For the best user experience, please log in or register. As a logged in user you will be able to choose your favourite resources and return to a list of your favourites at any time.

Healthy Lifestyle Champions

The Healthy Lifestyle Champions programme offers secondary schools with an innovative approach to engage students in low socio-economic groups using the power of peer leaders, non-traditional sporting activity and training to create behaviour change and increase wellbeing.


The Healthy Lifestyle Champions (HLC) programme, funded through Sport England National Lottery funding, supports secondary schools across England with funding, training and resources to address the disparities in participation and access experienced by those in lowest income groups.

The programme aims to address the wealth of research that demonstrates that young people from families of low socio-economic status have less opportunities to take part in sporting activities, have less representation in out of hours PE and Sport and are consequently linked to having poorer health, wellbeing and future prospects.

Did you know:
  • 47% of boys in the lowest income group compared to 26% in the highest did less than 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. For girls, the figures were 49% and 35% respectively
  • People from lower social groups were 34% more likely than those from higher groups to feel that local sports facilities were too expensive or inaccessible for them to use.
The programme aims to tackle these issues through the below phases delivered throughout the academic year:

Recruitment and Peer Leader Identification The Lead practitioner will identify a target group of young people in school to benefit from the programme and then select 8 Healthy Lifestyle Champions (Year 7-9) to receive national training from YST.

Training - YST will deliver a national training conferences for Healthy Lifestyle Champions and project leads to develop leadership skills of champions, whilst also sharing best practice and insight to ensure an informed and sustainable delivery of the intervention.

Festival - Healthy Lifestyle Champions are supported by the lead practitioner to create and deliver a wellbeing activation festival utilising an Athlete Mentor role model to targeted students.

Creating Habitual Change - Healthy Lifestyle Champions are further supported to deliver an 10 session block of activity to young people in non-traditional sports.

By placing peer leadership at the core of delivery and the development of leadership, coaching and activist behaviours of Healthy Lifestyle Champions, the programme aims to create behaviour change of students and increase wellbeing.

For further information, please contact:

Programme Lead
Izzy Perry 
Development Officer – Sport
[email protected]
07825 065167

Programme Support
Annette Belson
Project Coordinator
[email protected]
01509 226612

If you like the sound of this programme please click Register Interest on the blue banner. (This will only be visible to eligible schools).