Youth Sport Trust
The Youth Sport Trust is a British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 charitable trust
Charitable trust
A charitable trust is an irrevocable trust established for charitable purposes, and is a more specific term than "charitable organization".-United States:...

 which aims to support the education and development of young people through physical education.

It is a national charity established in 1994 to build a brighter future for young people in sport. It was the brainchild of John L. Beckwith
John Lionel Beckwith
Sir John Lionel Beckwith, CBE is a British business tycoon. He has been on the Sunday Times richest individuals list for several years, and in 2007 was 195th in the list with assets of over GBP 400 million....

, who wanted to ensure that all young people received a quality introduction to sport. He was also keen to channel the energy of young people in a particular direction. The key individual who drove the organisation in its formulative years was Sue Campbell who is now the Chair. Campbell is also Chair of UK Sport
UK Sport
UK Sport is the UK Government's organisation for directing the development of sport within the home countries.-History:The Sports Council previously had been formed in 1972, and had the motto Sport for All. There was also the Central Council of Physical Recreation. In July 1994 it was decided to...

 and a non-political advisor to the government.

The Trust develops and implements, in close partnership with other organizations, quality physical education and sport programmes for all young people, aged eighteen months to eighteen years, in schools and community. Key features of TOP programmes are illustrated resource cards, child-friendly equipment and quality training for teachers and deliverers. All of the programmes can be accessed by young disabled people.

To provide the best in education, training, research and development for the benefit of all young people, the Beckwith Chair of Youth Sport was established in Loughborough University
Loughborough University
Loughborough University is a research based campus university located in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England...

 in November 1998.

By the end of 1999, the Trust had reached over 3 million young people through its TOP programmes.

The trust also manages the UK School Games
UK School Games
The UK School Games was an annual sporting competition for elite school-age athletes in the United Kingdom held between 2006 and 2011.The event was based on an Olympic Games model, with multiple sports events held across an intensive four-day period...

, an annual sporting competition for elite school age athletes established in 2006.

Notable Commercial Supporters

The Youth Sport Trust allows commercial companies to become Business Honours Members following a stringent application process. Notable members include Technogym
Technogym is a manufacturer of fitness equipment based in Cesena, Italy.It was founded in 1983 by Nerio Alessandri and now it is a world leader in the wellness and fitness fields.-History:...

 and Cyber coach
Cyber coach
Cyber Coach is a Virtual Dance Instructor and Dance Mat system created by Quick Controls Ltd of Bolton, UK..The system comprises a touch screen controller, a projector, sound system and some dance pads....

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