Junior Choices

Many children in North Manchester have had a tough start to life. MYZ can’t change their pasts but we are here to help improve their futures.

Junior Choices is our award winning 10-week intervention programme for young people in Years 5-7 at school who are at risk of getting involved in anti-social behaviour or being mislead. They may not engage much with education and are likely to become even less engaged as they get older. 

We use the power of sports, the arts, and adventurous activities to instill confidence, self-worth, leadership skills and positive role models in their lives. We will help them develop new friendships and improve existing relationships with peers and adults.

There are no skill levels required. We work with young people – both existing members and those new to the Youth Zone. 

This project is referral only. To find out more or refer a young person to the Junior Choices programme, please send a message using the form below or call Dan and Phil on 0161 203 5333

About the Junior Choices Programme

Weeks 1-4:

1:1 sessions and working with small groups with the Junior Choices team to build key relationships and set goals. 

Weeks 5-9:

Groups of 10 will take part in team-building sports, such as football and basketball. There will also be more challenging activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, and water sports. There will be 1:1 support to review long-term goals and provide positive feedback.

Week 10:

Celebration Week! The young people will also be directed to other suitable programmes and agencies, including being a fully integrated member of Manchester Youth Zone. 


There may also be exciting opportunities for young people to go on a five-day residential with Outward Bound in Wales or the Lake District. The brand new environment pushes them out of their comfort zone to develop their confidence and interpersonal skills. 


Contact Us

Danny Jones-Percival

Targeted Youth Worker

The work I am part of in the targeted projects for young people at Manchester Youth Zone and in the community makes a huge difference in their lives.

Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson

Sports Intervention Worker

Watching young people rise to the challenge of football, skateboarding, rock climbing, or mountain biking shows me – and them – they are capable of anything.