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Young people from the SESKU area are isolated and excluded from activities due to the predominantly rural nature of the communities, and the high levels of deprivation which makes cost and travel impossible for many. Young people need local activities that improve their personal development and strengthen the social attributes of the community. Young Peoples Future will enable children and young people to have opportunities that would otherwise not be available to access.

These children and young people are isolated and socially excluded. They are disengaged from fulfilling life chances mainly due to lack of confidence, low levels of self esteem and self worth and low aspirations and goals achievements, which in turn leads to low educational attainment, low level mental health issues and issues with future employability. Many young people come from family backgrounds where unemployment, long term health conditions, crime, violence and drugs and alcohol abuse are common.

Aaron Burton Age 14  (Young Peoples Future)

Aaron first started attending SESKU Academy through his placement on (PRU) Pupil Referral Unit he was having lots of family issues and struggled with his anger management. Aaron was given several chances but juts wouldn’t engage well with other pupils and was removed from the class. SESKU Academy really wanted to help Aaron and started giving him 1 on 1 sessions with sports like boxing, weights and MMA as treat for good behavior and attendance. Aaron did really well and was working above level 2 in both Maths and English and confirmed the sports session made him engage and work hard. Aaron soon improved and was able to engage back with the school and other peers but he had shown huge interest and skills in boxing and we wanted to support him with this and soon he was attending a boxing gym in Sheffield we have since sponsored him and purchased all his training equipment for boxing. Aaron is doing really well and has put his negativity into boxing and this helps him manage his anger management in a positive way. SESKU Academy will continue to follow Aaron and his success over the next few months.

YOUNG PEOPLES FUTURE PROJECT   (Click for more info)

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big-lottery-fund LOGOTalent Match is targeting young people who are furthest from the jobs market, including those who are completely outside of the benefits, work and training system and facing severe barriers to gaining the skills they need to get into work. More Info

Due to the important work we have done in the community working with young people on Talent Match and Youth Contract some young people asked if we would sponsor their football team and  help them purchase a new strip as this was a positive outcome and we encourage young people to engage in sports and fitness we immediately gave our support and helped Valley Knights football club who play in the Barnsley league every Sunday morning to buy a full strip and we will continue to follow and support this team in any aspect we can and also continue to work with local people so they can achieve their full potential in life.

We have recently supported young people to attend a security training course through Talent Match Program in June 2016, we are really impressed that all learners have passed and some have even gained employment in security / steward work which is brilliant news well done.

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We recently ran a security course for the young people aged 18 -25 on Talent Match Program , they have all passed their exams and some have even gained employment working in security / stewards so well done guys.


Danny Lumb Age 23  (Talent Match 2016)

Luke Sloan Age 20  (Talent Match 2016)

John Gee Age 20  (Talent Match 2016)

Courtney Lindsey Age 20  (Talent Match 2016)

Tom Lloyd Age 20  (Talent Match 2015)

Thanks to the support Tom received at SESKU Academy through Talent Match project he has passed his CBT bike licence and he is now working as an apprentice painter and decorator. When Tom first arrived at SESKU he had no idea what career he wanted and what the future had in store. We worked closely with Tom and gave him important advice and guidance and intense support he needed, he also attendedseveral Level 2 accredited courses which helped boost his confidence and together we worked on plans about his career path. Tom is very happy with the service he received and hopefully he will continue to be successful in the future and says he would recomend the project to his friends and family.


Joshua Hepworth Age 22 (Hemsworth) Talent Match 2014

Josh joined SESKU Academy on the Talent Match Project in February he was very low in confidence and had problems meeting new people and making friends ,through the hard work and commitment Josh has grow in self esteem and gained some important skills and qualifications. Now after all the hard work he put in his life has changed for the better and he now has found full time employment at ASOS in Grimethorpe and has grown as a person.Josh is now enjoying working and is grateful for the support he received at SESKU Academy.

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SESKU Academy worked hard to help local teens have a great time on N.C.S and even created an amazing Garden for the disabled groups and families that use the Burntwood Community Centre the local paper heard about the good work and wanted to follow this story read the full paper report from the Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express here.

