Healthy Lifestyle Champions

YST Healthy Lifestyle Champions
This programme offers secondary schools an innovative approach to engagement of students in low socio-economic groups using the power of peer leaders, non-traditional sporting activity and YST Athlete Mentor led training to create behaviour change and increase wellbeing.

The Healthy Lifestyle Champions (HLC) programme, funded through Sport England National Lottery funding, supports 50+ secondary schools across England with funding, training and resources to address the disparities in participation and access experienced by those in lowest income groups.

The programme aims to address the wealth of research that demonstrates that young people from families of low socio-economic status have less opportunities to take part in sporting activities, have less representation in out of hours PE and Sport and are consequently linked to having poorer health, wellbeing and future prospects.

Did you know...

  • 47% of boys in the lowest income group compared to 26% in the highest did less than 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. For girls, the figures were 49% and 35% respectively
  • People from lower social groups were 34% more likely than those from higher groups to feel that local sports facilities were too expensive or inaccessible for them to use.

The programme aims to tackle these issues through five phases delivered throughout the academic year:

  1. Recruitment and Peer Leader Identification - Lead practitioner identifies a target group of young people in school to benefit from the programme and then select 8 Healthy Lifestyle Champions (Year 7-9) to receive national training from YST.
  2. Training - YST deliver a set of national conferences for Healthy Lifestyle Champions and project leads to develop leadership skills of champions, whilst also sharing best practice and insight to ensure an informed and sustainable delivery of the intervention.
  3. Consultation - The lead practitioner works to identify a target group of students to undertake a detailed review of Young Peoples engagement and activity habits through surveys and focus groups. Following the analysis of the feedback, the schools select a thematic response to match latent demand.
  4. Festival - Healthy Lifestyle Champions are supported by the lead practitioner to create and deliver a wellbeing activation festival utilising an aspirational role model to targeted students.
  5. Creating habitual change - Healthy Lifestyle Champions are further supported to deliver a 10-week block of activity to young people in selected non-traditional sports.

By placing peer leadership at the core of delivery and the development of leadership, coaching and activist behaviours of Healthy Lifestyle Champions, the programme aims to create behaviour change of students and increase wellbeing.

For further information, please contact:

Roman Neveykin 
Development Officer - Leadership Programmes
roman.neveykin@youthsporttrust.org
07701 007432