Agency Information

The Youth Charter is a UK registered charity and UN accredited non-governmental organisation. Launched in 1993 as part of the Manchester 2000 Olympic Bid and the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Youth Charter has Campaigned and Promoted the role and value of sport, art, culture and digital technology in the lives of disaffected young people from disadvantaged communities nationally and internationally. The Youth Charter has a proven track record in the creation and delivery of social and human development programmes with the overall aim of providing young people with an opportunity to develop in life.


Specifically, the Youth Charter tackles educational non-attainment, health inequality, anti-social behaviour and the negative effects of crime, drugs, gang related activity and racism by applying the ethics of sporting and artistic excellence. These can then be translated to provide social and economic benefits of citizenship, rights responsibilities, with improved education, health, social order, environment and college, university, employment and enterprise.

The Youth Charter acts as a social broker and cultural interface between public/private sector and donor organisations. The key to the Youth Charter approach is to provide capacity, leadership and self reliance to hard to reach young people and their communities. This is delivered through our Social Coach training and development workshops, programmes and projects. Further assistance, campaigning, advocacy, support and advice is delivered through our ‘on-line’ distance learning and evaluation tools, which provide a unique impact and assessment of each individual’s and community’s ongoing development and progress.


Supported by over 250 Global Sporting, Artistic and Cultural Ambassadors and high profile social role models, the Youth Charter is pioneering new approaches to tackling the increasingly serious problem of anti-social behaviour amongst socially excluded youth.

The Youth Charter message is also delivered through teams and individuals who have signed the Youth Charter Scroll in support of its work. These include: The Rugby Football Union; The England, New Zealand and South African Rugby Teams; The England, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zimbabawe, South African and West Indies Cricket Teams; The England, Ghanain and South African Soccer Teams; Manchester United FC, Liverpool FC, AJAX FC, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, David Beckham OBE, Sir Stephen Regrave, Linford Christie OBE, Dame Mary Peters, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Susan Hampshire OBE and Nelson Mandela.

A number of notable organisations have already invested in the work of the Youth Charter - these include: AMEC plc, Barclays, BBC, British Airways, DHL, The Co-op Bank, Granada Television, Kelloggs, Guardian Media Group, Marks and Spencer, Rank Xerox, Joseph Roundtree Foundation, Lands Securities, Lloyds TSB Foundation, FIFA, United Nations ILO, Football Association, Ford Motor Company, Rugby Football Union, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC and Unicef.


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Youth Charter Dame Mary Glen Haig Office of

Sport for Development and Peace,

London Stadium Learning, London Stadium, 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

United Kingdom


+44 (0) 7904 339 935


UK Registered Charity        

Charitable Incorporated Organisation


United Nations Accredited  

Non Governmental Organisation

© 2021 Youth Charter

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Honorary Life President

The Late Dame Mary Glen Haig DBE*

Former Presidents

The Late Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster KG, CB, CVO, OBE, TD

The Late Lord Terry Thomas CBE

Founder and Chair

Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

*In Perpetuity

Vice Presidents

Sir Bobby Charlton CBE

Pearly Gates

Judge Goldstone

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

Sir Clive Lloyd CBE

Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

Lord Herman Ouseley

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE

Dame Sarah Storey DBE

Lemn Sissay MBE

Sir Rodney Walker

Frank Warren


Elaine Banton

Mark Barratt

Alison Burchell

Juliet Donoghue

Nadine Dyer

Peter Ibsen

Phil McCauley

Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

Chris Sayers

Ronnie Todd