This week is National School Sport Week (NSSW), and at Learn Play Grow this is something we’re very happy about. This week is a wonderful opportunity to encourage school age children to enjoy getting more active, get more involved in PE and generally have fun with fitness.
The first ever National School Sport Week was in 2008, and by 2016, more than 5,000 schools and 1.8 million pupils took part. This year, the Youth Sport Trust launched a new ‘Power of 3’ initiative which reflects a trio of PJ Masks heroes and is designed to encourage kids into being active and getting involved with sport – something that we’re also very keen to get behind with our PE provision in schools.
This week, every nursery and primary school registered with the website has access to the PJ Masks Power of 3 activity pack which is so much fun for kids; it’s packed with a range of specially branded activities inspired by three characters: Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, superheroes who have action-packed adventures that use agility, strength and flight.
Registered users also get to use the FREE resource library of downloadable documents, presentations and films designed to inspire schools about the ways they can use PE and sport to improve not just children’s health but also their mental and emotional wellbeing, leadership skills and achievement levels.
The Youth Sport Trust’s Chief Executive, Ali Oliver believes that school PE is changing.
“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. Many primary settings are working with us to integrate physical activity across the curriculum to increase engagement and are using their PE and Sport Premium for much needed professional development opportunities for teachers.”
The initiative aligns with the Youth Sport Trust’s core mission of building a brighter future for young people through sport.
In the past year:
- 21,359 schools were reached through the 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 and sport through 26 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.
If you’d like to work with Learn Play Grow on school PE provision or nursery classes, please get in touch with us!
How did your kids’ schools mark National Schools Sport Week? We’d love to hear all about it.