Youth Sport Trust begins 20th anniversary celebrations at National Conference

The Youth Sport Trust will begin a year of celebrations on Wednesday, 4 February to mark its 20th anniversary as its National Conference gets underway at the Telford International Centre.

The Youth Sport Trust will begin a year of celebrations on Wednesday, 4 February to mark its 20th anniversary as its National Conference gets underway at the Telford International Centre.

First established by Sir John Beckwith in 1995, the Youth Sport Trust has overseen a wide range of developments in the PE and sport sector over the last two decades, positively impacting millions of young people.

The conference, which is sponsored by Technogym and supported by PGL, will see more than 500 school leaders, PE practitioners and those working in sports development and physical activity join the Youth Sport Trust to mark the occasion.

Whilst the conference will look back and celebrate what has been achieved, it will importantly look forward to what the next 20 years may have in store for the PE and school sport sector.

In addition, the conference will provide the platform for the Trust to reveal its newYouth Sport Trust: Wellbeing. Leadership. Achievement. messaging that reaffirms its commitment to encouraging schools and young people to develop creativity, aspirations, resilience and empathy through PE and sport.

Youth Sport Trust Chair Baroness Sue Campbell said: "This conference, and our 20th anniversary year, presents us with a unique opportunity to celebrate how we, and those organisations we have worked with over the last two decades, have changed the lives of millions of young people.

"We should absolutely look back with pride at what has been achieved, but it is equally important for us to use this occasion to look to the future and recognise the opportunities and challenges that we may be presented with going forward."

A further announcement will be made at the conference confirming the Youth Sport Trust's ambition to raise £20 million by 2035 through fundraising. World and Paralympic Champion Hannah Cockroft features in a new film to be premiered at the conference, demonstrating the impact of the Youth Sport Trust.

Hannah said: "Without the Youth Sport Trust, I probably wouldn't be wheelchair racing, I wouldn't be world champion, I wouldn't be Paralympic champion, and I wouldn't have made a career out of sport."

Dr Akeem Ali, Director of Public Health for Northamptonshire and world-renowned specialist in the field, will use the conference to launch a new partnership between Northamptonshire County Council and the Youth Sport Trust. This work seeks to improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of adolescents aged 11-18 in the county, increasing achievement and attainment.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson, who will close the conference at the end of the second day, said: "The Youth Sport Trust, and those organisations they've worked with over the last 20 years, are all united by the belief that sport changes life for the better.

"We know that sport is vitally important for young people - and that's why we've invested more than £450 million of ringfenced funding in primary school sport.

"I'm delighted that our PE and Sports Premium has led to pupils doing more and better quality sport. Whether a child is a potential Olympic champion or a park runner, they should have every chance of making sport a habit for life."

Also addressing delegates over the two days will be leading author and speaker Kevin Carroll and Rugby Football Union Head of International Player Development Joe Lydon. For the full list of speaks and more information on the 2015 Conference and to view the full programme, please click here.

Follow the conference on twitter via #YSTconf

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