More than 630,000 children supported to have better wellbeing through sport & play
The Youth Sport Trust (YST) has today revealed through its annual Impact report that it helped 630,000 young people benefit from training and opportunities to participate in high, quality inclusive sport and play last year.
Children’s charity joins forces with parents’ advisory group to improve sport for young people
The Youth Sport Trust has partnered with Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences, through supporting parents, coaches and other organisations.
Charity among first in Leics to be awarded inclusive status
Loughborough-based children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has been awarded with a Disability Confident Leader status - and is the second organisation in Leicestershire to achieve the inclusive recognition.
'Young voices can be ignored no longer' say more than 140 children's orgranisations
More than 140 children's charities and organisations have made calls for children to be prioritised in Parliament when the next Government is formed. The National Children's Bureau has led calls through an open letter.
More than 40 leading sports organisations have today published an open letter to leaders of all the main UK political parties asking for them to make a commitment during the election campaign around ensuring every young person gets to enjoy 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day.
The Girls Active Awards 2019 was held at the Houses of Parliament on November 6 th , with winners and their guests attending, along with a host of Girls Active Ambassadors, hosted by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Birmingham school says programme has helped it to become best version of itself
Before taking part in a city-wide initiative linking 20 schools across Birmingham through sport, 13-year-old Ashaunti Mufchett says she only ever saw other young people from schools outside of hers as ‘the competition’.
New app helping parents of talented young athletes
On Parents in Sport Week, the charity is raising awareness of its free to access Performance Parent app to give parents more support in protecting children's wellbeing who compete at elite sport level.
Schools to fly the flag for wellbeing with active education programme
The man who ran 401 marathons in 401 days around the UK has partnered with the Youth Sport Trust to create an education programme for schools to guide young people on a journey to wellbeing and be part of his next 14,001-mile endurance challenge.
Play time and sport with school children just what the doctor ordered
School children across the country are supporting ‘at risk’ older adults to lead healthy and happy lives through a new project developed by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and supported by GPs.
Charity concerned about schools with no sports facilities
Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, Ali Oliver, comments as reports arise of new schools opening without any PE or sport facilities on-site. It was reported that 17 free schools opened last year without any on-site sports facilities.
Children’s charity creates toolkit to help schools reframe competition
National children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has launched an interactive toolkit and campaign to support the reframing of competition in school sports, following a successful 12-month pilot delivered through Sport England’s National Lottery investment in the School Games.
New report finds active play helps two to five-year-olds prepare for school
A national children’s charity has said bringing groups of parents and early years teachers together for play in the country’s lowest ranking district for social mobility is improving the ability of two to five-year-olds to communicate and be school ready.
Elite athletes and parents supported with wellbeing through new initiative
A new partnership which sees 11 national governing bodies of sport work with a national children’s sports charity will help educate up and coming young athletes in the rigours of performance sport, protecting their mental health and wellbeing.
The campaign, led by the Sport for Development Coalition and key partners, is aimed at encouraging 21,000 sports coaches and volunteers to become trained in mental health awareness by the year 2021. The Youth Sport Trust is proud to joing the campaign and support future generations of young people.
Charity urges PM to make PE and sport first order of business
As Boris Johnson is announced as the next PM, children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has reiterated its calls for tackling inactivity to be a national priority. The charity said there is a need for a long-term, joined-up plan to tackle this national crisis and it is encouraging that the new Prime Minister has committed to this being a key pillar of his programme for government.
Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson pledge to tackle inactivity
During YST National School Sport Week 2019, YST along with almost 100 partners wrote a joint letter to the two Conservative Party leadership candidates, urging them to commit to tackling the decline in young people's wellbeing and make it a priority to ensure every child enjoys at least 60 active minutes every day. These are their responses.
National School Sport Week sees thousands of schools join campaign to protect PE
Giant sand sculptures, campaigning across the UK to raise awareness of PE and sport’s importance, and dozens of MP visits to school sports days. National School Sport Week 2019 had a theme of Five Ways to Wellbeing and saw thousands of schools and organisations take part.
We ask you to publicly pledge that tackling the decline in young people’s overall wellbeing will be a key pillar of your programme for government, and that your government will set out bold, ambitious and measurable targets to harness the power of play, sport and physical education to ensure every child enjoys at least 60 active minutes a day.
