National School Sport Week 2021: Together Again Blog

See what schools, young people and organisations have been up to this week for National School Sport Week 2021: Together Again

That’s a wrap for day 6 of National School Sport Week 2021: Together Again! What activities have you tried today? Be sure to tag us in your posts, we'd love to see what you get up to! Here’s today’s summary:

Thursday 24 June

Today many of you have held your sports days. We’ve loved seeing the drama of the egg and spoon race, as demonstrated here at Lacey Fields, and the fun energy of the sack race as demonstrated here at Hawkedon Primary.

But there was so much else happening as well as sports days. Rushey Mead Academy had a very competitive game of Capture the Flag here while Arlies Primary started their countdown to Wimbledon with some lovely tennis moves here.

Thank you so much for all your photos and videos – we love seeing them all. And keep them coming for one more day to be in with a chance of winning our fantastic competition!

Wednesday 23 June

On Olympic Day we celebrated the important role that high-profile sporting events and stars play in inspiring young people to get active and healthy, kicking off with a special message from Hannah Cockroft.

Schools have been getting pupils to unleash their creativity by designing artworks in support of Team GB ahead of this summer’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Here was Denise Lewis talking at the launch of the first mural, in Hertfordshire. And here are the free resources for schools to get involved in the initiative which is being led by Purplebricks.

Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston visited a primary school in London along with Former GB swimmer Jazz Carlin. Lots of schools made the most of the good weather by putting on sports days including hurdles and hockey, 60 second challenges and some active learning as part of Teach Active’s activity for the week.

At YST HQ we put our dance skills to the test for Kimberly Wyatt’s National School Sport Week TikTok challenge. You can see how we did here!

 

Tuesday 22 June

With UEFA EURO 2020 in full swing, today many of you have focussed on football. Girls Football Activators on the Game of Our Own Leadership programme – supported by Barclays have organised football festivals for their peers. We spent time with Oaklands School in Tower Hamlets seeing how they were getting on, with a special thank you to England legend Kelly Smith who showed them some skills – see here 

But it wasn’t all football. We’ve seen balloon and floor volleyball, lots of archery as well as some Together Again skipping.

Did you see National School Sport Week on CBBC Newsround? Catch up on the coverage of yesterday's Pause to Play and read more about it here.

Plantation Primary in Liverpool have even organised their own Highland Games – which leads us nicely back to the football and a massive shout out to Scotland and England for the games tonight. See you all tomorrow for International Olympic Day! 

 

Monday 21 June

CEO Ali Oliver spent the morning with the teachers and pupils from St Alban and St Stephen’s School in St Alban’s. They were delighted to be joined by Leah Boleto and to launch the Pause to Play initiative – a chance for young people to down tools and get active such as these pupils from Woodthorpe Junior and Infant School in Birmingham here.

Many schools took up the Kimberly Wyatt challenge and tried to replicate her TikTok dance – although we think it might take a bit of practice to perfect it! And St Elizabeth’s School in Manchester made a lovely thank you for the NHS here.

There has been loads of fun activity up and down the country, so thank you to everyone who has already taken part. With now well over 2000 registrants, we are excited to see what the rest of the week holds…