The Youth Sport Trust, the successful and highly regarded charity with a mission to ‘Build a Brighter Future for young people through sport’, today launches its search for a new Chair, following the decision by Baroness Sue Campbell to stand down in December 2017. The organisation, which was established in 1995 has become the leading national charity supporting schools to unlock the power of sport to teach life lessons, develop life skills and improve the life chances of children and young people.
The Youth Sport Trust forged its reputation and profile over twenty years ago through offering innovative child friendly equipment and world leading training for teachers and others working in youth sport. It worked closely with the government between 1997 and 2010 on the delivery of a PE and School Sport Strategy and its work with Specialist Sports Colleges led to these schools becoming the fastest improving schools in the English system based on GCSE performance.
Today the YST continues with its commitment to support national initiatives which evolve and improve PE and school sport through the delivery of the School Games and Change4Life Sports Clubs programme. The new Chair will also be responsible for overseeing the development of pioneering new work in a number of areas such as inclusion, leadership development through sport, with the YST now focusing on tackling the 21st century issue of declining physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.
Baroness Sue Campbell leaves the role after 22 years of service as the first Chief Executive and later as Executive Chair and Chair. Sue has been a powerful and inspiration leader of the charity and its cause and the staff and Board will be recognising Sue’s outstanding contribution to both the organisation and youth sport in this country overall by making her the YST’s Honorary Life Ambassador.
Sue will also continue to make an impact across the sporting landscape not least in her role as Head of Women’s Football at the FA.
Baroness Sue Campbell said:
While it has been a difficult decision to make, the time is right for both myself and the Youth Sport Trust. It has been an honour to steer the Trust on its course for many years and see the amazing impact we’ve had on millions of young people. I’m delighted to accept the honorary title of Life Ambassador and look forward to seeing the Trust continue to grow and flourish in the future.
Sir John Beckwith, Founder and President of the Youth Sport Trust said:
Sue has given outstanding service to the Youth Sport Trust and I am immensely grateful for her inspiration, leadership and the extent to which she has invested herself in the life and work of this important charity. I continue to be very proud of the impact the Youth Sport Trust makes on important national agendas such as young people’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing, and I hope the search for a new Chair will attract someone with the same passion and belief in making a difference to young lives through sport to take the charity forward into a new era.
Chief Executive Officer, Alison Oliver said:
Working alongside Sue has been a huge privilege and without her, so much progress and development in the youth sport landscape would not have taken place. The charity has entered the next dynamic stage in its journey; I look forward to a new Chair leading us with the same hope, belief and commitment to young people and working with them to write the next chapter in the life of this wonderful organisation. As we enter a new strategic cycle in 2018, the role of Chair is a fantastic opportunity to make a huge impact on the next generation.