#CelebratePE in National School Sports Week

As National School Sports Week (NSSW) takes place across the country this week, 26th-30th June, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are celebrating PE as they take part in the national event.

The Youth Sport Trust, a national children’s charity, are celebrating NSSW in its 9th year, with thoudsands of schools and more than a million young people taking part. The initiative aligns with the Youth Sport Trust’s core mission of building a brighter future for young people through sport.

NSSW is a huge celebration of everything that is great about PE and school sport, whether through traditional sports such as football, hockey or netball, or in alternative activities such as dance or Frisbee, there is something out there for everyone to enjoy and be active.

National School Sport Week is a fantastic opportunity to get all your pupils active and involved in more PE and school sport and to celebrate your school’s achievements. It aims to inspire a generation and promote lifelong participation in sport.

James Rawlinson, Sport Development Officer said “National School Sports Week is a great initiative for both schools and their pupils as it helps to increase participation in sport and get young people across the country more active”

“We are really excited to be celebrating PE over National School Sports Week. We’re seeing some real progress in a number of schools where PE is seen as something far more than a block of one sport followed by another” says Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. “Many primary settings are working with us to integrated physical activity across the curriculum to increase engagement and improve cognition and are using their PE and Sport Premum for much needed professional development opportunities for teachers.

“Within secondary schools we are seeing programmes such as YST Girls Active significantly reimagine how young women and teachers can work together to close the gender gap while programmes such as YST’s My Personal Best, develop character and enhance employability skills.”

The Youth Sport Trust launched its partnership with Entertainment One’s (eOne) PJ Masks show, bringing to life the popular characters from the show in free digital resources for schools as they sign up for the week. The primary activity pack is full of branded activities inspired by the strengths of the three PJ Masks main characters: Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, a superhero trio of friends who embark on action-packed adventures using their superpowers of agility, strength and flight.

Power of 3 will specifically target young children between the ages of 2-5 in pre-school settings such as nursaries as well as youngsters in primary schools. They will be encouraged to take part in 30 minutes of daily activity, contributing in primary schools, and pre-school settings such as nurseries, who will be encouraged to take part in 30 minutes of daily activity, contributing to the daily total recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer; 180 minutes for pre-school aged children and 60 minutes for school aged children, which should be a mix of moderate to vigorous in its intensity.

For secondary schools, free resources aimed at older children have also been shared to help schools celebrate sport throughout the week.

A Year in School Sport:
• 21,359 schools were reached through the UK School Games and over 1.1 million young people engaged in extra-curricular sport every week in schools taking part.
• 8.3 million students had the opportunity to participate in the School Games in 2015-16
• 843,083 young people were provided with direct opportunities to participate in PE & Sport through26 YST programmes
• 129,553 young people were provided with Youth Sport Trust training opportunities, including coaching, officiating & volunteering
• 34,446 teachers, coaches and volunteers received training from the Youth Sport Trust across 27 programmes, with over 70% receiving training in inclusive practice

For more information visit www.youthsporttrust.org @YouthSportTrust #CelebratePE

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