youth clubs can benefit young people so much

If they’re run well - one of our main aims is to make sure youth clubs and organisations are run to the highest possible standards, giving young people the very best support.

Our Quality Standard

Ambitious youth clubs and youth organisations want to develop and improve, with quality standards a vital part of their work. It is not a nice-to-have, but a must. It is about knowing they are doing a good job, improving their work and ensuring they can demonstrate quality in a competitive sector.

Together with London Youth we have developed Ambition Quality, a quality standard for youth clubs and organisations.  They can work towards a bronze, silver or gold level, to show they’re doing their best for the young people they work with.

We also have Ambition Quality+ for umbrella youth organisations.

We help organisations achieve their award every step of the way. Ambition Quality rewards high standards in the following 10 areas:

  • Focus on young people
  • Outcomes and impact for young people
  • Safeguarding
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Staff and volunteers
  • Premises, resources, and health and safety
  • Administration
  • Leadership and management
  • Partnerships
  • New ideas and improvements

For more information on getting Ambition Quality for your organisation, email Rachel Smith ( and read more in our Training section.

Get discounted insurance

Having comprehensive insurance for your club is an important part of Ambition Quality.

Our members can get the best deal on insurance with insurance brokers Lockton LLP.

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350k young people supported by our members

70% said their youth club had increased their participation in sports

£3m given to our members for local work with young people

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