Equality and Diversity

YST Equality and Diversity
Through our work we strive to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to participate in high quality PE and sport, regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender, ability or indeed any other personal characteristic.

We currently have a number of policies in relation to our commitment to equality and diversity:

  • Diversity Action Plan 2017-2020
  • Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Transgender People Policy. 

These policies are available to download in full from the right-hand side of this page.

Defining success

We want to ensure that:

  • Every employee and individual we directly work with feels included and valued by the Youth Sport Trust. We measure this through employee suveys and programme evaluations.
  • Our organisational policies and practices meet and work to exceed industry standards. We measure this though the Equality Standards for Sport, ISO quality management standards and the Best Companies Index.
  • The diversity of our leadership is representative, and we continue to proactively advance equality of opportunity for all young people in sport and physical education. We measure this through our Diversity Action Plan, the Equality Standards for Sport, equality impact assessments, programme evaluations and our annual impact reports.

Equality and Diversity: Our commitment

Our Chief Executive, Ali Oliver,  sets out why celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion are central to everything the Youth Sport Trust was founded to achieve:

As we work towards a future where every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport, there can be no bigger priority than breaking down the barriers of inequality and discrimination. Time and again research shows that young people who feel they don’t fit in – perhaps because they have a disability, come from a different background or identify as LGBT – are among the least likely to benefit from the power of sport to help them in life.

Every child is unique and one of the aims of our work is to help them establish who they are, and who they want to be. At a time when acceptance, fitting in and self-esteem are so high on young people’s agenda, this has never been more important. 

This commitment to diversity and inclusion not only runs through all of our work, but it guides the way we go about it.

It has always filled me with a great sense of pride to work for an organisation which really does welcome all. YST has a strong organisational culture which respects difference, values individuality and unites people around that thing we have in common – a belief in the future of all young people, and the role sport can play in improving their life chances. 

Our charity is full of people with different skills, personalities, experiences and identities, all of whom help us make a difference to so many young lives. We believe in allowing people to be themselves, be respected for who they are, and we value the way that individual difference enriches our lives and our work.

I am passionately committed to ensuring that we maintain and grow this strong inclusive culture at the heart of the Youth Sport Trust. We want to ensure that we attract and employ a diverse range of people and appeal to as many people as possible, regardless of their gender, gender identity, age, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or cultural identity.

Our Equality and Diversity Policy will help us to hold ourselves accountable for ensuring every young person has a genuine and equal opportunity to take part in our work and that this work is actively championing diversity and breaking down barriers. We will do this with a workforce which reflects the communities we serve and where every employee feels valued and has equal opportunities to progress and make their own contribution to improving young lives through sport.

Ali Oliver - Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive