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16 Nov 2010

U14's Win Again!

The St. Martin's/Highgate FC U14's 5-A-Side football team won the central region of the Clubs for young people annual football tournament, and will now go on to compete in the national finals in Manchester this December.

After a slow start in the group stages with a sluggish 1-1 draw, the lads upped the tempo and never looked back winning the remaining 5 games in their group comfortable. By topping their group they went into the semifinals with the same mindset and swept pass the opposition.

The final was a much tighter game which finished 1-1 after full time and ended extra time at 2-2. This meant penalties with all our lads hitting the target. A virtuoso save from our keeper Kaylib won the game with the penalties finishing 5-4 to us.

Bring on the Next Round!

Picutures coming soon

Youth Support Worker Post

Changing Boundaries Business Project

5 hours per week - JNC Grade 5

St. Martin’s Youth and Community Centre is seeking to recruit a Part Time Youth Support Worker on a fixed term contract until March 2012.

The successful applicant will primarily be involved in supporting young people participating on the Changing Boundaries Business Project by sharing business skills/ practices and running workshops as well as provide mentoring and guidance to them. You will also assist in the recording, documenting and reporting of the project and its participants.

Changing Boundaries is an entrepreneurial project designed to raise the long term aspirations and expectations of young people who are at risk of being involved or becoming a victim of guns, gangs and knife crime. This project may bring you into contact with challenging young people.

St. Martin's Youth and Community Centre is a youth focused charity based in central Birmingham. We provide a regular broad range of positive activities for local young people.

This post is for 5 hours per week which will be split over 2 evenings one of which will be Tuesday's. The post is subject to JNC terms and conditions starting at Grade 5 (£8.50 per hour). The successful applicant will be required to complete an Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau disclosure and provide 2 references

Informal enquiries about this post should be directed to Dean Morgan (Senior Youth Worker) via phone or email:

Application packs can be requested on 0121 622 2005 or downloaded directly (see below)

Applications should be posted or emailed back to the centre.

Closing date for is 9pm Friday 26th of November 2010.

Application Pack
Right Click the files below to download the application pack. All documents are available as pdf files, you will need a pdf reader to view them. The application form is also available as a word document.

2 Nov 2010

We Are The Champions!!!

Under 14's Receive Medals and Trophy

On the evening of Wednesday 27th of October 2010, our under 14's team were celebrating their success after capturing the U14's 5-a-side crown in the  Birmingham round of Clubs for Young People Football Tournament.

After battling through a nail biting first group stage against 4 strong opponents, the lads met local rivals ER Mason in the Semi Final. After a a tight opening few minutes, they broke through ER Mason defences and never looked back to win the game 5-1. 

The Final was a much tighter affair against YMCA Erdington. The game started brightly with a few early shots from our boys before they conceded a early goal. The lads held their nerve and started the fight back to eventually win the game 2-1. 

The team is coached by Highgate FC and it just goes to show how time and effort is well rewarded for both young people and volunteers.

We are now preparing the team for the midland region finals in Derby which take place in Mid November. Watch this Space.

14 Oct 2010

AGM Meeting at SMYCC: Review

The Annual General Meeting at St. Martins Youth Centre was held on the 28th September 2010, open to members of the public as well as young people and staff of the centre. The evening was also attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Wilkes and his wife.

It was well attended, with many local people attending to demonstrate an interest in events at the centre as well as addressing issues with funding which is currently a cause for concern.

The young people that attend the centre provided presentations about the work that they have been doing, as well as providing the first full screening of 'Struggle' a short film produced at the centre. There was also a question/ answer session and the chance to have a tour around the centre with a young person as a guide. The excellence of the open session was well received; a buffet was provided and all attendees had the chance to network and discuss ways of fund raising for the centre.

It is hoped that such sessions will continue, strengthening the presence of the centre in the community and the value that it holds to the young people.

20 Sep 2010

Highgate Fun Day: Follow-Up

Following the Highgate Fun Day on 4th September 2010, we used the opportunity to promote the business activities of Individual and Antisocial.

These are two groups that have taken part in the Changing Boundaries project with SMYCC.

The day provided a chance for the young people within each group to arrange a stall and speak to members of the public about their designs and how they came to create each design. This proved to be an excellent way for the groups to develop their confidence of working with people and develop a sense of pride for their brand. Not only did they make good use of this time to promote their business but there was some success with making sales on the day!

From October 2010, we will begin with the new group for the Changing Boundaries, which will provide a chance for a new group of young people to follow these footsteps.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is fast approaching. this years AGM will take place on: 

Tuesday 28th of September 2010, starting promptly at 7pm and finishing at 9pm.
This years meeting will incorporate musical performances by young people, a showing of the short film called Struggle which was scripted acted and produce by local young people and a number of presentations by young people about the projects they have been involved with over the last year.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Everyone is Welcome.

