National School Sport Week has been hailed a huge success after more than 5,000 schools from across England and Wales took part in a range of exciting activities to celebrate the event from 22-26 June.
Delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, the week saw 1.8 million young people participate in sporting activities, with schools challenged to encourage young people to take part in five hours of PE and sport across the week.
In addition, National School Sport Week saw the Youth Sport Trust release the Class of 2035 report it commissioned presenting four possible scenarios - both positive and negative - for the future. The report gave a unique insight into young people's relationship with physical activity today and 20 years from now considering a range of social trends and influence of digital technology.
National School Sport Week and the Class of 2035 report created headlines across the world stressing the important of PE, school sport and physical activity in helping current and future generations of young people.
Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: "National School Sport Week has been a huge success for everyone involved. Alongside the launch of our Class of 2035 report, the week truly showcased the importance of PE, school sport and physical activity in enhancing physical health, boosting mental wellbeing, building resilience, lifting academic achievement and creating active habits for life today and in the future.
"The week played a significant role in bringing to life a range of ways in which schools can support pupils and students to access 60 active minutes a day which is the Chief Medical Officers guidance for young people. This is very important and one of the top priorities of the Youth Sport Trust so it was a very satisfying week. I would like to say thank you and congratulations to all the schools involved in putting together a fantastic week that brought to life our mission of building a brighter future for young people."
Youth Sport Trust Ambassador and Olympic champion Jason Gardener visited a number of schools during the week and praised the promotion of PE and school sport.
He said: "It has been a huge privilege for me to visit schools across England and Wales as part of National School Sport Week and see the great work that is being done. We can see with the Class of 2035 report how important it is to promote PE and school sport to ensure that the children of the future are 'fit-for-purpose' 20 years from now. That is why initiatives like National School Sport Week are vital in bringing PE and school sport to the top of the agenda and underlining their importance within the curriculum."
Youth Sport Trust staff also got involved in the action with Chair Baroness Sue Campbell and Chief Executive Ali Oliver taking part in a primary school surfing lesson delivered by trained sports leaders from Treviglas Community College Cornwall, a Youth Sport Trust Health and Wellbeing School and a hub school for the Youth Sport Trust Girls Active programme. The school, which boasts a surf academy for sixth form pupils, has a strong record or promoting PE and school sport with headteacher Karen Ross serving as a powerful advocate for PE and school sport in her role as Chair of the Cornwall Headteacher Association.