YST National School Sport Week 2019 launches in Manchester
YST National School Sport Week commenced on Monday 24 June with a Five Ways to Wellbeing Festival at Flixton Girls School – part of the Healthy Learning Trust, bringing together schools from across Manchester.
Thousands of schools mark YST National School Sport Week 2019
Thousands of schools, are joining a national campaign led by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust (YST) calling for greater awareness of the importance of sport and Physical Education to young people’s wellbeing.
Sport and physical activity sector agrees out-of-curriculum coach deployment guidance for primary schools
The first detailed guidance on how the sport and physical activity sector’s professional standards framework will affect the deployment of coaches in primary schools out of curriculum time in England has been published.
Almost two in three UK adults agree Physical Education should be a core subject
Almost two in three UK adults agree that Physical Education should be a core subject in the national curriculum, new research conducted by YouGov on behalf of children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has found.
Charity launches countdown to YST National School Sport Week
Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has today started the countdown for this summer’s YST National School Sport Week – with a call for more time on the curriculum for Physical Education in every school.
New school resources shine a light on Women’s World Cup
A history of women’s football, how to achieve your dreams and spotlighting inspiring female role models will be taught in classrooms across the country in the build up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June.
The Youth Sport Trust is pleased to lend its support to a recent government petition, created by councillor Eartha Pond, to make PE a core subject, with a minimum of two hours allocated weekly, across Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5.
Girls who are ambassadors for physical activity will have the chance to celebrate their achievements in getting more of their peers active with the launch of the 2019 Girls Active Northern Ireland Awards.
Girls need more confidence to coach, research shows
Data released today by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust shows more than one in three girls have a desire to coach/lead in school but only a small number are currently taking up the opportunity.
The Youth Sport Trust is committed to making sure all areas of its work are as inclusive as possible and we hope that this new addition will act as a first step to ensuring that anyone who wishes to engage with our digital platforms can do so.
Girls invited to enter awards which celebrate PE and getting active
Girls from across more than 300 primary and secondary schools in England will have the chance to be recognised for their work to inspire more girls in their school to get active, through the 2019 Girls Active Awards.
Sweeping success for schools & young people at charity’s Awards
Schools, educational organisations and young people across the country have picked up prestigious national awards for using the power of PE, school sport and physical activity to change the lives of young people during the Youth Sport Trust’s 2019 Annual Conference.
Pioneering the benefits of physical activity on Children’s Mental Health Week
On Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week , children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has said in a world full of pressures related to exams, family life and exposure to social media, it is important to raise awareness of the benefits physical activity can have on mental wellbeing.
Young people shoot for the stars at Unified Basketball festival
More than 240 primary and secondary school children from across Berkshire, both with and without intellectual disabilities, Special Educational Needs and other disabilities, have taken part in a ‘unified basketball’ and games festival.
YST ambassador to cycle and run through all 50 USA capital states
Ben Smith aims to raise £1 million for the Youth Sport Trust and the 401 Foundation while demonstrating the positive effects physical activity can have on confidence, self esteem and overall mental health.
'Turn PE depts. into departments of health & wellbeing' says charity
The Youth Sport Trust has responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Prevention is Better Than Cure vision after it encourages people to take more responsibility for managing their own health.
Just one in 30 of children aged either nine or ten completes the recommended amount of daily exercise. The data, reported in the Mail on Sunday, was gathered by researchers at the universities of Exeter and Plymouth.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, has today given his Autumn Budget speech which he says is for the 'strivers, grafters, and the carers'. Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, comments.
Youth Sport Trust response to UK Active’s Generation Inactive 2 report
Responding to UK Active’s Generation Inactive 2 report , Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: “UK Active are absolutely right to be sounding a warning about the decline in physical activity among young people and its consequences. Today’s young people are among the least active ever, and their wellbeing is in desperate decline."
Dame Katherine Grainger discusses athlete wellbeing at School Games
As more than 1,000 athletes compete in the 2018 School Games, a springboard for future sports stars, Dame Katherine Grainger discusses why medals and success cannot come at the expense of athlete’s wellbeing.
