Empowering activism

YST Empowering activism
Empower young people through sport to become local activists, tackling the issues of their generation.

We will equip them with the skills, confidence and opportunities to lead change in their communities.

Children’s wellbeing is in decline. Young people are feeling less happy about their physical health, many feel disconnected from their families and communities and unable to influence decisions that affect their lives and futures.

Did you know?

  • 71% of young people in the UK report feeling disenfranchised, and that their voices are not heard at all or their opinions do not make a change anyway
  • 28% of young people do not currently feel in control of their lives.

We want to change this. We want to empower young people to make a difference by providing them with opportunities to develop and lead their own projects to bring about change within their communities.

Through our programmes young people will develop skills in planning, leadership, marketing and event management which help them devise and run social action projects on issues they care about.

There is compelling evidence that young people who volunteer and take part in social action initiatives develop critical skills for employment and adulthood.


  • Collaborate with young people to identify their needs and develop initiatives which enhance wellbeing
  • Support children to take action themselves
  • Work with organisations supporting young people to create more social action opportunities
  • Demonstrate credibility through impact.

To read our full strategy please click here or click below to look at another objective. 

Our Strategy

In 2018 we launched our new four-year strategy, focusing on six objectives. At the heart of these objectives is a goal to tackle the alarming decline in young people's wellbeing.
Continue Reading

Transforming physical education

Transform PE's place in the curriculum, putting it at the centre of wellbeing and achievement in education.
Continue Reading

Removing barriers to sport

Harness global best practice to ensure youth sport in the UK is inclusive, accessible and fun.
Continue Reading

Unlocking potential

Unlock sport's potential at every stage of a child's life, especially where they face inequality or disadvantage.
Continue Reading

Championing insight

Champion the impact of physical activity, PE and sport through research and insight.
Continue Reading

Strengthening foundations

Strengthen our foundations to ensure we can sustain our mission.
Continue Reading