Reaching young people through physical activity and sport has seen 10,320 Northamptonshire students supported to raise their aspirations and improve their wellbeing through a charity-led programme.
Youth Sport Trust, the national children’s charity, worked with Northamptonshire County Council to deliver the programme PE2020 Active Healthy Minds to the students over two years.
Chris Ellis, Development Manager at Youth Sport Trust, said:
“As well as getting students active and learning vital communication, team building and leadership skills to prepare them for the world of work through the programme – we also ensured that students were offered educational lessons where they learnt about wellbeing.
As a charity, it is our mission to ensure we create a brighter future for all young people through sport, PE and physical activity. It is vitally important in today’s social media focussed climate that we not only focus on young people’s physical wellbeing, but place equal importance on their mental wellbeing and building resilience.”
From the research report released earlier this week and undertaken by the University of Northampton, 90% of pupils reported that they had seen positive changes to their life skills, 67% of students said that their wellbeing had improved and 59% said they felt a positive change in feelings towards school life.
Moulton School and Science College near Northampton said it had seen improvements in students since the programme finished.
Trevor Jones, head teacher, said:
“Being involved in PE2020 was a fantastic opportunity which our students thoroughly enjoyed. Pupils engaged in both practical and theoretical based tasks which enhanced their understanding of resilience and aspiration.”