Children won't miss out on school sports days as charity announces virtual week of competition

Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 10:31

Children won't miss out on school sports days as charity announces virtual week of competition

Children's charity the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports have teamed up on a campaign to unite the country through sport and promote young people's wellbeing this summer.

With millions of young people set to miss out on a school sport day, the Youth Sport Trust's annual National School Sport Week campaign will this year be opened up to parents and families and reinvented as National School Sport Week at Home.

Taking place from 20 to 26 June, the UK-wide campaign will give families, communities, schools and sports clubs the opportunity to engage in a series of virtual sporting challenges which help young people capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they have been missing out on during weeks of school closures and social distancing.

People can register to take part in the campaign from today. Anyone signing up will receive videos and activity cards to help them plan a series of challenges across the week for their families, neighbours, friends or colleagues.

In previous years National School Sport Week has seen thousands of schools join in a week-long celebration of school sport and Physical Education, and their important role enhancing young people's wellbeing.

Sky Sports will supercharge this year's campaign, helping to inspire families across the country to take part. This builds on a long-term relationship between the broadcaster and charity. In 2003 the Youth Sport Trust and Sky launched Sky Sports Living for Sport, with over half a million young people taking part in the initiative over a decade. The Youth Sport Trust is now a key charity partner for Sky Cares, Sky's employee volunteering programme. Earlier this month the £75,000 commercial fees from the sportsmen and women whom appeared in the #IAmSport marketing film were donated by Sky Sports to the charity.

National Governing Bodies of sport will also be supporting the week, with several appointing stars of their sport as School Sport Champions.

Tags: Physical Activity, School Sport, Sport, YST