Young Event Hosts

YST Young Event Hosts
The Young Event Hosts programme offers young people the opportunity to build their confidence and gain first-hand experience of how to present 'on the big stage' in a variety of roles at Youth Sport Trust and partner chosen events.

This programme is an opportunity for young people (aged 13+) with an interest or passion for public speaking. This can be either on stage or in front of a camera, but all participants should be passionate about the role PE, sport and physical activity can play in developing young people, and be ready to take part in a series of workshops to develop their skills.

By providing young people with the opportunity to host a series of events across the academic year, alongside tailored training with experts - including Athlete Mentors - the programme will allow those taking part to build their confidence before gaining first-hand experience of being on the big stage. This can be in a variety of roles at Youth Sport Trust and partner events, including conferences, events, opening and closing ceremonies, and camps.  

Who can become a Young Event Host?

We aren't looking for young people that have already had this type of experience, rather those that are interested, but perhaps not quite the finished article - someone who might be lacking the confidence to take that next step onto the stage and speak in public.

We are looking for a small team of young people from around the UK who will be committed to developing themselves and supporting each other to be the best they can be.

I have always been very active, participating and competing in many sports including football and rugby. As I have moved through school I have found a new passion for the performing arts and dance, but sport has continued to be at the forefront of my life. I firmly believe sport is essential for a healthy mindset and lifestyle. I want all young people to be encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone and embrace sport.

Being involved in the Youth Sport Trust’s Young Event Host Programme has not only given me access to amazing opportunities — such as presenting the School Games National Summit Awards lunch — but has taught me valuable lessons on how to present. This has drastically improved my confidence on stage. I’ve also been given the opportunity to meet and work with inspirational athlete mentors.

James Farr - Former Young Event Host

How to become a Young Event Host

Young people must be nominated for the programme. In England nominations are welcomed from School Games Organisers, Youth Sport Trust member schools and the YST Lead Schools network, as well as FA Girl’s Football Schools Partnerships. In addition, current Youth Sport Trust Team Leaders and Youth Board members are welcome to put themselves forward for this opportunity.

In Wales nominations are welcomed for anyone involved with the Young Ambassador programme or National Leadership Academy.

In Scotland nominations are welcomed from Young Ambassadors.


We are no longer taking nominations for the 2019/20 cohort of Young Event Hosts. If you would like to nominate a young person for a future cohort please send an expression of interest to

Information regarding the 2020/21 programme will be posted here in due course.