The area has high numbers of takeaways and fast food cafes , which has led to many children and young people becoming above a healthy weight and developing childhood obesity. This has given the Academy staff and management a clear indicator that a project is needed to address the nutrition and health issues in the SESKU area.Having consulted with people living in the community and working alongside these individuals for the last 5 years, it has come to our attention that many of the young people have a learning disability or long term health condition such as ADHD, Autism and Aspergers. Also many have experienced drug / alcohol misuse within their home environment, have witnessed or been victims of crime and / or anti-social behavior or have been in trouble with the police themselves. A large number are not doing so well at school, have poor attendance records and a history of exclusions. Perhaps the most striking disadvantage that these young people face is their lack of self worth, confidence and aspiration or hope for the future, most have a lack of trust in adults and ‘don’t care’ about many things. The health of young people is also an issue as indicators show that this area is amongst the worst for young persons obesity rates in the Wakefield District.We believe at SESKU Academy although the area is rated with such poor statistics that we can change the face of the community and beyond, by enabling children and young people to build their futures. Young Peoples Future will ensure that young peoples dreams and goals can be achieved and  give them hope and determination to succeed in life by raising there positive participation levels and building on their resilience. We want to enhance their social, sporting and employment opportunities and give them a future.

SESKU Academy works hard to make sure our staff members get opportunities to attend quality training and gain important experiences so they can support and coach people to the highest standards. We have recently attended a Diploma in Personal Performance Training / Youth Impact Coaching course which has both inspired staff and improved our delivery standards.



SESKU Academy are helping in the community and supporting young people to achieve through projects like Youth Contract and Talent Match we are offering guidance and support for people to create social enterprises which are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community.

We are also getting lots of interest in computer related business ideas, painting, laser quest and gardening. SESKU Academy will be supporting all young people to help set up their ideas.Anyone interested in getting involved with any off these projects or you have a good idea yourself please get in touch and make your vision a reality.

Contact 01977 641461 ask for Ryan about courses that are running at the center including CSCS , Security & CCTV.


Hemsworth Young People Visit SESKU Academy Laser Zone

On Thursday 06th August 2015 Hemsworth District Partnership young people attended the Burntwood Centre to take on the South Kirkby SAS Laser tag team

The session went well and all the young people enjoyed it and got a fist hand experience of the newly opened Laser Battle Zone that features barriers, ex army bases, air raid siren and fully trained games marshals

The project is growing in popularity with 354 young people participated since the project was launched in November 2014.

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“It was good to play against them, we won the game and had fun”

(Lee 15 years form South Kirkby)

“We really liked playing against them and it was great game, we will play them again soon”

(David 13 years from Hemsworth)

“The event was great to see young people from the South East coming together to compete in a friendly fun activity and build community cohesion between two communities.

It was rewarding to hear young people calling each other by first names at the end of the session and they have met new friends”

(Adam Redfern SESKU Academy Manager)

We have FREE CSCS Construction Health & Safety and First Aid qualifications running for unemployed at aged 19+ these are completely FREE & we will also purchase the card for you which will enable anyone to work on a constriction site the courses start August 2015 you must enrol before this date as places as going fast. SESKU will also support people to find employment in these area once you have passed the course for more information contract Ryan: 07913580570 or 01977 641461 /


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The Youth Contract will provide  new opportunities for young people, including apprenticeships and work experience placements. It also marks a substantial increase in the support and help available to young people through the Work Programme, Jobcentre Plus and Sector-Based Work Academies. .options

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SESKU Academy will offer young people a full time mentor who will help and support young people through the difficult decisions they make about their future and give them information about what is available and what they can access in our local area to help build their futures. More Info


SESKU Academy understands school holidays are hard times for parents when trying to find arrangements for their children due to work commitments whilst these periods are where many children and young people engage in negative activities including crime and anti-social behavior. Our holiday clubs are designed to meet the needs of parents and children by providing positive activities at subsidised rates to keep in line with our drive to engage communities in positive activities.

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We have lots of youth activities available at SESKU Academy here is a quick outline of whats happening on certain days this plan does change so keep checking website.

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About SESKU Academy

SESKU Academy is a registered charity (Charity No.1143258) and company limited by guarantee (Company No. 7667653) formed on the 13th June 2011 and based at the Burntwood Community Centre in South Kirkby.


