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 celebrated 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 was Together Again and we asked you to join in by organising or supporting an event this week.
Schools, families and communities across the UK were encouraged to sign up and share their commitment to holding a sports day between 19 and 25 June this summer.
Everyone who signed up received 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.
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.