After a year in which young people have missed out on so much and had their worlds turned upside down, sport and physical activity are playing an essential role in their recovery.
National School Sport Week 2021 is celebrating the return of youth sport and its power to bring people back together with a week of school sports days held up and down the country. The theme of this year’s campaign is Together Again and we want you to join in by organising or supporting an event this week.
Schools, families and communities across the UK are encouraged to sign up and share their commitment to holding a sports day between 19 and 25 June this summer.
Everyone who signs up will receive free resources from the Youth Sport Trust, including the ultimate guide to staging an inclusive sports day, top tips on harnessing the power of sport to bring young people together and advice on how to give young people a voice in organising their sports days.
National School Sport Week 2021 Schedule
The week sees us joining with a host of partners to make this a huge celebration of being back together again after a very difficult year. There are loads of things to get involved in, or you can just do your own thing. What’s most important is that you and your young people have fun and get active.
Spotlights for the week are below with extra information and links in the resources:
- Monday: we're encouraging everyone to take time out and Pause to Play throughout the week. Supported by CBBC presenter, Leah Boleto and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, we’ll be launching this initiative at 9:30am along with a very special Tik Tok dance created by our Ambassador Kimberly
- Tuesday: football day! The Euros are up and running with Scotland and England both in action that day and we are promoting equal access to football
- Wednesday: we’re celebrating International Olympic Day and Teach Active are holding an Active Learning Day in support of NSSW with free resources for all schools
- Thursday: it’s the big one! We’re asking as many of you as possible to host a sports day this week – and today in particular. From egg and spoon to obstacle course racing, let us know how you get on @youthsporttrust #NSSW2021
- Friday: a chance to thank everyone who has helped us over the past year. Perhaps it’s a teacher, a parent or a good friend. Whoever it is, give them a shout out on social and let them know how much they are appreciated.
We'd love to see your photos and videos on social media, and there is a prize of a half day visit from one of our inspirational Athlete Mentors for the best one, so get snapping! See here for full Ts and Cs.
Here’s a reminder of the guidance from the DfE relating to school sports days. This has not changed since the Prime Minister’s roadmap update on 21 June.
School sports days and competitions can now take place both indoors and outdoors and schools should follow the measures in their system of controls. Parents and pupils are permitted to attend these events as spectators, however, close attention should be placed to legal gathering limits set out for the different settings in which these events are taking place, see guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events.
About National School Sport Week
Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust started the annual National School Sport Week campaign in 2008 and it has run every year since. Last year the campaign was repositioned as National School Sport Week at Home and, with many young people not in school, families were invited to take part at home for the first time. With the help of Sky Sports it reached 2 million people. Read more about the 2020 campaign here.
National School Sport Week is run is association with European School Sports Day, which this year will take place on 24 September.
Whilst the week has already kicked-off there's still time to register your place and access our great resources via the appropriate link below.
Register as a school or organisation
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