The Youth Sport Trust and the YMCA have today (Tuesday 16 October) announced an exciting new partnership that will further enhance both organisations' reach and impact within schools and communities.
The partnership will see the Youth Sport Trust share its knowledge and expertise of working with schools to develop increased PE and school sport opportunities, and the YMCA offer the Trust access to its extensive community network of clubs for young people, its apprenticeships and training, and its awarding body arm.
The two organisations share the ambition to improve the lives of young people and have a common belief that health and physical activity are central to wellbeing. They agree that sport can make a valuable contribution to the welfare and life chances of today's youth.
Speaking at the School Sport Conference at the Kettering Conference Centre today, John Steele, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:
We have had a remarkable year for sport and we know this has had an extremely positive impact on young people. We want to capitalise on this and reach as many young people as possible through our work which is why this partnership is so exciting.
Much of the success of the Youth Sport Trust is driven by partnership working with organisations that share our determination to improve the lives of young people through sport. This new partnership with the YMCA allows us to extend our reach beyond the school gates and work with an organisation that is as driven as us to give every young person positive start in life.
The YMCA is the world's largest and oldest young people's charity. Today it works in over 500 communities across England, developing the health and well-being of young people.
Jonathan Martin, Chair of the YMCA's Physical Activity Steering Committee, said: "This is a really exciting partnership for us. Our work focuses on communities but obviously the school environment has a huge influence on young people. By bringing these two areas together we believe that we can have a truly significant impact on their lives."