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Our Founders and Patrons

The inspirational people who realised the positive impact that sport can have on the lives of our children and young people.
Our Founders
Sir John Beckwith

Sir John BeckwithMotivated by a passionate belief that all young people benefit from taking part in sport, Sir John created the Youth Sport Trust. Trained as a Chartered Accountant, at aged 24 Sir John formed London and Edinburgh Trust, a property development company which became one of the top ten property companies in the UK and one of the leading international real estate companies.

Since 1993, he has chaired a privately owned and diverse international asset management group, specialising in the management of private equity investments, real estate, traditional and alternative investment funds. As well as the Youth Sport Trust, Sir John has actively supported a wide range of charities and community projects. He was awarded a knighthood in 2002 for services to youth sport.

Duncan Goodhew MBE

Duncan GoodhewDuncan is Vice President of the Youth Sport Trust and co-founded the organisation. Duncan won a gold medal for 100m breaststroke and bronze medal for the 4x100m medley relay in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Since retiring from competitive swimming he has been involved with various charities: he is President of Swimathon, whose swimmers have raised over £34m for charity; Vice President of Dyslexia Action; and Chairman of the Millfield Foundation.

Duncan has extensive and diverse business interests and also fronts many media and promotional campaigns. Limelight Sport Ltd, winner of The Sports Industry Sport Agency of the Year, is the UK's leading mass-participation sports marketing agency. Duncan is also a Director of Premier Sport.

Our Patrons
Lord Sebastian Coe

Lord Sebastian CoeLord Coe won four Olympic medals and set eight world records in middle-distance running. In 2004 he was named head of London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. After the successful bid, he became the chair of the London Organising Committee of. In 2015 he was elected president of the IAAF. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991, was promoted to Knight Commander (KBE) in 2006, and was invested as a Companion of Honour in 2013.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni Grey-ThomsponBaroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete, and is recognized as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. She has won 11 gold medals in five Paralympic Games. Between the years 1992 and 2002, she was crowned the winner of the London Wheelchair Marathon six times, and in 2005, she was made ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport

Steve Cram MBE

Steve CramSteve Cram is a British Icon recognised as one of the finest athletes of his generation. He is a World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth medallist as well as 3-time World Record holder during his illustrious athletic career. He was recognised for his achievements by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the year in 1983, and receiving his MBE in 1986.

 

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