UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the Youth Sport Trust have finalised a formal partnership agreement, which was launched during last weekend’s National Talent Camp held at Loughborough University.
The formal agreement is a culmination of ten years’ collaboration between UKAD and the Youth Sport Trust and will see both organisations continue to work together to expand the provision of clean sport education to young athletes and those around them.
As part of this new agreement, UKAD provided outreach activities and guidance to over 350 young athletes, coaches and officials, across ten different sports, from 16 – 19 December in Loughborough.
Another core part of the agreement is the development of a values-based e-learning module, which has been designed specifically for young talented athletes, and the creation of a specific module for their parents that helps them understand the role they play in developing their child’s sporting values.
2016 marked the tenth year that UKAD has delivered its values-based education programme, 100% me, at the Youth Sport Trust’s School Games, reaching in excess of 15,000 athletes during this ten-year period. The long standing collaboration at this event demonstrates the joint commitment by both organisations to athlete education.
UKAD’s Head of Education and Athlete Support, Amanda Hudson said: “UKAD and the Youth Sport Trust have worked together for over a decade and the formalisation of our relationship is really positive for young athletes and those around them.
“The agreement will ensure that this important partnership continues, giving us a fantastic opportunity to expand our support to the next generation of clean athletes, their coaches, parents and support staff. But this is not just about how partners can support our work – it is a two-way relationship and we look forward to supporting the Youth Sport Trust on its endeavors to influence and deliver high quality sport within schools.
“Education is a fundamental part of UKAD’s prevention strategy and by collaborating with partners, such as the Youth Sport Trust, it ensures that more athletes are getting the same message across the sporting landscape. The Youth Sport Trust does an excellent job in supporting school sport and we look forward to working with them in the future to ensure that the next generation of sporting talent is in the best possible position to compete and win clean.”
Will Roberts, Assistant Director at the Youth Sport Trust said: “The Youth Sport Trust has worked in partnership with UK Anti-Doping for a number of years and we are fully committed to supporting clean sport in the UK.
“The content and approach of our Talent programme reflects this, and at our National Talent Camp last weekend we were challenging young athletes, coaches and officials around these important issues.”
For more information on UKAD’s education programme, please visit the Athlete Zone.