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Active in Mind - Athlete Mentor Programme

Active in Mind – Athlete Mentor programme uses qualified athletes to support targeted groups of pupils who are struggling to engage with learning and school life and with their physical and mental health.


The programme supports young people to transform their mindset through physical activity, peer and athlete mentoring.

Outcomes of the programme include:

  • Increased student awareness of mental health issues
  • Improved physical activity levels and a developed skillset
  • Improved coping strategies associated with mental health.

What’s involved

The project lasts for six weeks and targets a minimum of 15 young people. This six week ‘intervention’ is planned and delivered by five Young Mental Health Champions nominated by the school.

Schools involved in the programme will be required to have a lead member of staff available to give pastoral support to all students involved and support the Young Mental Health Champions with their delivery.

Expressions of interest

This programme is only eligible to secondary schools based in England.

In order to register interest in this programme you must first be registered for a YST account and logged in. If you are currently logged out, please view the instructions in the purple box at the top of the page for more information.

More information

Active in Mind – Athlete Mentor programme is part of the wider Active in Mind programme.

Click here to find out about the Active in Mind - Teacher CPD.

Click here to access all of our Active in Mind free resources.

Active in Mind is funded through Sport England National Lottery funding. It targets young people (Key Stage 2 and above) who are experiencing low level mental health issues and are part of a wellbeing support programme in their school (pastoral support or counselling) or in Tier 1 or 2 Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).