Removing barriers to sport

YST Removing barriers to sport
Harness global best practice to ensure youth sport in the UK is inclusive, accessible and fun.

We will support schools, clubs and families to remove the causes of negative experiences for young people.

Many children try sport but later drop out, some try it but never find the activity that really engages them and some never get to really try it at all.

Did you know?

  • 40% of girls and only 54% of boys aged 11 to 18 enjoy physical activity whilst enjoyment levels decrease with age
  • 82% of schools and children's groups reported that the availability of appropriate facilities or equipment was a key barrier to participation by children with disabilities.

A negative experience at a formative age can put people off for life. Others will lack the opportunity to try different sports. Even those who do might face a lack of suitable provision in their area – the facilities aren’t there, the cost of access and transport is too high, or they have a disability which isn’t catered for, making them feel excluded. Some will be deterred from ever getting involved after hearing negative experiences shared by parents, friends or classmates.

We will work to remove these negative experiences and support parents to break the generational-cycle by creating opportunities for all young people to enjoy high quality, fun and inclusive sport and physical activity.


  • Stimulate innovation in sport and physical activity
  • Inspire, motivate and reward young people
  • Support parents and families.

To read our full strategy please click here or click below to look at another objective. 

Our Strategy

In 2018 we launched our new five-year strategy, focusing on six objectives. At the heart of these objectives is a goal to tackle the alarming decline in young people's wellbeing.
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Transforming physical education

Transform PE's place in the curriculum, putting it at the centre of wellbeing and achievement in education.
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Unlocking potential

Unlock sport's potential at every stage of a child's life, especially where they face inequality or disadvantage.
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Empowering activism

Empower young people through sport to become local activists, tackling the issues of their generation.
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Championing insight

Champion the impact of physical activity, PE and sport through research and insight.
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Strengthening foundations

Strengthen our foundations to ensure we can sustain our mission.
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