We are proud to announce we have been given a gold standard for Youth unemployment and a Work Experience Quality Standard.Unemployment has been a major an issue in the UK since 2005, and although recently the youth unemployment figures  have started to reduce the number of young people NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) is still too high.  Worse still the number of young people experiencing long term youth unemployment is increasing we have been working hard to support young people to make the right choices and follow their ambitions and dreams through projects like Youth Contract a partnership with Connections to give young people extra support and reward them for achieving by helping with things like driving licences and lessons we have been selected to receive the national Youth Friendly badge  award that is given to companies who commits to two forms of “Youth Friendly” behavior a year we are very proud and hope we can continue to support more young people in the Wakefield district.

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We have started working to support Interserve by funding Level 2 Door Supervisor training and work experience to help people find employment in the security industry. Through continued support and guidance we have boosted their confidence and self esteem and improved work ethics and attitudes towards working. We currently have 4 referrals onsite doing security based tasks and they have also helped to build a laser quest zone for young people and SESKU Academy thinks we can achieve some good outcomes and hopefully we will help more people in the district to find employment.

Young people need the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world and work and gain as much experience as possible so that when they begin to look for permanent work they are work ready and that there are employment opportunities for them.

At SESKU Academy we want to see businesses of all sizes and sectors stepping up to help young people, without this support we will continue to hear of growing skills gaps and high levels of youth unemployment.

SESKU Academy currently has 8 paid staff and 6 volunteers. The Charity was established to develop the South East District of Wakefield. SESKU Academy is a Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) approved centre no. 10629. Enabling the delivery of work related accredited qualifications to its beneficiaries.


The charity deliver children and young people’s support services, sports and activities and employment and training to unemployed people 16 – 25 years. Partnerships with Prospects, National Careers Service, Wakefield Council’s Public Health, Youth Development and Support Service, Job Centre Plus, Young Lives Consortium and NOVA Wakefield and Your Consortium Ltd; have been established to meet SESKU Academy’s aims and objectives.


  The South East of Wakefield where the charity operates has been identified through the local authority and central government as an unemployment hotspot, which is the reason the charity was formed. The Academy also aims to address health inequalities throughout the South East of Wakefield through the provision of its services, sports and employment delivered through its projects. The Academy works directly with people seeking employment and job related training, through offering paid work, volunteering opportunities and experience for students through university fieldwork placements for youth and community development workers.

This is a small selection of the services and projects we have run at SESKU Academy over the last 4 years.

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We have also been supporting  the unemployed who are aged over 24 who are not able to access support on Talent Match. We dont currently  receive any funding for these adults but they need our support and help. We get referrals from Job Center Plus and offer options like SIA security training, CSCS training and we fund their licence so they can join the labor market.

Its aims and objectives are of a social benefit to the wider community for example working with Primary schools to address childhood obesity through delivering progressive exercise and nutrition programmes in partnership with the Public Health 5 a day team. Delivering accredited courses for young people classified as not in education or employment (NEET). Developing and renovating community facilities that offer safe environments for community groups and social enterprises to establish their services and projects, serving the wider community. SESKU Academy has an experienced and enthusiastic staff team. The Team has successfully completed numerous qualifications with regards to working with community development, children, young people, adults and social enterprise development.

Some of the qualifications our staff have include:

  • Community Development & Youth Studies Degree
  • Youth and Community Development Diploma
  • Highfield HABC Tutor
  • Sports Leader Tutor
  • Train the Trainer
  • Level 2 Sports Coaching Qualifications
  • Health Related Exercise for Children
  • Childhood Obesity Instructor
  • First Aid Assessor
  • Self Defence Assessor
  • SIA Security and CCTV Tutor

SESKU Academy’s Staff Team have a wide range of qualifications, skills and experience which enables the charity to deliver a wide range of programmes and projects that support the positive development of children and young people. For further information on the charity staff team please see About UsOur Staff. SESKU Academy Charities ultimate goal is to do whatever we can to help our organisation achieve our mission statement.

“Valuing People, Improving Lives, Strengthening Future Communities”


Brooke Ward Age 10 (Gift)

SESKU Academy kindly donated £100 to the British Legion and a Mountain Bike was presented to Brooke Ward aged 10 years who received an award for bravery at the community awards held at South Kirkby Cricket Club on 15th July 2016.He had been attending the Burntwood community center since 2011 and had worked with the staff doing sports sessions in his primary school, eventually he progressed onto join Toll Bar Rugby league junior club. Sadly in August 2015, Brooke was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis soft tissue cancer. He began treatment on his 10th birthday of 7 months intense chemotherapy and 8 weeks of radio therapy which made Brooke extremely ill.

