YST 2018 Conference

YST 2018 Conference
Join us at our 2018 annual national conference to hear how sport, PE and physical activity can successfully tackle some of the key challenges facing young people and schools today.

YST 2018 Conference - 28 February, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

YST 2018 awards dinner - 27 February, Ricoh Arena, Coventry 

At the Youth Sport Trust National Conference 2018, you will hear from an unrivalled range of speakers, teachers and trainers. Through keynote speeches, workshops and networking opportunities we will be exploring how sport, PE and physical activity can elevate young people’s aspirations, raise their attainment and improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Online booking for the Conference has now closed. However, you can still fill in the offline application form, and email to events@youthsporttrust.org or bring with you on the day to register.

Keynote speakers include Dr John Ratey, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

We are also delighted to announce that our closing keynote will be delivered by five-time Olympic medallist and Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger. Her closing address will look at the parallels between the pressure to achieve sporting success with the similar pressures to achieve exam success in schools. The sports system has recently had to renew its focus on athlete wellbeing and coach behaviours. Be inspired and take lessons from what will be a fascinating insight into how sport is balancing moral purpose and delivery in a high stakes world.

Delegates will also get to hear from new YST Chair Neil Davidson CBE.

This will be the 19th YST annual national conference. The event has a rich history of bringing together headteachers, PE practitioners, policy officials, health and national governing bodies to pioneer innovation, share best practice and deliver change.

Conference speakers


A broad spectrum of experts in their field from education and health will share and inspire thought-leading best practice.
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Conference workshops

Interactive workshops

Inspiring mix of interactive workshops and plenary sessions designed to maximise learning, networking and skills enabling you to put new thinking into practice.
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Awards Dinner

The Awards Dinner takes place on Tuesday 27 February 2018, the night before Conference.
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YST 2017 Conference flashmob

2017 Conference highlights

Check out some of the social media highlights from the YST 2017 Conference.
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Conference marketplace


The exhibition forms an integral and vibrant part of the event. It is a valuable meeting place for schools, NGBs and businesses.
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Venue and accommodation

Centrally located, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry is five minutes from the M6 motorway, 20 minutes from Birmingham International Airport and 50 minutes by rail from London Euston.
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