The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity, established 15 years ago by Sir John Beckwith CBE and Duncan Goodhew MBE, with a mission to build a brighter future for young people through PE and sport. We are focused on creating a world-leading PE and sport system that reaches, inspires and engages all young people – whatever their age or ability.
We encourage children to do more PE and sport by developing different ways of getting them interested and involved. This can be everything from running training camps for the next generation of Olympic hopefuls, or using sport as a way of helping youngsters who may be struggling at school or introducing new ways for young people to lead and volunteer in sport in their community.
There is a growing belief that PE and school sport can make a major contribution to many agendas – educational achievement, public health, community cohesion and, of course, sporting performance at the highest level. We want to help young people to live healthy and active lives and to be the best they can be. Sport can be used as a great way to help them achieve this.
Some recent highlights of the Youth Sport Trust’s work:
• National School Sport Week: Over 4 million young people and 14,000 schools took part in our National School Sport Week campaign in 2010, which
uses the power of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to get more young people to do more sport.
• Competition in schools: through our work on increasing inter and intra school competition in schools, the latest School Sport Survey results (England
only, Oct 10) show a ‘very large increase’ in the number of pupils participating in intra-school competition: up from 69% in 2008/09 to 78% in 2009/10.
• UK School Games: 1,500 of the UK’s top young athletes took part in the UK School Games this summer. This is the pinnacle sporting competition
for school-age athletes in the UK and is the result of our in-depth work with National Governing Bodies on pathways for young people to progress in
• Creating young leaders and volunteers:
• through our projects over 80,000 young people have become directly involved in sports based leadership and volunteering over the last year alone.
• Our Young Ambassadors initiative has recruited and trained 5,000 inspiring youngsters to be role models in their schools – their main aim to increase sports participation – since its inception in 2006.
For more information visit www.youthsporttrust.org