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A vibrant, healthy and prosperous Yorkshire through sport

Who we are in 20 seconds:

We want 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.
Yorkshire Sport Foundation is a Lottery-funded sports charity and one of the 43 Active Partnerships in England supporting local and national organisations to work better together.
We work to deliver Sport England’s ‘Towards an Active Nation’ 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

Our values:




Outcome focussed




Yorkshire Sport Foundation is an Active Partnership, a Lottery funded charity, supporting 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 strategy Towards an Active Nation.

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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Yorkshire Sport Foundation is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity and inclusion within our workforce, in the partnerships we support and in the delivery of high quality sporting activities and programmes.
Read more in our Diversity and inclusion policy and Accessible Communications guidelines

Yorkshire Sport Foundation recognises and embraces the benefits of having a diverse Board, and sees increasing diversity at Board level as an essential element to achieve our stated aims and objectives. Read more in our Board diversity policy

Disability Confident Employer

Yorkshire Sport Foundation have undertaken and completed the Disability Confident self-assessment
We are taking all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer
We are offering at least one action to get the right people for our business and at least one action to keep and develop our people.
In continuing our Disability Confident journey, we are ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

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