Why We Do It

 Life is getting tougher for young people

Youth Employment

Young people aged between 16-24 from ethnic minorities are two times more likely to be unemployed

Mental Health

19% increase in mental health disorders in young people in the last 10 years

Crime Prevention

Knife Crime offences committed by teenagers have increased 70% in the last six years

 Life Skills

11.3% young people are NEET – not in employment, education or training


young people now live in poverty in the UK (30%)


of young people say they ‘always’ or ‘often’ feel stressed. A 47% increase since 2009.


of businesses feel schools/colleges are not equipping young people with an aptitude or readiness for work


Sport can be a game-changer for young people


Young people who are physically active thanks through sport in school or at their local sports club can show up to seven times better levels of teamwork, six times better levels of greater resilience and five times better communication skills.

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Volunteering is undervalued

3.2 million sport volunteers in the UK

Worth £53bn of human capital hours

One of the most valuable sectors in the UK, on a par with the energy and four times bigger than agriculture

People who volunteer in sport have a 10% higher self-esteem/emotional wellbeing

26% increase in family income by the age of 42 in active people

Estimated £4.34 ROI for every £1 spent on reductions in spending on crime, truancy and ill health

Physically active young people show: seven times better levels of teamwork, six times better levels of resilience, five times better communication skills

Physically active children have a 25% decreased risk of anxiety. Mild depression is 52% lower in active people.

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How Sport is helping

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