Press

This area is designed to give journalists access to our latest press releases and our media guidelines.

We can provide journalists with expert opinion on a range of issues around PE and school sport as well as expert spokespeople including our Chair Neil Davidson CBE, Chief Executive Ali Oliver and our Sporting Ambassadors.

Press office

Our media team is available seven days a week for comments, interviews, multimedia content and information. We work across the country and often have communications specialists on the ground as news breaks.

If you have an enquiry, please contact:

Isabel Dunmore
Media Relations Officer
isabel.dunmore@youthsporttrust.org
01509 226317 / 07825 065195

Simon Ward
Head of Corporate Communications
simon.ward@youthsporttrust.org
01509 226637 / 07825 065179

Note that the press office only deals with enquiries from the media. If you are not a member of the media, please use the public enquiries line: 01509 226600. Lines are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Code of ethics and conduct

Click here to view our code of ethics and conduct, which includes guidance for press and media at our events.

Latest news

As well as our news stories below, you can also check out our recent publications, including our Impact Report, and termly membership magazine Inspire.

If you are looking for older news or press releases not available on our website, please email a member of the press office and we will be able to help further.

Charity calls on government to invest in PE to tackle mental health

Commenting on the Education and Health and Social Care Committees response to the government's Green Paper on children's mental health, the Youth Sport Trust has said it is disappointing to see little reference to the link between physical activity, play and sport on mental health.
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BLOG: How do we use active play to address the ‘word gap’?

With the announcement by DfE of two multi-million-pound schemes to help boost early language and literacy development for disadvantaged children, Chris Wright Head of Wellbeing at the Youth Sport Trust, discusses why play should be part of the language development discussion.
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YST Girls Active Awards go live for 2018

The Awards are a celebration of the work 8 to 18-year-old girls are doing through the Girls Active programme.
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BLOG: Why I’m attempting a World Record to cut childhood obesity

James Hesling is attempting a Guinness World Record for children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust in order to raise £25,000. Here he blogs about his journey so far.
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Schools wanted for new Teacher Training Project

Would your school like to take part in a pilot project that will improve the quality of PE and sport you offer?
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Runners raise £23k to tackle children's wellbeing decline

Nine runners have powered through one of the most popular marathon courses in the world to help raise money and improve the lives of young people through sport.
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New strategy launches to combat decline of children's wellbeing

A generation is growing up ill-equipped to deal with the daily challenges of the 21st century, says a national children’s charity.
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BLOG: From Newcastle to Nottingham – girls brought together to develop leadership skills

Susie McShane, Senior Communications Manager at Women in Sport, blogs about her visit to the Girls Active Coaches Camp last weekend.
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Rugby Union star flying high as he is named YST Sportsperson of the Year

Talented rugby union fly-half Marcus Smith has been named as the Youth Sport Trust Sportsperson of the Year at the 2018 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards ( BEDSAs ).
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New data reveals young people increasingly unhappy with their friendships

As new data is released by the ONS around children's wellbeing and social relationships, YST Chief Executive Officer Ali Oliver, has responded to findings around the proportion of children aged 10 to 15 who are increasingly unhappy with their friendships.
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Ground-breaking programme to build healthier and happier communities through cricket

Breaking Boundaries, funded by Spirit of 2012, will be delivered by the Youth Sport Trust and Sporting Equals. It will use cricket to bring different ethnic and faith communities closer together, fostering mutual respect and friendships.
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Girls learn skills to lead and engage least active peers

As part of a new Girls Active Coaches Camp, 120 girls aged 16 to 18 will be invited to a training camp to promote sport for fun and participation rather than competition.
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