Who We Are
TrailFam is a charity with a mission to provide access to the outdoors to young people through the exciting sport of trail running.
As a charity we aim to benefit those from a wide range of backgrounds and our inner-city work encompasses young people from different cultures.
TrailFam works to achieve our mission in three ways:
- Provide an outstanding schools trail running program
- Offer free weekly trail running sessions to urban communities
- Coach exceptional, ‘un-tapped’ young talent as part of our Race Team
TrailFam was created by secondary school teacher, Danny Stokes. During the Covid-19 pandemic. Danny became increasingly concerned at the negative impact that lockdown was having on his students. As lover of the outdoors and a passionate trail runner, Danny was keen to combine his love for the sport and his drive to give young people the very best chances in life.
Since then, TrailFam has blossomed and has had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young people.
But this is just the start of the story…
Why is trail running so perfect for young people
At TrailFam, we believe that every young person should have the chance to engage in trail running, regardless of their background or circumstances. Trail running provides numerous benefits for young people, including improving cardiovascular fitness, building strength and endurance and enhancing cognitive performance. Regular physical activity, such as trail running, has also been shown to reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem in young people, and exposure to nature can provide an additional boost of positivity.
Trail running also promotes social development and environmental awareness. Our programmes provide a supportive community where young people can build social skills, connect with like-minded individuals, and receive peer and adult support. Through our education on protecting and conserving natural spaces, as well as teaching Leave No Trace principles, young people can become advocates for the environment and develop a sense of responsibility for preserving it. Join us in our mission to make trail running accessible to all and promote healthy lifestyles, a sense of community, and positive changes in young people’s lives and the world around them.