We are the only UK youth sports charity who train world class athletes to deliver personal, social and emotional development programmes to young people facing disadvantage over a sustained period of time.

Key to all our programmes is giving young people access to a trained athlete mentor. The athletes:

  • Help young people overcome multiple barriers to participation, both practical and psychological. They do this by providing 1:1 and group support to build confidence and self-belief, explore barriers, skills, interests, aspirations, and identify future goals.
  • Motivate and encourage young people to undertake meaningful social action projects in their communities, identify the community need and how they can make a difference.
  • Stretch, challenge, and help young people build positive relationships with their communities.

At the heart of all our programmes is the concept of Personal Social Emotional Development (PSED).  We believe that PSED is a process by which we learn from our experiences and become more effective in our decisions and in our relationships.  A young person becoming effective is allowing them to understand their own personal values and align their actions accordingly.

We know each young person is individual, with different backgrounds, beliefs and experiences.  We ensure we take a holistic view of each persons development and put the appropriate intervention in place to meet their needs. Just as athletes push themselves to their limits to improve performance, we challenge young people to do the same.  In order to learn and develop, it is critical a person must be able to step outside of their comfort zone and this is a major part of each programme.

We know from our theory of change, that there are a number of key components to a successful programme. World class athlete mentors, local partners who understand their community and enabling the right amount of challenge and opportunities for young people, all contribute to a person realising their full potential.