Staff and students are invited to come and listen to an inspirational leader—Alison Oliver, Chief Executive, Youth Sport Trust—talk about creating a future where every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport. The event will take place on Thursday 29 November, at 5.15 pm in Chancellors' Building 1.10.
Between 2013 and 2018, the Youth Sport Trust helped 4.7 million children participate in sport and physical activity, supported 99,000 teachers with continuous professional development and trained 250,000 young leaders, volunteers and teachers in inclusive practice. In terms of impact, the Youth Sport Trust is the leading sporting charity in the UK with a focus on children and young people.
A generation is growing up ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. Children are struggling with their mental health while grappling with the pressures of social media, shifts in personal relationships, rising levels of exam stress and a decline in empathy and resilience. Meanwhile, one in five children are now classed as obese by the time they leave primary school. We know that sport, play and physical activity hold the key to tackling so many of these challenges. But something isn’t working. Children have never been less active and the young people who are most in need of sport’s transformative power are the most likely to miss out. To help young people discover the joy of movement and nurture happy active lifestyles we need to work with them. We need to support schools, teachers, parents and coaches to tackle their challenges. Alison will describe how the YST is working daily to address these issues.
The event is organised by the Department for Health; Department of Sport Development and Recreation; and Centre for Learning & Teaching.