Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust (YST) is celebrating the success of its National School Sport Week as it saw over 5,000 schools across the country register to take part.
Marking a decade of YST’s annual week, the charity held its best yet celebration of PE and school sport between 25 and 29 June in a bid to hook children and young people on a lifelong love of movement. This year saw a record number of early years children taking part.
The theme of the week was to ‘celebrate the role of play and sport in education’ and was supported by official partners Premier League and BBC, through Super Movers, Entertainment One (eOne) and its popular animated children’s property PJ Masks, and the FA.
As well as its main partners of the week, the charity was also supported by the Jo Cox Foundation through the Great Get Together, Greenhouse Sports and Votes for Schools.
The charity pioneers new ways of using sport to improve children’s wellbeing and give them a brighter future. It is campaigning for the benefits of being active to be widely recognised in battling declining mental wellbeing and obesity in this and future generations.
Highlights of this year’s National School Sport Week included:
Mascot Monday with Super Movers: Official partners, Premier League and BBC, through Super Movers engaged over 100 UK primary schools through a Mascot Monday to raise awareness about the importance of an active school day.
Early Years’ Day: Nursery and early years children were engaged in the week through YST’s partnership with Entertainment One (eOne) and its popular animated children’s property PJ Masks. The partnership developed a digital Super Moon themed activity pack and planning guide which included a range of fun ideas, guidance, certificates and downloadable materials to increase engagement and maximise impact on children. eOne also offered free at home activity packs to the first 500 nurseries and schools to register.
Lead School Ambassador for YST, Kathryn Harper Quinn, also supported the charity’s week by raising awareness of how to develop physical literacy in urban areas. Read the article here.
YST Parliamentary Reception: YST’s youth board, headteachers from its member schools, YST ambassadors and England Roses netball star Eboni Beckford-Chambers were among those talking to MPs at the House of Commons about the value of sport and play, at a YST Parliamentary Reception hosted by the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.
Engaging girls in football: Encouraging women and girls’ participation in football through its work with the FA and the Game of Our Own programme. The Football Association created resources available to download across all age groups.
School wins visit from YST athlete mentor: The winner of YST’s NSSW social media competition was announced as St Katharine’s CE Primary School in Bournemouth. The school will receive an inspirational athlete mentor visit as a result. The charity released data with Votes for Schools on young people’s views on what they learn in PE.