Young Changemaker Awards

The awards celebrate individuals and groups of young people who, working alongside Youth Sport Trust & Youth Sport Trust International over the past year, have made a real and impactful change to their life and the lives of others.

2023 Winners

The following award winners were unveiled at a star-studded red-carpet award ceremony in London in January 2024.

YST Young Health Champion Award winner – Caitlin Seabourne

This award recognises a young person who has used the power of PE, Play and Sport to change lives.

Caitlin has won the Young Health Champion Award for her exceptional dedication to using sport as a tool for mental health and well-being. Overcoming personal struggles during lockdown, she made positive health changes, achieved athletic milestones, and became a role model. As a Youth Ambassador Panel Member, Caitlin shares her project ideas for Women and Girls football, showcasing her commitment to making a positive impact.


YST Young Activist Award winner – Oliver Dempsey

This award recognises a young ambassador who is a role model and leader for sport in their community.

Oliver's passion for inclusivity in sports, despite facing challenges as a wheelchair user, earned him the Young Activist Award. His active involvement in 'Sport4All' events and the introduction of wheelchair basketball to School Games demonstrated his leadership. Oliver's positive attitude showcases his commitment to breaking barriers and changing perceptions.

YST Inspirational Inclusive Leader Award winner – Eden Hays

This award recognises a young person with special educational needs or a disability, who is engaging in sport and is an inspiration to others.

Eden, overcoming challenges of dwarfism and epilepsy, triumphed in the Inspirational Inclusive Leader category. Engaging in various sports, including Para Dressage and swimming, she became an active leader in Girls Active, inspiring others with her resilience. Eden's dedication to inclusivity and her role in mainstream and Invictus events make her an exemplary leader. She received the award for her continuous strength and encouragement for others.

YST Inspirational Female Leader Award winner - Laila Stanley

This award recognises an inspirational female young leader who is leading the charge to close the gender enjoyment and participation gap in sport.

Laila's exceptional leadership in promoting girls' football earned her the Inspirational Female Leader Award. As a Barclays Game Changer, she initiated a girls' football club, coached her peers, and organised successful events. Laila's infectious passion and dedication led to increased participation, leaving a legacy at Waterhead Academy. Her commitment to empowering students and creating opportunities makes her a deserving winner of the award.

YST Greatest Turnaround Through Sport Award winners - Arman Tandon and Lucas Banks

This award recognises a young person who has overcome challenges and barriers to find a sense of belonging in sport.

Arman and Lucas, through the Boys Move programme, achieved the Greatest Turnaround Through Sport Award. Overcoming initial difficulties in forming relationships, they found friendship and support in each other through boxing. Their improved emotional resilience and well-being demonstrate the positive impact of sports. The award recognises their remarkable transformation and the role of physical education in fostering connections and enhancing students' overall wellbeing.

YST Inspirational International Leader Award winner – Marlene Zinga

The Beckwith Care Award celebrates a young person from an international community who is driving the development of their community through PE, play and Sport.

Marlene's outstanding coaching in Paris, focusing on girls' and women's football, earned her the International Young Leader Award. From coaching young boys at 15 to leading a female U13 team, Marlene demonstrated commitment and skill. Her participation in the Nike Made to Play Coach Educator Programme showcased her dedication to positive coaching experiences. Marlene's achievements internationally make her an inspirational leader, recognised with pride for her contributions to the development of women's football.

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2024 Awards

We will be welcoming nominations for the 2024 Awards during the Autumn Term - remember to check back here for the latest news and opportunities to get involved.