Olympic champion Jason Gardener MBE will today join young people at the Youth Sport Trust’s Future Sport Leaders event in Manchester, which aims to motivate and inspire participants to take up decision making roles in their local area.
Jason, who is a Youth Sport Trust Ambassador and President of UK Athletics, will support 90 young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to help them develop their communication and influencing skills both at school and in their local communities. The event is delivered in partnership with Sporting Equals, an organisation that promotes ethnic diversity in sport and the national partner of Sport England.
Through a range of interactive workshops and guest appearances from motivational speakers and Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentors, the young leaders will be encouraged to help shape the sport and physical activities on offer to their peers. They will also find out how they can carry their active involvement in sports management and governance through into adulthood.
Jason Gardener said:
I am thrilled to be joining the next generation of leaders in British sport at the Future Sport Leaders event. I believe that it is so important to invest time and energy into inspiring young people from all backgrounds to give them the chance to be the best that they can be. I hope that I can motivate and empower them to take a leading role in their schools and communities.
Amongst the young people taking part is Harleen Kaur, who is nominated for a British Ethnic Diversity Sports Award in the Young Sportsperson of the Year category, which the Youth Sport Trust sponsor. 18-year-old Kick boxer Harleen became the WMKF World Champion Silver Medallist last year.
Also in the running for the award is para swimmer Alice Tai, who has represented Great Britain at both European and World Championships and Haseeb Hameed, England’s youngest opening batsman, who has been vital to the success of his Lancashire club and was named their Player of the Year 2016.
The Lycamobile BEDSAs, taking place on Saturday 18 March in London, celebrate diversity in sport by recognising individual achievements and encouraging young people from BAME communities to continue their sporting prowess in later life.
Ali Oliver, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive said: “Here at Youth Sport Trust, we believe all young people have a right to access and enjoy sport and physical activities. Initiatives like Future Sport Leaders and the BEDSAs are central to the creation and promotion of this. We are very proud to partner Sporting Equals in both initiatives, and believe the power and impact of them will lead to more inclusive and representative participation in the future.”