Youth Sport Trust: our impact

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Youth Sport Trust

the story so far...

  • 1995

    A TOP start

    We are established as a charity by Sir John Beckwith. BT becomes our first corporate partner, and we pilot our first ‘TOPs’ sporting programmes for children. A national roll out follows through our network of specialist tutors.

  • 1996

    Government endorsement

    Government appoints us to support Sports Colleges within the Specialist Schools Programme. By 2010, there are 504 Sports Colleges.

  • 2002

    Delivering School Sport Strategy

    We are appointed to deliver the Government's PE School Sport and Club Links strategy. School Sport Partnerships are rolled out between 2002-2008, resulting in 450 across England.

  • 2003

    Athletes changing lives

    Sky Sports Living for Sport begins, engaging disaffected youngsters in leadership through sport. By 2014 over 35,000 young people take part in projects. We’re also chosen to help manage Step into Sport, the Government's new leadership and volunteering project.

  • 2005

    Young Ambassadors look to 2012

    London secures the Olympic and Paralympic Games for 2012. We create the Young Ambassadors programme, where young people promote the Olympic and Paralympic values.

    About Young Ambassadors
  • 2006

    First UK School Games

    We deliver the first UK School Games in Glasgow - a four-day multi-sport event for over 1,000 talented young athletes. Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds competes. The event continues and this year it will be held in Manchester with over 1,500 young athletes.

    Sainsbury’s School Games
  • 2008

    National School Sport Week starts

    Our first National School Sport Week kicks off with thousands of schools and young people taking part.

    National School Sport Week
  • 2008

    90% doing two hours

    The National PE and School Sport survey shows that 90% of school children took part in two hours of PE and school sport per week. This figure was 25% in 2002, and 62% in 2004.

  • 2009

    Supporting young disabled people

    We support young disabled people through 250 pan-disability multi-sport clubs. Future 2012 Paralympians are talent spotted.

    Our disability programmes
  • 2009

    Global PE and Sport 2012 legacy

    We become a key partner in delivering International Inspiration, the London 2012 Youth Legacy Programme, developing specialist training in 20 countries around the world to improve PE and school sport.

    International Inspiration
  • 2010

    Specialist Sports Colleges are fastest improving schools

    Between 2004 and 2010, Specialist Sports Colleges were the fastest improving schools in the country.

  • 2010

    Supporting the least active young people to change for life

    We start working with Change4Life. We now have 1,500 secondary clubs and 6,000 primary clubs. A further 4,500 primary clubs will launch this year.

    Our work with Change4Life
  • 2012

    Young people attend the Sainsbury’s School Games at the Olympic Park

    We deliver the Sainsbury's School Games National Finals at the Olympic Park and other venues, with over 30,000 young people attending from schools all over the country.

    About the School Games
  • 2012

    Campaigning for physical literacy

    To coincide with London 2012, we lead a campaign on the importance of physical literacy. It results in renewed investment from the Government: the PE and Sport Premium.

    Full announcement
  • 2013

    Government extend PE and Sport Premium to 2020

    We play a lead role in ensuring schools maximise this investment, and launch a guide for schools that forms part of the National Physical Literacy Framework.

    Read the full story
  • 2014

    Youth Partnership for Rugby World Cup 2015

    We form a youth partnership with England Rugby 2015 and RFU for the Rugby World Cup 2015.

    Our partnership

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