Sarah joins pupils for National School Sport Week.
Young people in Bootle, Liverpool were supported by Team GB hockey player Sarah Jones for a special sports day visit at their school.
Thousands of schools, young people, parents, politicians, and businesses up and down the country have this week become ‘changemakers’ by raising awareness of the vital importance of PE, sport and play for National School Sport Week.
Thanks to a collaboration between the Youth Sport Trust and TeamGB, pupils from St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School celebrated Olympic Day and the theme of the campaign – Belonging – a place in sport for every child.
The school also surprised Sarah with a Birthday cake ahead of her birthday on June 25.
Evidence shows that unhappy and unhealthy children don’t learn. Through its new strategy the Youth Sport Trust is working to build back play, physical activity and school sport in children’s lives, helping them to balance the demands of a digital age, and create societal change when it comes to the place and value of PE and school sport.
Coming together this week, thousands have pledged to raise awareness of the challenges ahead for young people’s health and wider development, and importantly what can be done to build a sense of belonging for all children when they get active or play. The Youth Sport Trust recently revealed through a YouGov survey that:
- A significant majority of parents are concerned that young people are not getting enough physical activity (81%) and 83% believe they are spending too much time online and not enough time with each other.
- 48% of UK adults believe sport and play help young people to improve their concentration and ability to learn
- Two thirds (66%) of adults agree that sport and play help young people’s social wellbeing
Alison Oliver MBE, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “National School Sport Week is here, and we are excited to be joining forces with Team GB this year to help raise awareness of the vital importance of Physical Education and school sport in the education and development of all children.
“Together the partnership will bring together Team GB athletes as inspiring changemakers who will bring to life the role of play and sport in rebuilding health, happiness and belonging in schools, communities, and homes around the country.
“After the huge disruption of the past two years, the inequalities in young people’s health and activity levels have increased. We know unhealthy, unhappy children don’t learn and as a result we won’t have a society fit for the future. We want every child to have fun, move more and develop healthy habits this National School Sport Week. “
Andy Anson, CEO of the British Olympic Association, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Youth Sport Trust on this fun initiative. An important part of our remit is to bring together and inspire the nation through the power of Olympic sport, and inspiring young people to develop and maintain an active lifestyle is a vital element.
“It would be great to see our athletes sharing their stories and encouraging the next generation to reap the benefits of involvement in sport at every level.”
The event also coincided with the Youth Sport Trust’s ‘1 a Day’ 60 second physical activity challenges at 8.30am to support families and schools with ideas to keep moving every day across the week.
A team of almost 30 people begin their challenge to climb the Three Peaks all in aid of our mission to help more children to experience the benefits of sport and play and feel a sense of belonging through sport.
Families and schools can still access free resources by registering here.
For updates across the week follow @YouthSporttrust on social media.
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