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Press Release   •   Jun 19, 2017 11:02 BST

Allianz has formed a partnership with Youth Sport Trust (YST), a national charity, to deliver 20 ‘Dare to Believe’ Festivals with more than 100 primary schools and over 2000 young people, to tackle attitudes and perceptions to special needs and disability among young people.

Held across the country, the festivals will enable young people with and without SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) to experience inclusive sports and activities, alongside their SEND peers. Through this, the Dare to Believe Festivals hope to create shared experiences and help to develop friendships between young people, providing a real opportunity for schools and communities to promote inclusion and diversity.

Allianz’s Chief Executive Officer, Jon Dye said: “Building on our partnership with the British Paralympic Association, Allianz has partnered with the Youth Sport Trust to develop and deliver the Dare to Believe Festivals. We believe these festivals can challenge attitudes and perceptions to disability and special needs among young people and within their local communities, which is vital for inclusion.”

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Sport Trust said: “We are excited to be working with Allianz on the Dare to Believe Festivals. Their passion for inclusion initiatives, combined with our experience of working with young people and using sport for positive change, means these festivals can motivate and inspire young people with and without additional support needs to take part in sport.”

Through the activities pupils will be encouraged to think about how inclusive they are on and off the playing field and how they can support everyone to feel included.

The festivals will have five ‘sport stations’ and one ‘breakout station’, meaning pupils can try a range of activities together as well as have time for informal play and form new friendships. Stations will be run by Youth Sport Trust Young Leaders from YST’s Lead Inclusion Schools, selected to lead the delivery of the sports, supported by their teacher and volunteers from Allianz.

For more information about the Dare to Believe festivals visit and see other information on Twitter #DaretoBelieve


Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 86 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing over 650 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers while our asset managers Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO manage an additional 1.3 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold a leading position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2016, over 140,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenue of 122 billion euros and an operating profit of 11 billion euros for the group.

Youth Sport Trust:

A national charity passionate about creating a brighter future for all young people through PE and school sport — using compelling evidence-based initiatives and innovation to fully develop young people’s potential.The Youth Sport Trust has three guiding principles to help young people to be healthy and happy, succeed in life and contribute to society.

Wellbeing: Building the foundations of movement to develop confidence, competence and enjoyment of sport encouraging a lifetime of activity, with physical and emotional health benefits.

Leadership: Supporting the development of positive character qualities; creativity, aspiration, resilience and empathy.

Achievement: PE and sport delivered well impacts positively on attainment and academic achievement.

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