Our Impact

YST Our Impact
The following findings were presented as part of our 2019 Impact Report - published in January 2020. A full version of the report is available for download on this page.

Our impact in numbers...

  • 630,000 young people benefited from training and opportunities to participate in and lead high quality inclusive sport and play
  • 18,420 schools reached through our programmes
  • 94% of young people taking part in one of our programmes said the experienced helped them develop at least one important life skill - communication, leadership or teamwork
  • 89% of teachers said a YST programme had a positive impact on young people's health and wellbeing - improving either confidence, empathy or resilience
  • 77% of teachers said they had seen at least one of the following positive benefits for pupils within school - attainment, attendance or behaviour.

The impact we and our partners had on young people’s lives in 2018/19 reaffirms what we have long believed – that when delivered in the right way, sport can equip young people with the skills to succeed, make them happier, more confident and resilient, and empower them to become leaders.

Young people are growing up in a digital age and a world where they are feeling isolated and disempowered. This comes at a time when we are all living increasingly sedentary lifestyles and PE and play time have been cut in too many schools. It is increasingly clear that tackling these issues, and focusing on sport’s power to build empathy, tolerance and human connection, are where we need to redouble our efforts in the future, and this will be a big focus of our 25th anniversary year.

Ali Oliver - YST Chief Executive

Youth Sport Trust in 2018/19...

Below, you can see just a selection of our highlights from over the last twelve months. Please click on any of the links for more information about a particular programme, event or campaign.

September - School Games National Finals

More than 1,000 talented young athletes compete at the UK’s biggest youth multi-sports event.

October - Local People Project nominated for Charity Film Award

The ‘Grow, Live, Work’ film celebrates sport building social connections.

November - Breaking Boundaries

Programme to bring people together through cricket kicks off in five cities.

December - Active Across Ages

Launch of our intergenerational project to tackle isolation.

January - Inclusion 2020

Inclusive sport festivals announced to increase opportunities for young people with SEND.

February - YST Annual Conference 2019

Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman and Tracey Neville address more than 600 delegates.

March - Healthy Movers

Helping to develop early years physical literacy in West Somerset.

April - Girls Active Coaches Camp

150 girls aged 15 to 17 attend the three-day camp to develop their confidence and expertise as coaches.

May - Birmingham Connect

We prepare to launch a project to improve social mixing in Birmingham schools, in the build-up to the 2022 Commmonwealth Games.

June - National School Sport Week 2019

Themed around the Five Ways to Wellbeing, 4,397 schools, 111 organisations and 74 MPs joined our awareness week.

July - Girls’ Football Youth Leadership Camp

Lioness legends among those supporting the next generation of female football volunteers and coaches.

Find out more...

This impact report covers 2018/19 — the first full academic year of our 2018–2022 strategy, Believing in Every Child’s Future. You can download the full report from the right-hand side of this page, or you can read more about Our Strategy and the progress we've made so far here.