Charity is in top 30 best not for profit places to work in UK

A charity which pioneers new ways of using sport to improve children’s wellbeing and young people’s life chances is one of the best places to work in the UK, according to the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Companies to Work For list.

Employees at the Youth Sport Trust are among some of the most fulfilled in the UK’s workplaces. Based in Loughborough but operating on a national scale, the Youth Sport Trust is placed 29th on the list of 100 companies.

Founder and CEO of the Sunday Times, Jonathan Austin, said:

"I would like to congratulate the Youth Sport Trust on their achievement of a Two Star Accreditation status and being named as one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work for.

Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace. We are proud that organisations like the Youth Sport Trust focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that they’re a best company to work for.

The charity which describes itself as values centred and mission led engages all staff in the leadership and direction of the organisation. Its Employee Forum plays a central role in key decisions and it invests time directly in the development of a culture which fosters innovation, creativity and personal passion. 

Ali Oliver, who has been Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust since 2015, said:

This is a proud moment for us as a charity and it is a tribute to the amazingly passionate people that are the driving force behind the Youth Sport Trust.

Our values are deeply embedded in everything we do. In particular, partnership working is vital to us and I am proud to see this reflected in our recent impact report which draws on the work we have done with all of our wonderful partners, sponsors, funders and supporters.

The Youth Sport Trust encourages its employees to engage in 30 active minutes every day with top tips shared around the workplace on how to actively spend time away from desks. It also runs free yoga sessions and gives employees additional days holiday to spend quality time with their families.

Dress down Fridays also take place during which staff can wear Kappa sponsored sports kit, and last year its Loughborough headquarters underwent an office refurb which saw its values of Trust, Responsibility, Integrity and Partnership Working embedded in the design of the office. These values are at the heart of the charity’s monthly ‘Extra Mile’ letters of recognition which are sent to employees’ homes once a month to celebrate nominations by staff at every level of the organisation.

In the last year, the charity has supported hundreds of thousands of young people and worked with more than 20,000 schools across the UK. It also operates on a global level through its sister charity Youth Sport Trust International.

The Youth Sport Trust is supporting children through play and sport at a time when a generation is growing up ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. Children are struggling with their mental health, an obesity crisis, rising levels of stress and a decline in empathy and resilience. It helps to support young people by providing opportunities for them to experience high quality PE and the life-changing benefits of sport.

For more information about the Youth Sport Trust visit www.youthsporttrust.org or to read its latest Impact report visit www.youthsporttrust.org/our-impact






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