Our Work

YST International - Our Work
In 2018/19 we worked in 25 countries, delivering training and sport for development projects to improve the lives of young people through physical activity and sport.
Leadership development

These interventions all aspired to address the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development – promoting good health and wellbeing, providing quality education, tackling gender inequality and reducing poverty.

British Council - promoting sports to young people in the Gulf

As part of the British Council’s Next Generation Gulf programme, Youth Sport Trust International has been contracted since January 2017 to deliver training to upskill PE and sport teachers and practitioners in six countries in the Gulf region – Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. 

A youth sport leadership intervention has been established which uses sport to develop young people’s leadership skills and support them to deliver festivals promoting physical activity to their peers and younger children. The Youth Sport Award has also been introduced to inspire young people to take part in more physical activity and become volunteers in sport. 


YST International has continued to partner with Nike on their community ambassadors programme by delivering training sessions in Italy and the Netherlands to support store employees to become volunteers and lead sports activity sessions in their local communities.

European Union

Working across Europe has continued to be a priority, sharing practice at conferences and working collaboratively with organisations in 15 countries on European Commission Erasmus+ sport funded projects which:

  • Empower sporting organisations to become active partners for schools to increase physical activity and healthy lifestyles
  • Develop a European School physical activity label to recognise good practice and encourage engagement
  • Look at the competencies gained through physical literacy and their contribution to education, the sustainable development goals and lifelong learning.

Beckwith International Leadership Development Programme

Funding for the Beckwith International Leadership Development (BILD) programme in St Lucia came to an end in 2018. We are delighted that the St Lucian Government has recognised BILD as a critical intervention to enhance the skills, competencies and pathways for young people and has taken the decision to continue with the programme.


  • Island-wide coverage with 8,000 children and young people reached through sports festivals and a total of 85,000 people reached as a result of volunteering events.
  • Each of the 545 young sports leaders who have been trained aim to give 100 hours for volunteering at local and national sporting events.


  • National governing bodies for sport now approach the BILD programme for volunteers at their events, enhancing the skills of the young sport leaders by providing additional training in officiating

The programme will continue to be led by the Department of Youth Development and Sports within the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government as a way to increase aspirations amongst the young people on the island.