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He missed out on Christmas and new year at home with the family due to his treatment. Brooke seems to be responding well to treatment and during his time in hospital was more concerned for others that were ill in the hospital ward.Brooke is now on maintenance treatment until April 2017.
The SESKU Academy would like to wish Brooke a full recovery and hope to see him back with us at the center.

Tom Whitehall Age 25 (Charity Boxing Match)

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SESKU Academy has sponsored Thomas Whitehall for a charity boxing match to help raise money for cancer to help support Debbie James to have her special  treatment in Germany. The amount they are trying to raise is £64,000 and so far they have managed to raise over £30,000 so anyone who would love to support this guy and his positive fund raising attempts please click this Facebook link and donate to this amazing cause. SESKU Academy will support him all the way and keep you guys updated on the progress.

Jason Turner Age 35 (Security Work Based Academy)

Jason Turner was referred from our local job center to join our successful security based work academy which involved him completing several level 2 courses including full SIA security course, first aid and customer service, after completion of these courses he then carried out some work experience at the center to help him gain some skills and experience in security and improve his work ethics. This went very well and part of the academy included an interview with a security company which went very well and he was offered a job. Jason had lots of issues and had been homeless and not worked for several years but with the help he got at SESKU he changed his life for the better and now has 2 jobs and has grown in confidence and self- esteem and is doing very well and still visits the center to keep us updated on his success and knows we are here to help him if required.

South Kirkby Reds Sponsorship  (SESKU Sponsor)

SESKU Academy are proud to announce the sponsorship of South Kirkby Reds Junior Under 9’s Team. The team play in the Doncaster and Districts junior Sunday football league.The club has grown considerably over the past 3 years since it was established in 2012, and the sponsorship has enabled the team to purchase a new football strip. The team attract 20 children per week and is growing year by year.Adam Redfern SESKU Academy Senior Manager “the club are growing and have many children and young people from our area taking part in weekly football sessions. It is great that we could help them and hopefully we can host a 5 a side annual tournament between local teams once the new MUGA is built at Burntwood Community Centre“.

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John Taylor Mayor of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council and South Kirkby Reds Manager”I would like to thank SESKU Academy for the sponsorship of the team for the 2015/16 football season and look forwards to working with them in the future to best support our local children and young people”At SESKU Academy we do lots of good in community by helping people find jobs, college courses and support people with issues at home here a few good news stories to show the work we have done.

Kial Salter Age 16  Youth Contract 2014

Kial first came to SESKU for support on youth contract he was sofa surfing and had no permanent accommodation or income and was not engaging in education as was classed as NEET. Kial had some issues growing up and didn’t have it easy also his mum is in prison for several years and he didn’t have regular contact with his dad. We started intensive support and guidance and looked at all Kial’s issues and have managed to find Kial a college placement doing Level 1 Hospitality at Wakefield college which he started in September 2014, we also helped him to find permanent accommodation he’s now living with a family where he has gets extra support. Kial is doing very well at college and his home life has improved greatly he now gets a college bursary which covers his travel to and from college and he gets involved with activities at SESKU and also his girlfriend visits SESKU and loves it. We are in the process of helping Kial to get his car licence and working through his theory tests and as an added reward for his good work at college we take him to visit his mum every month in prison this has been great for Kial and the improvement to his confidence and self-esteem in massive.


Jack Dean Culshaw Age 17  (SESKU Sponsor)

SESKU Academy is proud to support local talent and sponsor young people who are involved in sports and fitness. We first meet Jack while he was involved at our youth club both as i service user and he also has dose  some volunteering at the centre, we talked about what his ambitions and goals were and how we give him some extra help to achieve his full potential  Jack is great young man with an amazing attitude to life he is always respectful and courteous to others and a great role model for younger children to aspire to. Read full story here.

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The Old Quarry Adventure Playground

I would like to say a massive Thank you to Adam Redfern and his team from Sesku Academy for delivering a Risk Assessment course to 24 residents from the Warwick estate Knottingley last Saturday on our Volunteer It Yourself Project. Training and courses are very limited in this area, but with Sesku’s help, a Level 2 Health and Safety in Risk Assessment course was delivered right here on the residents doorstep, which made it a lot more accessible than ever before.


