Charity named runner up at UK Coaching's Awards

Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust (YST) has been recognised for developing hundreds of young people’s leadership, activism and coaching skills at the prestigious UK Coaching Awards.

Following a star-studded event at The HAC in London last night, the YST was named as one of the finalists in UK Coaching’s ‘Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year’ category.

Earlier this year, the charity held its first ever Girls Active Coaches Camp for girls aged 16 to 18 in partnership with This Girl Can, Loughborough University and Women in Sport, with funding from Sport England National Lottery. The camp, which was used as a key part of the charity’s award application, was also supported by a host of National Governing Bodies.

The award was won by British Canoeing in Nottingham.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

While we have been delivering youth leadership camps for over 20 years, this was the first time we have focused specifically on young women who have a real appetite for ‘activism’ and coaching. Throughout the camp we focused on how to harness their talents and make a difference to others both in and through sport.

“It is a huge honour to be a finalist for this award. The young people we had the privilege of working with were engaged, energetic and gave us all enormous hope in what they will achieve in the future.”

The judging panel, consisted of experts from the coaching, sport and physical activity sector, deliberated from a record amount of nominations to select 33 finalists across 11 categories.

The Girls Active Coaches Camp was the first of its kind to be delivered by YST and celebrated all that sport can do in giving young girls opportunities across their lifetime and careers.

During the camp the girls were able to develop their coaching skills in Softball, dance, tennis, parkour, korfball and football and these sports were chosen to help the young women understand different motivations and interests and equip them with content and capability to engage their least active peers back at school.

The girls in attendance heard from strong female role models including professional tennis coach Judy Murray, assistant coach to the Lionesses, Casey Stoney, and Guardian writer Anna Kessel.

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