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Hawkedon Primary School in Reading blog about how its pupils, parents and staff raised hundreds of pounds on National School Sport Week to give more children opportunities through sport.

Keeping children and young people active is high on the agenda at Hawkedon Primary School. We have seen the benefits that participating in sport and PE brings and it is why we feel so passionately about supporting children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust.

In an online survey carried out by the charity during its National School Sport Week (25 to 29 June), 84% of primary school pupils said they thought what they learnt in PE would help them to get a job one day. This really resonates with us and supported our reasons for wanting to support the charity in all that it does.

Getting active for National School Sport Week

For the charity’s 10th National School Sport Week, we took part for the first time, getting active and raising money while we did it. Already, we have had so much positive feedback from children, teachers and parents and it certainly won’t be our last National School Sport Week.

During the week we raised just over £396. We delivered daily workshops in cricket, football skills, yoga, boxing, circus skills, fencing, gymnastics, and multisports. We held a staff sports day as well as all the extra active fundraising activities. It has been a truly memorable week which we have loved supporting.

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The week gave a great opportunity to have the children doing more sports, and showcasing some of the more unusual sports, which shone a very positive light on engagement in PE. We would encourage more schools to get involved, give it a go and support the Youth Sport Trust.

Most of our donations came from running lunch time games activities throughout the week, including a PJ mask inspired lunchtime game that saw 87 out of 90 of our four and five-year-olds from Reception take part!

It was really simple to organise and put on and we all had a lot of fun taking part while raising money for the Youth Sport Trust.

The charity does such amazing work, read more about its four-year strategy to reach more young people than ever through sport and play and help them lead healthy and happy lives visit http://strategy.youthsporttrust.org/

Across the week, the charity had several schools take part and fundraise. Hawkedon Primary School won a PJ Masks goody pack for being the charity's top fundraiser, followed by KES Academy, which raised £250 and received a Boccia set. Totstars raised £100 and will receive PJ Masks goodies.

For more information about how to support the charity with fundraising activities in your school contact fundraising@youthsporttrust.org

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