Set for Success


Set for Success is an intensive youth leadership initiative funded by the Wimbledon Foundation in partnership with Barclays and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust. It seeks to support young people at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment, or training) or otherwise not achieving their full potential.

Evidence of Need

From October to December 2022, data shows 11.6% of young people aged 16-24 are not in education, employment, or training (NEET, ONS 2022). This, sadly, is an upward trend exacerbated by mounting societal pressures, a cost-of-living crisis, and the ongoing fallout of a global pandemic.

This programme seeks to support 'at risk' young people through a series of sessions delivered by inspirational athlete mentors and teachers through active learning and sport. Set for Success supports participants to improve their life and employability skills, their engagement at school, as well as develop their confidence, aspirations and self-esteem.

Did you know?

young people aged 16 to 24 years and not in education, employment or training (NEET) - ONS, August 2023
young men were newly identified as NEET in a three month period between April and June this year - ONS, August 2023
The percentage of all young people who were NEET in April to June 2023 has risen by 0.5 percentage points compared with pre-pandemic levels - ONS, August 2023

Impact to Date

Over the course of a three year pilot (2020-23) Set for Success engaged 426 young people, of which:

  • 56% were in receipt of free school meals
  • 32% had additional support needs
  • 25% were from ethnically diverse communities.

The programme proved successful in improving the attitudes, behaviours and key skills of these young people.

Due to the pilot's success, the project has been extended to further increase the reach of the programme. Over the next four years (2023-27) Set for Success will reach another 150 schools across the UK, engaging up to 3,900 young people.

For more information and case studies from the pilot please visit the Set for Success website or see our evaluation report.

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