Olympic triple jump gold medallist Jonathan Edwards, Olympic Heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis and Paralympic gold medallist swimmer Chris Holmes, who is now director of Paralympic Integration at LOCOG, are among the stars turning out for the Youth Sport Trust's School Sport Conference today [Wednesday 12 October].
The Youth Sport Trust believes sport changes lives and is passionate about helping young people to achieve their full potential in sport and life. The conference, themed "Competition Inspiring Everyone", takes place from 12-13 October at the Telford International Centre and will showcase some of the latest developments in school sport, including the new School Games.
The School Games is using the inspiration of London's Olympics and Paralympics to help transform competitive sport in schools and get more people playing sport. It will include a whole range of competitive sporting opportunities for young people; from class versus class and school versus school competitions and county wide festivals; through to a national event in the Olympic Park next May.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, who will be opening the conference, said:
"We are now entering the last academic year before we host the greatest sporting spectacle on earth - the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The beginning of this school year provides us with the opportunity to look at how we should best deliver PE and school sport for young people at a time when national excitement around sport has never been higher.
"The funding challenges over the last year have created much uncertainty for many of us. However, thanks to the resilience and commitment of all those involved in school sport, we now have a new opportunity to inspire a generation of young people to take part in PE and school sport."
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of Sport for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Education Minister Tim Loughton will be among the headline speakers across the two days of the conference.
Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt said:
"There are many people right across the country who make sport for kids fun, interesting and possible. These enthusiastic and committed individuals do an incredibly valuable job, often without the recognition they deserve. I want to thank all of them for their hard work and in the run up to 2012, I challenge others to get involved."
The conference is aimed at School Games Organisers, National Governing Bodies of Sport, local authorities, County Sports Partnerships and private coaching providers who are involved in delivering sport for young people.
The 2011 School Sport Conference is sponsored by TechnoGym and is supported by Davies Sport and PGL.