Youth Sport Trust

For sport and play to be a universal entitlement, supporting the education, development and wellbeing of every young person.
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http://www.youthsporttrust.org

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In 2021, the charity introduced a new Learning & Development approach providing the opportunity or all staff to accrue 40 hours per year of Personal Development. The types of learning that contribute towards the indicative 1-2 hours per week includes formal training such a courses, webinars and volunteer roles, as well as informal training such as work shadowing. This new approach has been worked on by the CEO and a small group of staff, as well as feedback from the employee forum.

The trust was set up in 1995 and new recruits say they can feel the passion and drive to make a difference as soon as they walk in.

Based in Charnwood, Leicestershire, the charity has moved to a remote working model to deliver sports programmes in thousands of UK schools and to guide government policy. Will Roberts, the chief operating officer, said: “We know that playing sport and keeping active can help pave the road to recovery for a generation of children who have seen the most extraordinary disruption to their lives and education.”

The charity's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Management Group (EDIMG), work hard to advance inclusion practise across and beyond Youth Sport Trust, with support from the Senior Leadership Team and Youth Sport Trust Board. Some of the groups key achievements include the development of an organisational Diversity Inclusion Plan focussing on addressing inequalities in their governance and leadership, and embedding EDI training into all staff & board members induction processes.

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Wellbeing

67% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Youth Sport Trust provide 3 levels of wellbeing training and support to their staff as part of a lifestyle development programme. The charity also developed training for managers to ensure they are comfortable and confident having wellbeing conversations with their teams and know how to spot the signs that someone is struggling.
My Team

90% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

Staff nominate colleagues each month for the 'Extra Mile' recognition scheme to uphold values of trust, responsibility, integrity and partnership working. Eight people are nominated each month, receiving a letter from the CEO thanking them for their invaluable effort. The charity also holds monthly meetings and events to bring staff across the business together.
Giving Something Back

93% of staff agreed

This organisation is keen to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds

This year the charity continued their virtual After School Sport Club, which was first launched in the height of the pandemic, to help children and young people to keep active and feel a sense of connection through sport. With Athlete Mentors and sports stars on board, more than 21,000 children got their hearts pumping.
Wellbeing
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67% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Youth Sport Trust provide 3 levels of wellbeing training and support to their staff as part of a lifestyle development programme. The charity also developed training for managers to ensure they are comfortable and confident having wellbeing conversations with their teams and know how to spot the signs that someone is struggling.
My Team
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90% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

Staff nominate colleagues each month for the 'Extra Mile' recognition scheme to uphold values of trust, responsibility, integrity and partnership working. Eight people are nominated each month, receiving a letter from the CEO thanking them for their invaluable effort. The charity also holds monthly meetings and events to bring staff across the business together.
Giving Something Back
96%

93% of staff agreed

This organisation is keen to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds

This year the charity continued their virtual After School Sport Club, which was first launched in the height of the pandemic, to help children and young people to keep active and feel a sense of connection through sport. With Athlete Mentors and sports stars on board, more than 21,000 children got their hearts pumping.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1995
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
40
Employee average age
30% : 70%
Male : Female employee ratio
52%
Employees earning £35k+
16%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
“Our staff are at the beating heart of the Youth Sport Trust. Without them, we couldn’t deliver on our mission to harness the power of sport to change young lives today and help them build a brighter tomorrow. It’s why we place such importance on creating a positive environment and culture where all of our staff feel valued and supported to make a difference.”

Alison Oliver MBE, Chief Executive Officer - Youth Sport Trust

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