The work of the Youth Sport Trust has been pivotal to my own sporting success and I am extremely proud to be an ambassador. Visiting schools and attending events, I am lucky to see first-hand the positive different the Trust is making to the lives of young people.
Hannah Cockroft MBE, Five-time Paralympic champion and 10-time world champion
#TribeYST - Together we change lives
What we do:
We want to ensure that every child - regardless of age, gender, background or ability - has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle and has access to high quality PE and school sport. We passionately believe that this is crucial to tackling some of the biggest challenges facing today's generation of children and young people.
Why we do it:
We know that sport and physical activity holds so many benefits to young people. Despite this we are still facing issues of inactive children, children starting and leaving school without the life skills to prepare them for what's ahead. In answer to this we have set four ambitious objectives for our next four year strategy. At the heart, is our goal to tackle the alarming decline in young people's wellbeing.
How we do it:
We work internally and in partnership to develop and deliver cutting edge programmes and initiatives that help solve current challenges and re-engage young people through the power of sport.
How we are working towards achieving our objectives:
Case Study 1
Objective - Unlocking Potential – we unlock sport’s potential at every stage of a child’s life, especially where they face inequality or disadvantage.
‘For too many children, especially those living in the most deprived areas, educational failure starts early. Gaps in achievement between the poorest children and their better-off counterparts are clearly established by the age of five.’
How we do it:
For example, the Youth Sport Trust’s Healthy Movers supports the healthy development of children through developing cognitive skills, their core movement skills, social and verbal skills and emotional development. Our work supports the most disadvantaged young people to achieve the best start in life.
Case Study 2
Objective - Empowering Activism - we empower young people through sport to become local activists, tackling the issues of their generation.
“My Play Unified Young Ambassadors and I trained all our year 9 sports leaders in disability awareness. They then ran an inclusive festival for primary children. So a great impact across our community not just our school.”
How we do it:
For example, in partnership with Special Olympics Great Britain – our Play Unified programme engaged over 29,000 young people in a youth-led campaign to unify young people with and without intellectual disabilities through taking part in sport together.
How to get involved:
Your support will make a big difference to young lives. Your support will enable us to continue to deliver and develop innovative programmes, addressing issues facing young people today.
You can make your first step to be a Life Changer by clicking HERE
If you would rather help us by taking on a personal challenge, we have lots of opportunities to offer. Visit our Challenge Events Page to make your next step.
Get involved, change a life, together we can make a difference.
- Online: make a one off donation, set up a monthly donation or create a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving.
- Savoo: raise money when you shop online and make web searches - without costing you a penny. Click here for more.
- By post: you can send a cheque donation to: Youth Sport Trust, SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3QF
- By text: You can donate to our charity by texting YSTR20 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. All the money you donate goes to us. You may be charged for your text message. Please refer to your network operator’s standard rates.
- In your will: leave a gift in your will to help us continue transforming the lives of young people through sport.