YST Conference

YST 2020 Conference
We're now taking bookings for the YST 2020 Conference which will take place on Thursday 27 February at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The theme this year will be 'Getting to the Heart of a Well School'.

The Youth Sport Trust 25th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner is set to be the best yet and will focus on human skills in the digital age, and what it means to be a Well School.

Join us as we explore the power of physical education, sport and play to build connections and strengthen communities within and beyond the school gates while giving young people a better sense of belonging.

At a time when communities have become more divided, the power of sport and play to bridge those divides could not be more important.

The conference will build on the focus of previous YST annual conferences on emotional wellbeing, physical wellbeing and cognitive wellbeing to explore the importance of social wellbeing in an attempt to fully create ‘The Well School’.

I'm really looking forward to the conference as it truly feels that I am part of a movement that will make a difference and impact on the lives of children. The wealth of knowledge, ideas and inspiration that can be gained is without doubt the reason for attending.

Suzzanne Ijewsky, Headteacher, Friars Academy, Wellingborough


In addition to experts discussing evidence around strengthening school communities through PE, sport and play, our keynote speakers will be sharing their inspiring stories of how, in a variety of fields, the power of sport has changed lives and helped people find their place in the world.

Andy Grant, who went on to become a Paralympian after losing his leg serving in Afghanistan, will share his dramatic life story which demonstrates the power of sport to help people overcome the most extreme obstacles. Homeless World Cup founder Mel Young will tell us how we can change the lives of some of the most vulnerable in society. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham will describe how the region is building connections that benefit wellbeing. Academic Rosie Meek and PRU headteacher Steve Howell will talk to us about the power of sport to help the rising number of boys and young men who are being excluded from school.

In our first keynote address, Terence Mauri, whose thinking has been featured in Forbes, The Economist and Reuters, will share with us how schools and the curriculum can help young people navigate their way through the increasingly digital years to come. While we already know that sport and play counter some of the damaging effects of technology on young people's lives, Terence will take the conversation one step further and show us how the human values, skills and connections acquired through physical education and sport are those that will be crucial in tomorrow's society. ‘People ask me all the time what it means to be human in the age of AI. I reply: “Don’t focus on artificial intelligence. Focus on human intelligence: empathy, imagination, courage, wellbeing and connection.” I believe the answer to digital is to be more human.

We will also be joined for the Awards Dinner by England Rugby Union Coach Eddie Jones for a session which will resonate with any teacher, school leader or delegate who wants to be inspired, and who believes that anything is possible, no matter how difficult the circumstances.


In addition, we are delighted to announce that all delegates who register for the Conference will receive two free tickets for Wasps Rugby, also at the Ricoh Arena. 

A link will be sent to delegates which will allow them to register online for their tickets. The link will be valid for one month after the Conference and then the tickets will be issued. The link can only be sent directly to delegates and cannot be shared on social media or online in any way. 

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From £1500.00 + VAT