We talked with Helen Vost from Youth Sport Trust International (YSTI) about activities they have implemented during Covid-19. During the pandemic YSTI reached out to connect with young Syrian and Palestinian refugees living in camps in Beirut to provide weekly online training sessions to develop their leadership and life skills through physical activity and sport. First working with a group of teenage girls and then boys, they were inspired by their desire to learn new skills, determination to succeed and love of cricket (the sport they had been introduced to in the camps but had never experienced before). Week by week they saw their confidence grow as they became role models for their peers and able to take on the coaching of activity sessions themselves.
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The Youth Sport Trust equips educators and empowers young people with the vision of creating a future where every child enjoys the life-changing benefits of play and sport.
Sport gives young people a platform to have their voice heard and a place to feel they belong. We harness this extraordinary power to change young lives today and help them build a brighter tomorrow. They do this by running inclusive and innovative programmes, bring together communities of educators and providing practical tools and resources.