Teenagers’ fast footwork impress England Rose at 2018 School Games
As the charity delivers the School Games National Finals, the biggest multi-sport event for the nation’s most talented school aged athletes this weekend (30 August to 2 September) with funding from Sport England National Lottery, a targeted group of teenage girls have been inspired by thousands of aspiring athletes and England Rose Beth Cobden.
BLOG: Teachers want PE to be more valued, but do we truly understand why we teach it?
As the news headlines continue to stack up around childhood obesity and declining mental wellbeing in young people, Youth Sport Trust Head of Physical Education and Achievement Will Swaithes, discusses why PE is only as good as its weakest link and considers whether we really know its true value.
Charity celebrates London 2012 legacy as record numbers compete in school sport
Six years to the day since the opening of London 2012, one of the biggest legacy projects to come out of the UK’s opportunity to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games is celebrating its most successful year to date.
City Quiz raises record £10,000 for YST International
A cheque for £10,000 has been presented to Youth Sport Trust International by the organisers of the City Quiz, an annual event which was again staged at The Alice Bar in London. The funds raised will help us to deliver training and sport for development projects all over the world.
BLOG: Why we need to do more to make sport inclusive for all
Following Disability Awareness Day (15 July), Development Manager for the Youth Sport Trust’s Inclusive Sport Programmes Vicci Wells, discusses inclusivity and ensuring accessible, inspiring and meaningful opportunities for all.
BLOG: How our school is supporting young people to achieve their potential through sport
Keeping children and young people active is high on the agenda at Hawkedon Primary School. The school has seen the benefits that participating in sport and PE brings and this is why it supported children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust.
As a teacher in Sheffield, I think cycling is really important to learn not only for the physical benefits like reducing obesity and for stress levels, but to boost children’s emotional and mental health.
The FA and Youth Sport Trust celebrate engaging more girls
As England prepare to face Belgium in the FIFA World Cup today, the FA and Youth Sport Trust are celebrating engaging hundreds of female football activators through the Game of Our Own partnership during National School Sport Week.
Teachers need more support to nurture a love of PE and school sport
As new data is released today from the National Child Measurement Programme , the Youth Sport Trust has said more support should be given to teachers to help primary school children develop a love of PE and movement.
New resource tool gives teachers skills to get children cycling
British Cycling and HSBC UK, in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, have launched a new programme in schools with the aim of ensuring that every child in the UK is given the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.
BLOG: How mentally healthy schools could tackle declining wellbeing
Chris Wright, Head of Wellbeing at the Youth Sport Trust, discusses how a Greater Manchester collaboration could create a blueprint for addressing the decline in young people’s wellbeing on Mental Health Awareness Week.
Charity calls on government to invest in PE to tackle mental health
Commenting on the Education and Health and Social Care Committees response to the government's Green Paper on children's mental health, the Youth Sport Trust has said it is disappointing to see little reference to the link between physical activity, play and sport on mental health.
BLOG: How do we use active play to address the ‘word gap’?
With the announcement by DfE of two multi-million-pound schemes to help boost early language and literacy development for disadvantaged children, Chris Wright Head of Wellbeing at the Youth Sport Trust, discusses why play should be part of the language development discussion.
New data reveals young people increasingly unhappy with their friendships
As new data is released by the ONS around children's wellbeing and social relationships, YST Chief Executive Officer Ali Oliver, has responded to findings around the proportion of children aged 10 to 15 who are increasingly unhappy with their friendships.
Ground-breaking programme to build healthier and happier communities through cricket
Breaking Boundaries, funded by Spirit of 2012, will be delivered by the Youth Sport Trust and Sporting Equals. It will use cricket to bring different ethnic and faith communities closer together, fostering mutual respect and friendships.
Children inspired by Winter Paralympians at festivals
Young people with and without Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) are set to try their hand at a series of winter sports like New Age Kurling and Para Biathlon as part of a series of celebratory festivals.
The Youth Sport Trust (YST) has teamed up with Sophie Radcliffe, adventure athlete, blogger and now, youth mentor on a new innovative programme to boost confidence and self-belief among teenage girls and get them active.
How to spend it: A guide to Primary PE & Sport Premium
In light of Minister Nadhim Zahawi’s announcement on the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding at our Conference this week, Chief Executive of YST Ali Oliver blogs about how schools can create a lasting legacy.
