Youth Sport Trust secures new Government funding boost

The Youth Sport Trust is delighted to announce it has been successful in securing new funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to enhance its leadership work.

The Youth Sport Trust is delighted to announce it has been successful in securing new funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to enhance its leadership work. 

A quarter of a million pounds has been confirmed today by the DfE to support a new strand of the Youth Sport Trust's Young Ambassador programme, Peer Leaders. Building on the success of the Young Ambassador programme to date, this work will see young people act as leaders within their schools to encourage and increase the physical activity levels of their less active peers. 

These funding announcements build on the statement from Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson at the Youth Sport Trust's National Conference in Telford last month that the DfE would commit a £300,000 fund to Project Ability, which is focused on getting more young disabled people into playing sport.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: "The funding boost for a peer leadership strand of our Young Ambassador programme, is also extremely welcome news. Within groups of young people there are natural leaders and through this work we will engage, inspire and empower them to champion the benefits of physical activity and increase the participation of their peers.  Young Ambassadors have a trusted place within schools, and it is great to have this further recognised and supported by the DfE."

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said: "As part of our plan for education, we want to get all young people into the habit of playing and enjoying sport from a young age - regardless of their background.

"I've been extremely impressed with the commitment and work of the Project Ability network to get disabled children into playing sport. The Young Ambassadors also do excellent work to get more young people active - so I'm delighted that we're continuing to fund them both."

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