This report by Street Games and Brunel University investigates youth sport and mental health through evaluating the impact of the ‘Safe, Fit & Well’ Doorstep Sport projects in seven urban communities across the UK. The report details the importance of the sporting workforce and leaders in helping the mental health of young people and their ability to become important role models in their lives.
Nearly half of the young people surveyed said they would turn to a sports coach or activity club leader for emotional support and personal advice. The report additionally details Street Games’ Training Academy, which provides Mental Health First Aid training for community sport coaches and volunteers across the country, as well as for employees of private businesses, public and voluntary sector organisations. The research indicates that sports coaches can have an important impact on young people, especially those from more deprived households.