This year, Youth Sport Trust has released its annual Impact Report, examining in detail the effect that the organisation has had through its sport and physical activity programmes. Despite a tumultuous year, the report shows greater positivity amongst children and young people.
The report comes as many organisations are weighing the effect that COVID-19 has had on engagement as Alison Oliver, CEO of YST, pointed out:
“In the face of the continued challenges presented by COVID-19, I am extremely proud of what we were able to achieve for young people last year.
“Our programmes and training used the power of sport and play to support more than 250,000 young people and train more than 10,000 educators to lead good quality, inclusive sport, and Physical Education.
“Our young beneficiaries reported feeling happier and more confident as a result. Communication skills, leadership and teamworking improved, while the positive experience they had inspired them to become more active.
The core findings of the report for 2020/21 saw:
- 220,413 young people enjoy the benefits of sport and play through YST programmes
- 49,074 young people empowered into leadership roles
- 12,015 teachers, coaches and practitioners trained to lead good quality sport and PE sessions
Overall, young people reported feeling happier and healthier after YST programmes.
To read the report in greater detail, see here.