|Trains a lunchtime supervisor to inspire activity in the playground||Helps adapt provision for a young disabled person to take part in sport|
|Supports an overseas sport for development project in one village||Pays for an Athlete Mentor to inspire a school|
Our work improves wellbeing
Hannah Cockroft MBE, a Youth Sport Trust Ambassador and who holds Paralympic, European and world records for wheelchair racing, including two gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games:
PE was the one lesson I wasn’t allowed to do at school. I had to sit in the library or on a bench. Aged 13, I had my first go at Paralympic sport. It’s hard to describe how much it opened my eyes and changed my life. In 2007 I attended the School Games and won silver in seated discus. Off the back of that, I went to a day where I could try different Paralympic sports and I had my first go at wheelchair racing. The next year I won gold at the School Games and was talent spotted for Team GB.
So it’s fair to say that without the Youth Sport Trust, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t be Paralympic, European or World champion.
Our work develops leadership
When Abda Kazemi was four years old, Abda’s family came to the UK from Afghanistan. At school she found that sport was a great way to build her leadership and confidence. A former member of the Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador steering group, she has since been elected to represent the UK Youth Parliament, and is now at university reading politics and economics.
The best skill I learnt as a Young Ambassador was to be a good listener. It comes in useful every day at university. I remember Baroness Sue Campbell saying that listening is fundamental to being able to understand another person and then you can articulate an appropriate and meaningful response. But there’s a real difference between just listening and listening with a view to incorporating the other person’s point of view into your proposal. I think if people did this, we’d see more success in society.
Our work enhances achievement
Gemma Maclean was on the verge of being expelled from school when her PE teacher Hayley Barr noticed her potential and became her mentor. Now a Young Ambassador, Gemma sits on the Youth Sport Trust Youth Board, has presented to ministers at the House of Lords and has just started university with the aim to become a PE teacher like Hayley.
Thanks to the Youth Sport Trust I’ve got so much more self-belief. It helped me develop my personal skills, my social skills, how to talk to people, how to act in a group situation, and it gave me more belief in my dreams and ambitions. I wouldn’t have thought it was possible for my life to change so much. Now I want to become a passionate teacher like Miss Barr. I hope to have the same impact on young people who are possibly disengaged from school, as I know personally what that’s like.
In 2014/15, we enabled over 515,000 young people to take part in high quality and inclusive PE, sport and physical activity. With your support, we have:
- Built capacity in schools
- Increased physical activity levels
- Enhanced young people’s lives and leadership skills
- Improved young people’s wellbeing
- Increased young people’s achievement
- Raised the national profile of PE and school sport.
For more information about the impact of our work please visit the Our Impact section of our website.
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