As we start a new school term, this blog focuses on the importance of including all young people in decision making, and the key questions Governors and Trustees should be asking to ensure true diversity of thought in our schools.
Girls 'Step Up for Change' at Aylesbury launch event
A new programme which will encourage 14 to 18-year-olds to inspire and guide younger, primary-aged girls to love PE, sport and physical activity and set them up for future healthy and happy lives has launched in Aylesbury today.
More than 30,960 boccia balls have been thrown and 200 seated volleyball games taken place in a bid to get primary school children across the UK thinking about how they can be more inclusive at school.
Programme rolled out to get girls active in Northern Ireland
Getting more teenage girls active is the aim of a programme to be rolled out across parts of Northern Ireland following a successful four-month pilot with nearly 1,500 girls and 10 schools in the country.
National mental and physical health initiative launched in schools
A new national initiative led by youth sport charity the Youth Sport Trust to improve the physical, social and mental wellbeing of secondary school children will be piloted in 25 schools across the country.
BLOG: How we are giving pupils a positive start to the day
Anna Sullivan, Acting Deputy Headteacher at Cardwell Primary School in Woolwich, blogs about how extra funding through the Primary PE and sport premium is ensuring her pupils get a healthy and happy start to the day.
How to get your children active – 10 top tips for parents
‘How do I become a better sports parent?’ is a question parents may be asking themselves. For Parents in Sport Week we have created 10 top tips across the three key stages of your child’s sporting development on how you can support them to be the best they can be.
Does your secondary PE offer need a facelift to be more meaningful and relevant to students and senior leaders? Do you want to debate and inform on future policy around secondary PE? If so, this road show is for you!
Find out more about the positive difference we have made to the lives of young people, through improving mental and physical wellbeing, providing leadership opportunities and increasing their overall achievement level.
A host of young elite athletes, coaches and officials will find out how to reach their potential in the sporting field when they join World and Paralympic Champion Hannah Cockroft at the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp.
13 Olympians and Paralympians, who work as Athlete Mentors for the Youth Sport Trust, are making final preparations to their game ahead of the global multi-sports competition which gets underway on 5 August.
Out of school activities improve children’s educational attainment, study reveals
YST welcomes a report from UCL’s Institute of Education which identifies that participating in organised sports and joining after school clubs can help to improve academic performance and social skills.
National School Sport Week has been hailed a huge success after more than 5,000 schools from across England and Wales took part in a range of exciting activities to celebrate the event from 22-26 June.
International Inspiration programme announces 20th programme in Egypt
LOCOG today announced that London 2012's ground-breaking legacy programme, International Inspiration, which is supported by the Youth Sport Trust, has kept its promise to reach 12 million children in 20 countries around the world.
LOCOG has announced that International Inspiration, London 2012's international legacy programme, supported by the Youth Sport Trust, has launched in Ethiopia, becoming the 19th country to join the programme.
Jonathan Edwards and Stef Reid inspire Young Ambassadors at Twickenham Stadium
Former Olympic triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Bronze medallist, Stef Reid, made their way to London today, along with the Olympic Torch, to open the Young Ambassador Conference at Twickenham Stadium.
Sport stars inspire Young Ambassadors to spread Olympic Word in York
Seven Olympic and Paralympic sports champions, including British triathlete and Beijing Olympian, Will Clarke, made their way to York yesterday, along with the Olympic Torch, to the Young Ambassador conference at York Race Course.
Sky Sports Living for Sport announces 2011/12 Athlete Mentor line-up
Sporting stars are to join Olympic sprint legend Darren Campbell's team of Athlete Mentors as they visit schools in across the UK to help improve the lives of thousands of young people on behalf of Sky Sports Living for Sport during the new academic year.
Sue Campbell, joined Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt and Lord Coe today at the Aquatics Centre to announce details of the 2012 School Games national event, taking place in the Olympic Park next year.
The Youth Sport Trust is today welcoming the findings of a new Ofsted report that highlights the impact that School Sport Partnerships [SSPs] have had in using sport to engage pupils across the curriculum.
Sir Chris Hoy and Jonathan Edwards launch Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week
The London 2012 Olympic Games arrived early at Southfields Community College in London today as school children enjoyed a morning to remember to celebrate the start of this year's Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week.