FAQs

Background history

  • How long has the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme been running?

    Sky and the Youth Sport Trust first formed a partnership in 2003 to offer the free Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative to secondary schools across the UK. Since then the programme has gone from strength to strength and to date we have worked with over a third of schools in the UK and helped benefit over 74,000 young people. The primary aim of the programme is to use sport stars and sport skills to help increase young people’s confidence, self-esteem, engagement in, and attitudes to, learning, and improve their health and wellbeing. 

    Sky Sports Living for Sport is one of Sky’s Bigger Picture initiatives – read more about The Bigger Picture

Running a project

  • What happens when the project is finished?

    Come back next academic year and start another project. You can register for new projects in the 2013-14academic year from the 11th June 2013 onwards. Your school will receive an additional 50 reward points each year you register (up to a limit of 150 points) so you’ll automatically be eligible for additional reward points. 

  • Can I run more than one project?

    Yes, you can run as many projects as you like. However, each school is only eligible for two Athlete Mentor visits per academic year. Please note Athlete Mentor Visits are subject to availability.

  • How long should my project run for?

    We suggest that your project runs from a minimum of six weeks up to a full school year.  Our research shows that projects often lead to positive behaviour change so we recommend running your project as early in the school year as possible – ideally the autumn or spring term.

  • How many students can I involve in Sky Sports Living for Sport?

    The initiative is targeted – so each project shouldn’t involve more than 20 students. You can run as many projects as you want and could have several projects running per year.

Athlete mentors

  • How many Athlete Mentor visits do we get?

    Each school is eligible for two free Athlete Mentor visits per year. Please note Athlete Mentor Visits are subject to availability.

  • Can I choose which Athlete Mentor visits my school?

    Due to diary constraints and travelling distances, we will allocate an Athlete Mentor to your school. Unfortunately, we are not able to give you a choice of which Athlete Mentor will visit, but rest assured they are all fantastic.

  • When will I get my Athlete Mentor visit?

    This depends on whether you are a new school to Sky Sports Living for Sport that is getting started for the first time or your school is returning to the initiative and is coming back to do another project:

    If you are new to Sky Sports Living for Sport, an Athlete Mentor will be allocated as soon as you register your school. The Athlete Mentor will come to your school for a half day Initial Visit. This is the opportunity for you to meet your mentor find out more about Sky Sports Living for Sport and ask any questions about the initiative or running your project. It is also a chance to introduce the Athlete Mentor to your Head teacher and others supporting you over the course of the project and, if already selected, meet your Sky Sports Living for Sport group.

    Once you submit a project plan online you will be eligible for a full day Project Visit. This is a special day for you and your project group. The Athlete Mentor will run a ‘Six Keys to Success’ workshop, a physical activity session, and talk about their life story and how anything is possible.

    If your school is returning to Sky Sports Living for Sport you will be eligible for an additional full day Loyalty Visit once you submit a project plan online. The Loyalty Visit will be delivered by one of our National Athlete Mentors and will help you increase the profile and the impact of the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative within your school and offer support to other school groups.

    Please allow up to 14 days for your Athlete Mentor to contact you to confirm your visit date. Please note Athlete Mentor visits are subject to availability.

  • How long does the Athlete Mentor visit the school for?

    Your Athlete Mentor will spend half a day for an Initial Visit and Loyalty Visit and a full day for a Project Visit. The plan for the visit will be tailored to suit your school’s needs. 

  • Can we use the Athlete Mentor visit for wider school support?

    Yes, the Athlete Mentor can work with other groups of students, not just those participating in Sky Sports Living for Sport. 

Registering

  • Who is Sky Sports Living for Sport aimed at?

    The initiative is completely free and accessible to all secondary schools and 11-16 year olds in the UK.

  • How do new schools register?

    If you are getting started with Sky Sports Living for Sport for the first time it’s quick and easy to register - just fill in your contact details and your school postcode. Register now

  • What is the definition of a new school?

    New schools are all schools that have not planned a project or had an Athlete Mentor visit of any kind since 2008.

  • How can I find out if my school is already registered with Sky Sports Living for Sport?

    Using the ‘Nominate a school’ option on the bottom right hand of the Homepage, you can enter your school’s postcode to find out if you are already signed up. 

  • What is the definition of a returning school?

    Returning schools are all schools that have had an Athlete Mentor Initial Visit and/or a project approved since 2008.

Accessing your account

  • What if my email address has changed since I registered?

    Please advise us of your new email address at: skysportslivingforsport@youthsporttrust.org. If any other profile details have changed, you can amend these by logging in to your account and choosing the Edit my profile link.

  • What if my school has changed name or address?

    Please email the old and new school details to: skysportslivingforsport@youthsporttrust.org

  • How do I re-activate an existing account?

    If you are coming back to do another project just fill in your e-mail address and password to log-in. Re-activate now

  • I’ve forgotten my password. How can I access my account?

    Click on the Start a project button on the home page, then click the ‘Forgot your details?’ button on the right hand side of the page. We’ll send you a password reminder by email

  • I’ve forgotten my user name. How can I access my account?

    Click on the Start a project button on the home page, then click the ‘Forgot your details?’ button on the right hand side of the page. We’ll send you a user name reminder by email. 

Incentives

  • What incentives do we get for joining the programme?

    For each project plan that you submit, you will receive free T-shirts for the students involved. Every school is also eligible for two free Athlete Mentor visits per school year. Please note T-shirts and Athlete Mentor visits are subject to availability. Participating schools will be eligible for our Reward Scheme where every school gets the chance to benefit from a host of fantastic ‘thank you’ gifts. Sky Sports Living for Sport offers additional incentives throughout the year including sports masterclasses and filming at randomly-selected participating schools. 

  • How many T-shirts can I order?

    You can order up to 20 T-shirts at a time, which should allow for one for each student on the programme. T-shirt sizes are based on adult sizing – please bear this in mind when ordering. Please note T-shirts are subject to availability.

  • How does the reward scheme work?

    We want to thank the schools and teachers who take part and put in the time and effort to create such amazing projects. It certainly doesn’t work without you. We’ve set up a Reward Scheme that offers ‘thank you’ gifts year-on-year. The more you come back the bigger and better the rewards. 

  • When will I get my T-shirts?

    Your T-shirts will be sent to you once your project has been successfully submitted online. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery. Please note T-shirts are subject to availability.

  • Is there any funding attached to the programme?

    No, but Sky Sports Living for Sport can be run in conjunction with any other programme or support that your school may be accessing. Successful Sky Sports Living for Sport projects have been run with almost no financial resources.