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Young people to improve their communities through physical activity based projects

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Young people across Britain are launching new community physical activity based projects with the Youth Sport Trust thanks to funding from People's Health Trust.

The projects will see young people from 12 schools join with local people and community groups to improve the health and well-being of their neighbourhood.

They will engage with other young people and community groups to identify a physical activity that will bring the greatest benefit for local people. 

All projects will start at the beginning of the summer and could focus on anything from activities to support parents with children who have special needs, to projects that encourage more girls to get involved in their local community through sport.

"This is a great way for local people to work together and be directly involved with the decision making on a project that benefits the community,” said Youth Sport Trust CEO John Steele. 

"Using physical activity as the foundation to develop projects that positively engage people in the community is a powerful way to change attitudes and perceptions. 

"Ultimately we want people to feel empowered to create positive change to their area."

As well as getting their community together, young people will also create networks of local people who feel inspired to undertake volunteer activity to benefit others in their local community. 

The schools taking part in the programme are part of a network of Youth Sport Trust Partner Schools, which are schools committed to improving the PE experience for every young person.

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