31 Aug 2010

Highgate Fun Day

Highgate fun Day is coming up on Saturday 4th September; we will be there to promote the Changing Boundaries project with t-shirts for sale from Antisocial and Individual. These are both businesses' that were founded as part of the project from 2009-10.

With both groups presenting a range of designs, there is sure to be something for everybody from t-shirts to hoodies. Customised designs are also available, please ask on the day for details.
For further info please email or call 0121 622 2005, otherwise we will see you there!

27 Aug 2010

Rapid Night of Football at Villa Park

Team Photo at Villa Dug Out
Watching the action
The action was fast and frentic
Our Summer of Sport continued at Villa Park last night as we took a group of  young people to Villa Park to watch the 2nd leg Europa League Playoff between Aston Villa and Rapid Vienna.

It was a special night for some of the group has it was the first time they had ever been to see a premiership team or stadium to watch a game of football. The added atmosphere of an European game gave the night another dimension - especially the half naked Rapid Vienna fans singing up a storm of support from their end of the stands.

The Excellent Rapid Vienna Fan's
It was an excellent game for the neutral fan that swung from the highs of Villa taking the lead to lows of Rapid Vienna's excellent fight back to eventually win the game 2-3 on the night (4-3 on aggregate). Click here for a full BBC report of the game.

Feedback from the young people was excellent and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

19 Aug 2010

St. Martins' at Great Britain & Hungary basketball, 17th August 2010.

In full continuation of the sports' theme for August, staff and young people at St. Martins' Youth Centre visited the NIA, Birmingham to attend a basketball match.

On Tuesday 17th August, we took a visit to watch Great Britain beat Hungary (Mens' Basketball) in a 66-64 win with a critical final 2 minutes. All young people that attended thoroughly enjoyed watching the live game from excellent seats at the front of the stand.

Not only did we watch the match, but two of the young people in the group - Greg and David were given the chance to compete in a street dance-off for the prize of a holiday to Butlins Resort. This was an excellent chance to demonstrate their dancing ability, cheered on by their peers.

Overall we had an enjoyable evening at the basketball which proved to be a fun time for all involved. For full details of the match, click here.

10 Aug 2010

Tabata at St. Martins Youth Centre!

With the summer being upon us (with a small lack of sun) we felt that it was time to make sure that staff and young people at St. Martins were getting a regular workout on a Monday evening.

This brings us to Tabata... a way of working out for short periods at high intensity for quick results.
This involves a regimen of 20 seconds ultra-intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated continuously for 4 minutes (8 cycles). With a one minute rest, we then continued on to the next type of exercise for the same length of time. In total, we managed to do this for 30 minutes, all agreeing that we felt energised and could feel effects of the exercise.

Research shows that two weeks of high intensity training can substantially improve insulin action in young men, possibly preventing a method for prevention of type-2 diabetes.

We plan to maintain this routine throughout the summer; if you would like to join us then please contact Dean on 0121 622 2005 or email

24 Jul 2010

Summer of Fun

Arts & Crafts Workshops
Don’t sit at home this summer being bored.

Come down to St. Martin’s and take part in one of the many activities available for young people aged 10 to 19. St. Martin’s is a great place to meet friends, learn lots of new things and try something new.

T-Shirt Making Workshop

This summer we will be running Photo Story Workshops; Arts & Crafts Workshops; Music Workshops; Dance Workshops, T-Shirt & Bag Making Workshops and Music-Video Workshops, plus we will be running lots of games and activities at the centre and in Highgate Park.

Music & Video Workshops

Each activity only cost 50p, and some are even free so get your diary out and book your self some fun.

For more information contact Dean on 0121 622 2005 or email

SMYCC Summer Programme 2010

22 Jul 2010

Star in Your Own Story

This summer you might just create the greatest ever story and be in it. 
Click the picture below for more information.

26 Apr 2010

The Birth of AntiSocial Clothing

First Designs from STM Productions on Vimeo.
Changing Bounderies is a Business Project designed to support local young people avoid the traps of gang culture. We currently have two groups of young people busily preparing to launch their T-Shirt Business AntiSocial Clothing and Individual.

The following photos show some of the young people developing their first c...ustom T-Shirt Designs by themselves. Once they have mastered the basics

of creating their own T-Shirt designs, They will be launching their companies online and at a market stall near you soon!

7 Apr 2010

Studio Available for use

Hi, if your aged 10 to 19 and into music come and speak to a member of team about using our music studio, no matter your style grime, hip hop, accustic guitar to opera we love it all.

If your interested in learning about how to use the equipment in a studio we can help you with that as well.

Check out one of our studio sessions below.

Gifted Studio Session from STM Productions on Vimeo.

The gifted one blesses the mic during a half term studio session