Spotlight on mental health for this year's European School Sport Day

Friday 25 September is European School Sport Day (ESSD) and children in schools across Europe and beyond will all be getting active.

This annual event supported by the European Commission is recognised officially as associated with National School Sport Week (NSSW) and Youth Sport Trust International is one of the organising partners led by the Hungarian School Sport Federation. Any school in the UK can register to take part on the website - click here to do so now.

Since it was first established in 2015 and piloted in three countries, ESSD has grown in popularity year on year. To date millions of young people, schools, and sporting organisations across 44 countries globally have been inspired to take part. The focus theme for 2020 is mental health and finding creative ways for children to keep being active for both their physical and mental wellbeing. Schools can download a toolkit and other free resources from the website and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is guidance retaking part safely, either in school or at home. There is also a promotional video:

ESSD has five objectives:

  • To raise the profile of sport in schools
  • To create fun and enjoyment through physical activity for young people
  • To promote health and wellbeing for lifelong learning
  • To encourage social inclusion and develop social competence amongst students
  • To connect with other European countries.

For further information about Youth Sport Trust International's work with European partners please contact