Inspirational UK Young Leader Luke Rees, has been appointed a Youth Sport Trust Youth Board Member and Young Tutor for the national charity who are passionate about creating a brighter future for all children and young people through the power of sport.
Luke first worked with the Youth Sport Trust in 2013 and has since had many different roles with the charity such as being a Young Ambassador, sitting on the UK and Welsh Young Ambassador steering group and also most recently being a Team Leader. He has been appointed in these role as a reward for his ongoing work with the charity and for the difference he has made to many young people's lives in Wales and the UK.
When Luke was in school he suffered with mental health issues. Luke used the power of sport to change his life and used his set backs as a platform for his comeback. Through sport he found a passion for helping others as a volunteer and it has allowed Luke to regain his confidence he once lost. Luke then decided that he wanted to share his story with the aim of inspiring other young people to participate in sport. He went on to become a confident and recognised public speaker and has spoken at various conferences and venues such as the Public Health Wales National Conference, Sports Leaders UK Celebration at the House of Lord, World Health Organisation Conference in Lithuania and recently co-hosted the Youth Sport Trust School Games Awards Dinner.
With children and young people experiencing declining emotional health and wellbeing, increasing obesity levels and high youth unemployment, the mission of the Youth Sport Trust has never been more important.
There is overwhelming evidence to demonstrate the power that PE and school sport has to change young people’s lives; unlocking their potential, helping them to be healthy and happy, ultimately going on to lead successful lives and positively contribute to society. Their unique solutions maximise the power of sport to grow and develop young people, impacting on their wellbeing through physical literacy and character. The three principle elements of our mission to create a brighter future for young people include Leadership, Wellbeing and Achievement.
Speaking about his appointment Luke said: “I am humbled and honoured to be part of an organisation that has been so close to my heart for so many years. I'm really looking forward to the new challenges these exciting two roles. Becoming a Youth Board Member for the Youth Sport Trust is something that I've always wanted to achieve. The Young Tutor role is a new initiative and I can't wait to surround myself with the amazing delivery team that the Youth Sport Trust have."
If you wish to get involved or find out more about the Youth Sport Trust then you can do here - https://www.youthsporttrust.org/