This development, which builds upon and formalizes an existing relationship between the two organisations, was formally launched last week at the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp.
This agreement recognises UKAD’s role in protecting clean athletes at all levels and the importance of partners, such as the Youth Sport Trust, in helping to achieve this. It will provide further opportunities to educate and inform talented, young athletes, and those around them on essential anti-doping advice. It also highlights how the Youth Sport Trust has the support of UKAD for influencing and delivering high quality sport within schools.
UKAD’s Head of Education and Athlete Support, Amanda Hudson said: “UKAD and the Youth Sport Trust have worked together on different events for over a decade and therefore it is really positive for young athletes and those around them that we have now formalised our relationship. This will now see both organisations continue and expand their commitments to support the next generation of clean athletes, and those around them at an early stage in their sporting careers.
Education is a key part of UKAD’s prevention strategy and by collaborating with partners, such as the Youth Sport Trust, it ensures that more athletes are getting the same message from across the sporting landscape. We cannot do this alone and value the support from the Youth Sport Trust. The charity does an excellent job in supporting school sport and we look forward to working with them in the future to protect clean sport.
UKAD has delivered its values-based education programme, 100% Me, at the Youth Sport Trust School Games for the last ten years, reaching more than 15,000 athletes over this period. It also provided outreach activities and guidance on clean sport at last week’s National Talent Camp with 350 coaches, officials and athletes.
This new agreement will see an expansion of this collaboration to provide a range of new projects for young athletes. A values-based e-learning module has been co-developed and designed for young athletes with a further model for their parents so they can understand the role they play in developing their child’s clean sport values.
Will Roberts, Assistant Director at the Youth Sport Trust said: “The Youth Sport Trust has worked in partnership with UK Anti-Doping for a number of years and we are fully committed to supporting clean sport in the UK. The content and approach of the our Talent programme reflects this, and at our National Talent Camp last weekend we were challenging young athletes, coaches and officials around these important issues.”