The VIY project engaged 24 local residents aged 14-24 in painting the outdoor play equipment on our adventure playground. This gave local residents the opportunity to learn hands on skills whilst gaining an accreditation. They all left the project with a real sense of achievement and felt they had made a valuable contribution to our playground and the wider community.

Thank you and best wishes, Michelle

 Kathleen Waugh Age 18 (Hemsworth) Youth Contract

We have been working with Kathleen Waugh since June 2013 she  had some issues at home and was living with a host family in Hemsworth, she had very low confidence and self-esteem and wasn’t engaging in college and was classed as NEET, she had spoken to a friend about Youth Contract at SESKU Academy and wanted to get involved at first we built a relationship with her and looked at her options like college and apprenticeships and started moving her forward with her life, we then found a business studies level 2 course at Hemsworth Community College which she started in September 2013 everything was going well and she was growing in confidence then her life took a turn for the worse when her host family asked her to leave as she was nearly 18 years old, this upset Kathleen and she ended up homeless SESKU Academy kicked in and gave her the support she needed. The first step we took was to take her to the Open Door Project in Wakefield to find her some temporary accommodation while the SESKU team found her something more permanent in our local area so she could continue to attend college we found her a property and helped her financially with the bond so she could move in and start to rebuild her life

Melvin Kepke 56 (Kingsley) Support for families contract

Mevin had been unemployed for over 12 years he worked at the Hemsworth Colliery and didn’t have any other skills so found it hard to find employment in our local area, he had not received any help at job center and felt really let down and was desperate to find employment and wanted to get off benefits as this was making him feel low and depressed. While Melvin was at a local job club he made contact with a SESKU Academy staff member who was offering support at the job club with c.v building and interview help he was asked if he would like to visit SESKU Academy Community Centre to see how we could help him further and improve his chances of finding full time work. Melvin attended his meeting and we found that he may like to work in security so we booked him onto our SIA Security course which he passed then we gave him support to get his SIA licence and offered him some work experience at the community center which boosted his confidence and improved his C.V we then applied for some security jobs and eventually he was successful and Melvin is now working full time for Protex Security.

Aaron Tillison 25 (South Kirkby)

Aaron has made a big impact at SESKU Academy and brought fresh ideas and worked hard to build relationships with local sports clubs and activities to give young people more options and information about what’s available in our local areas, he has helped build confidence and well-being in children and young people.

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Aaron will be sadly missed at SESKU Academy, but we are happy he has now moved on with his own business running football and sports/ Cross Fit sessions at after school clubs thanks to the support and training he has gained while working at SESKU Academy, recently Aaron has been offered a regular sports coaching role within Stockingate Junior School where he has continued to improve children’s health and increase opportunities in sports.

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75%60 out of 79 / 16 - 18 Age Group Into College
35%42 out of 118 / Unemployed 24 - 65 Age Groups Back To Work
63%124 out of 180 / 16 - 24 Age Groups Into Training
91%191 out of 210 / 18 - 65 Year Olds Gain Qualifications
38%50 out of 132 / 18 - 24 Years Olds Into Employment
Why Choose Us
SESKU Academy works hard to make sure young people have a place to engage in sports and activities to help them grow and improve.
We offer lots of accredited training in various subjects like Security (SIA) , First Aid & Health & Safety all these skills improve chances of employment.
At SESKU we aim to help unemployed people find jobs or training courses, we offer support with C.V building and interview techniques to improve confidence.
We run holiday clubs in school holidays to give children a chance to get involved in various activities and trips, the main idea is based around fun and the kids love it.
Young people form the SESKU area are isolated and excluded from activities due to the predominantly rural nature of the communities, and the high levels of deprivation which makes cost and travel impossible for many. Young people need local activities that improve their personal development and strengthen the social attributes of the community. Young Peoples Future will enable children and young people to have opportunities that would otherwise not be available to access. These children and young people are isolated and socially excluded. They are disengaged from fulfilling life chances mainly due to lack of confidence, low levels of self esteem and self worth and low aspirations and goals achievements, which in turn leads to low educational attainment, low level mental health issues and issues with future employability. Many young people come from family backgrounds where unemployment, long term health conditions, crime, violence and drugs and alcohol abuse are common.
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