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A vibrant, healthy and prosperous Yorkshire through sport and physical activity

Yorkshire Sport Foundation is an Active Partnership, a Lottery funded charity that believes in the power of sport and activity to tackle inequalities, and supports organisations across the nine districts of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

We believe in the power of sport and physical activity to change people’s lives. Our vision is to create a vibrant, healthy and prosperous Yorkshire through sport, supporting the work of local, regional and national organisations.

A quarter of the population are inactive – as a charity we work closely with partners to help individuals and communities overcome barriers and build healthy habits for life.

Our role is to connect, influence and provide support for sport and physical activity, increasing and improving the many ways people can take part and get active.

  • Connect: We work with the District Activity Partnerships (DAPs) bringing together organisations and communities to plan and create the environment for better delivery.
  • Influence: We promote the value and provision of activity among major decision making bodies in our area.
  • Provide: Our charitable status and Sport England Lottery fundingas allows us to identify and fill gaps in provision across the nine districts.

We work with partners to deliver Sport England‘s 2021-2031strategy Uniting the Movement

The strategy will help deliver against the five health, social and economic outcomes set out in the Government’s Sporting Future strategy.

  1. Physical wellbeing –The physical benefits of sport and physical activity are well documented. Being active can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 30-40% and can reduce the risk of a range of medical conditions, including cancer, dementia, strokes, heart disease and depression, but only 56% of adults are physically active for the 150 minutes each week which are part of recommendations by the UK’s CMOs. The figures are lower still for children. Physical inactivity costs the UK an estimated £7.4bn each year.
  2. Mental wellbeing – Sport and physivcal activity is, for many people, a hugely enjoyable experience and can reduce stress and anxiety.Mastering new skills can increase confidence and self-esteem. Volunteering to help other people at local sporting events can be very satisfying. Research has shown that exercise can be as effective as anti-depressants for those with mild clinical depression. The positive effects on mental wellbeing from meeting the CMO guidelines are every bit as important as the physical benefits.
  3. Individual development –We know how powerfully sport and physical activity can affect an individual’s development. It improves educational behaviour and attainment, through greater self-esteem and confidence and direct cognitive benefits.  This can also have a positive impact on the employment opportunities and have a positive role in tackling the problems of those who are not in employment, education or training.
  4. Social and community development -As well as developing individuals, sport and physical activity can help build stronger communities by bringing people together, often from different backgrounds, to make them feel better about where they live, improve community links and cohesion and build social capital.  We know that people who volunteer in sport, for example, are more likely to feel they belong in their area and people who take part in sport are likely to enjoy stronger social links with other people. 
  5. Economic development -Much of the £39bn that sport and physical activity contributes to the UK’s GDP comes from grassroots activity, the millions of people who buy trainers, bikes, gym memberships or pay match fees. The government’s investment of £10m in the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 helped unlock a £125m contribution to GDP.  The economic impact of sport, and physical activity, how it creates jobs, promotes growth and drives exports is a fundamental part of our strategy.  

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Who we are in 20 seconds:

YSF is a lottery funded charity that wants to make activity part of everyone’s life.

We believe in the power of sport and physical activity to change people’s lives and want as many people as possible to enjoy all the benefits being active can bring.

As a charity we work closely with partners to help individuals and communities tackle inequalities, overcome barriers and build healthy habits for life.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation is one of the 42 Active Partnerships in England supporting local and national organisations to work better together.

We work to deliver Sport England’s 2021-2031 Uniting the Movement strategy by connecting, influencing and providing opportunities to be active across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Our aims:

More people taking part in sport on a regular basis

Greater inclusivity so that everyone can take part

A robust charity that maximises investment into sport and physical activity

Our values:




Outcome focussed



Our results:

  • Graded ‘Very good’ by Quest in December 2018.
  • Customer satisfaction is rated as excellent with NPS score of 67
  • 94% of staff said they felt valued and supported by colleagues

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