Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting the National School Sport Week (NSSW) which will take place this year from 19 – 25 of June.
The NSSW is now in its 13th year and is run by the Youth Sport Trust (YST). During the week, the importance of Physical Education and school sport in enhancing the health and wellbeing of young people is celebrated.
This year, the theme is ‘Together again’ and YST are challenging the nation’s schools, parents and communities to host one of the country’s biggest ever weeks of school sports days or take part in activity at home. This year, the charity has partnered with the Together Coalition.
NSSW is a free and UK-wide campaign which is open to all. After registering via the YST website, participants will have access to lots of resources and tips on how to bring young people together through sports.
Research released by Sport England earlier this year found that fewer than half of children and young people are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of taking part in sport and physical activity for an average of 60 minutes or more every day.
The YST is also calling on the Government to commit to extending the Primary PE and Sport Premium for 2021/22. The Premium provides additional funding for primary schools and has improved formative experiences of PE for children in primary schools across the country. The Government have yet to commit to an extension of this premium.
Andrew Gwynne said:
‘Leading an active life and taking part in a variety of sports is so important both for the mental and physical wellbeing of young people.
I’m proud to be supporting the Youth Sport Trust in their 31st National School Sport Week, and would encourage constituents and school to take part in any way they can.
I would also call on the Government to commit to extending the Primary PE and Sport Premium, so that primary schools can continue to properly plan and facilitate sport in young people’s education.’
Whether its holding a school sports day or just getting active at home, there are plenty of free resources on the NSSW website.
Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:
‘There is a crisis of inactivity amongst our young people, and sadly this has only worsened in recent months, with the pandemic making it difficult for children to meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity.
School sport and PE is a fantastic way to get active, have fun with friends and resocalise this summer after such a long time of being apart. Sports days don’t have to be about being the best, strongest or quickest, they are a celebration of bringing us together and learning key skills like communication, empathy, teamwork and resilience.’
For more information, or to sign up for National School Sport Week click here.