Our reach

YST Our reach across the UK
We provided hundreds of thousands of opportunities for young people to enjoy or lead PE and sport in 2017/18. Through our work we were able to tackle local issues and work across the UK including in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Working across the UK

Our work reached almost 20,000 schools and we trained over 22,000 teachers to deliver high quality, inclusive PE and sport.


YP - Participation or training opportunities provided for young people; F - Percentage of female young people; M - Percentage of male young people; SEND - Percentage of young people reached with special educational needs and disabilities; AD - Training or volunteering opportunities provided to adults; SCH - Schools engaged with one or more programmes in 2017/18.

Please note these figures do not include the School Games.

Case study: Tackling local issues

This pilot is transforming Manchester schools’ approach to mental health, with YST putting the physical into mental health. The project was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership and is being delivered in collaboration with Alliance for Learning, 42nd Street and Place2Be.

YST’s role has been to work directly with young people in primary and secondary schools on the cusp of a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to improve their physical and emotional literacy, equipping them with coping strategies to deal with stress and anxiety.

The project provides training, support and resources for teachers and young people to become Mental Health Champions who lead on supporting others in their schools.

This project focuses on building resilience and life skills in young people. It used YST’s My Personal Best training for teachers to help them use PE to build life skills, leadership and employability skills in young people. Following the training, schools were able to select a programme tailored to their pupils’ needs to improve their wellbeing which included visits from YST athlete mentors.

Northern Ireland - Girls Active

This year saw us roll out our pioneering Girls Active programme in Northern Ireland. Well established in England, Girls Active tackles the declining participation in physical activity by adolescent girls. The programme was piloted in Northern Ireland with funding from the Department for Communities through Sport Northern Ireland. Ten schools are involved in the initial pilot, delivered alongside Women in Sport.

Scotland and Wales - Young Ambassadors

Funded by sportscotland and Sport Wales, we deliver the Young Ambassadors programme in Scotland and Wales. The programme is designed to develop exceptional leaders of the future. We work to build the leadership skills of young people and empower them to be the youth voice for PE and school sport in their school and community. The Young Ambassadors play a leading role in promoting the positive values of sport and increase participation opportunities for others. The programme was born in 2006 to ensure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games had a lasting legacy for young people.