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Class of 2035

How sport can empower a generation to build a brighter tomorrow.


The Class of 2035 is a landmark policy and research report which explores the role that PE, sport and physical activity can and should play in young people’s education and development.


Through detailed insights from young people and over a year of consulting with experts across sport, health and education, it shines a light on challenges facing young people now today and maps out the long-term trends which could emerge following huge disruption to young people’s lives during the pandemic.

The Youth Sport Trust commissioned Foresight Factory to undertake this research to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary, in 2020. It follows the first edition of Class of 2035, published in 2015.

The report presents new insights from school-aged children, explore the macro forces which will drive change in young people’s lives and presents possible scenarios for how young people’s engagement with sport and play may look by 2035.

In the best of these, every young person would be empowered through sport, leading to greater participation and improved health and wellbeing as well as driving social mobility and reducing inequality. In the worst-case scenario, a lack of recognition of the importance of sport may lead to greater numbers of young people becoming disengaged – leading to rising inequality and growing health concerns.

The Class of 2035 concludes with several policy and development recommendations aimed at achieving the best possible future for young people through sport.

Read the launch press release here.

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