YST’s National School Sport Week

Youth Sport Trust (YST) and schools up and down the country are marking a week-long celebration of the power of Physical Education and school sport to improve young people’s wellbeing.

YST National School Sport Week (NSSW) will inspire schools and supporters to use Physical Education and school sport much more intentionally to promote wellbeing and support the personal development of young people between 24 and 28 June. 

The theme of the YST’s awareness week is ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ and Cerebral Palsy Sport will be sharing this alongside schools, teachers, parents, young people and others across the country to show why PE and sport should be considered an essential part of the curriculum alongside Maths and English.

Across the week, Cerebral Palsy Sport will be among those supporting calls for how PE and school sport help young people to experience the five widely-recognised ways to wellbeing.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Sport Trust, said:

“The focus of YST National School Sport Week 2019 will be on raising awareness of the vital role of PE and school sport in helping young people experience the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’: i) getting them active, ii) connecting, iii) giving back, iv) taking notice and v) learning.

“I’d urge anyone who cares about young people’s health, happiness and success in school to sign up and join our campaign to improve young people’s lives.”

Anyone can take part in YST National School Sport Week by signing up at www.youthsporttrust.org/nssw. The charity will share key developments and provide free resources with schools and supporters to help promote events and offer tips and ideas for getting the most out of the week.

Follow and join in the conversation on social media using @YouthSportTrust #NSSW

Cerebral Palsy Sport provide training, resources and information to support inclusivity in school sport.

New video educates schools on delivering inclusive opportunities for disabled children

To mark World Children’s Day, Monday 20th November, National Disability Sports Organisations and Youth Sport Trust have released a new video to improve the delivery of inclusive sports opportunities through the School Games. The new video highlights how schools can work together with expert partners to ensure their School Games offer is inclusive for all pupils.

Video still - girls football

It raises awareness of the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs), who have expertise on providing high quality sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people. Youth Sport Trust is keen to see more schools work with the NDSOs to ensure that all disabled and non-disabled pupils can take part in school sport together.

There are eight NDSOs – British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association UK, LimbPower, Mencap Sport, Special Olympics Great Britain, UK Deaf Sport and WheelPower. Each organisation can provide advice, guidance and resources to teachers and School Games Organisers on how best to deliver sport for young people with specific impairments, and help schools to:

  • Provide meaningful competition opportunities for young disabled people
  • Raise confidence levels of school staff to deliver inclusive opportunities
  • Develop participation pathways in school sport and beyond
  • Build relationships with local clubs to encourage sustained participation

Inclusive opportunities that are inspiring, accessible and meaningful for all young people is a core principle of the School Games. The video along with the recent relaunch of the Inclusive Health Check allows teachers and School Games Organisers to measure how they are performing on inclusive delivery. By working through Inclusive Health Check across all competitions, users are encouraged to ensure that young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have access to take part in high quality competitive opportunities.

NDSOs Youth Sport Trust and the School Games delivery network share a common goal, to see more young disabled people and those with additional needs taking part in school sport on a regular basis.

Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/IM0URlrO088

For more information and to access great resources to support inclusive sport in your school. Visit the Inclusive Sport page on the School Games website.