We support young people to improve their physical health, emotional health and wellbeing, and emotional self-care (healthy behaviours).

I am doing more sport and I feel happier and healthier



  • 78% of under 13s thought they were healthier and 66% of over 13s;
  • 65% of those with a disability considered they were healthier
  • 95% of stakeholders considered that it helps people lead healthier, happier lives

Doing more sport which makes me want to do more. My diet has changed. I'm eating healthier foods so can do more sport. I'm happier, fitter, healthier.

Physical Health

  • 70% of members believe that they are more healthy physically
  • More young people are doing more activity for more days per week. On average, members were doing an hour or more of exercise on 1.9 days per week, but since joining the Youth Zone they do an hour or more of exercise on 2.5 days per week. Those doing little or no exercise has halved (34% to 18%) and those doing significant physical activity (4 days or more per week) has almost doubled (21% to 37%)
  • A 2015 evaluation of those participating in sports at the Youth Zone showed a 16% increase in physical health and wellbeing
  • 100% of stakeholders said that it moved people from inactive to active lifestyles

Emotional health and wellbeing

  • 73% feel happier about their lives as a result of attending the Youth Zone (increasing to 89% for those eligible for Free School Meals)
  • 100% of stakeholders said that it improved young people‚Äôs mental health

Emotional self care

  • 74% of children aged 14 and over said they understand more about the dangers of smoking, drugs and alcohol
  • 97% of stakeholders said that it supports young people to make healthier choices

Our Goals

Goal 1

Give young people exciting, safe places to connect and grow.

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Goal 3

Enable young people to better face the challenges of life.

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Goal 4

Support young people to raise their aspirations and fulfil their potential.

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Goal 5

Stronger communities with empowered, active, caring citizens.

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Impact of OnSide

OnSide exists to transform young people's lives across the UK through a powerful network of state-of-the art Youth Zones that offer life changing opportunities and vital relationships with youth workers that support young people to build and achieve their aspirations.

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