Our Youth Board gives a voice to young people from every corner of society.
Our Youth Board has three main areas of responsibility:
- Advisory - advise on the direction of our work and how to best engage with young people.
- Development - establish a youth-led fundraising strategy, generating income for the Youth Board to direct.
- Communications - showcase the work of the Youth Sport Trust through social media and represent us in the media.
Introducing the Youth Board:
Currently studying for a foundation degree sports coaching, Megan is a student at Leeds City College. Alongside her degree Megan work as a lifeguard and swimming teacher in her local area. Megan is the Co-Chair of the West Yorkshire Sports Council.
Currently working as a lifeguard at her local sport centre Gemma is working within her community coaching primary multi-sport clubs and girls active sessions. Working towards getting a degree in PE to become a future PE teacher. Gemma is passionate about ensuring all young people have the opportunity to experience high quality PE and school sport.
Ismaeel is 18 years old and a student at Stepney Green School. He holds a variety of responsibilities including; Sports Coach, Referee, PE Teaching Assistant. Ismaeel has set up a football team and was part of the team that won the Barclays Premier League Enterprise Challenge 2014.
Jamal is a current Liverpool John Moores University student studying sport development. He has represented England and is a current Jamaica Rugby League player. Jamal climbed Mount Toubkal in 2015 to raise more than £1200 for the Youth Sport Trust.
Lauren Asquith is currently the Premier League 4 Sport and Disability Officer for Derby County Community Trust and previously worked with the National FA offering business support to the England Women's National Coaches (Under 15's - Seniors). Lauren currently coaches the Cerebral Palsy, Partially Sighted and Deaf regional squads for the East Midlands and works with the Derby County Girls Centre of Excellence.
Lucie is currently working full time as an Accountant as well as fulfilling her training programme for the GB Para Table Tennis Team. She is a strong believer that everyone should be given equal opportunities in all aspects of life. Lucie is also passionate about passing on the opportunities and positive impact that sport has had on her life.
Alex is 21 and from Kent. He is currently in his third year at the University of Exeter studying for a BA Politics. He has always loved sport, plays rugby and cricket regularly and is a rugby union referee. He is passionate about the impact that sport can have on the lives of young people and is relishing the opportunity to learn about, and impact upon, sports strategy as a member of the YST Youth Board.
Poppy is 22 and currently works for Leicester City School Sport Partnership as a Legacy Maker. Poppy's love and passion for sport escalated when I saw firsthand the true benefits it could have on people's lives. Poppy has sat on the Young Ambassador Steering Group and the British Athletics Youth Advisory Group.
Going into 2016 Ben is ranked 5th 17-18 male tumbling gymnast in the world and 2nd in Britain. He has great belief in the importance of grabbing every opportunity in life, particularly in sport and wants to help others realise the potential of sport to help develop their life tools.
George is currently a pupil at Shenley Brook End School. He is extremely passionate about showcasing sport through media. George currently works with MK Dons Football Club, recording post-match interviews, capturing photos and running social media channels.
Iain is a second year Sport Studies student at Stirling University. He coaches with Football in the Community and Girls Academy for Rangers Football Club, working with a diverse range of young people within various school and college programmes. Iain has previously sat on the Young Ambassador Steering Group, Scotland.
Emma is a Sport and Exercise Science Student at the University of Bath. She is a keen lacrosse player who represented an England Development team at the 2015 Home Internationals and coaches at various levels. In the future she hopes to teach PE or work in Sports Development to increase the number of people engaging in physical activity.