Abhishna in Year 13 was elected to be part of the Youth Board representing the Youth Sports Trust this year. Last week she attended the YST conference in Coventry as part of her role. We asked her to write a report on the event........
I attended the YST Conference Awards Dinner on Wednesday evening and listened to a lot of inspirational people share their story and their involvement in the YST. The YST Youth Board were on the judging panel for one of the awards, so it was really rewarding to see the winner receive their award with a big smile on their face. It was also the first time meeting most of the youth board members in person, so it was a nice chance to really get to know everyone and support each other during the 2 days. I had the pleasure of meeting Baroness Sue Campbell who is the former chief executive of the YST and became the Director of Women's Football in 2018. I also met Richard Caborn who is the former Minister for Sport and Civil Society of the United Kingdom.
On the day after, I attended the YST Conference as a part of the Youth Board. We had our own stall in the exhibition hall which focused on getting responses from teachers on how they thought youth voice was included in their schools and how they could improve PE. I was also a part of an innovation workshop which was about the future in the hands of the youth and looked at what the data and research was telling us about this. I spoke about how I was able to make an impact in school with my Sixth Form sports club as I had started the club because there weren't a lot of clubs available to us as a result of overlapping timetables and staff unavailability. I feel that sport and PE should not fade away as you grow up through school and should stay consistent. The conference was also a great chance for me to network and learn more about how others made sport and PE better in their own ways. It was an amazing experience for me overall as I had felt heard as a young person and was in a room filled with like-minded people. I also met the Children's Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, in the morning of the conference and her talk during the Welcome Address was nothing less than inspiring!