England Netball is joining the Youth Sport Trust (YST) and schools up and down the country to mark 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.
England Netball is taking part in the YST’s awareness week with a theme of ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ and joining 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.
As part of its commitment to YST’s National School Sport Week, England Netball will be hosting a panel event on 27th June in Liverpool to discuss the importance of PE on the school curriculum with the Youth Sport Trust, famous sporting names, head teachers and many more.
Joanna Adams, CEO at England Netball, said: “We are proud to be supporting YST’s National School Sport Week. We know that sport plays a massive role in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of children, so making PE a core subject on the school curriculum is something we desperately want to see and are passionate about promoting.
“We have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline designed to encourage children to play netball and get active, so watch this space.”
Across the week, England Netball 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:
“It’s fantastic that England Netball is taking part and showing their commitment to championing the power of sport to improve young people’s lives.
“The wellbeing of young people has been in decline and too many are struggling with issues that a good quality Physical Education could support them with. But four in five young people aren’t active enough and schools have been cutting time for PE on the curriculum.
“To turn this around we need like-minded schools, teachers, parents, young people and others to join together this YST National School Sport Week and show why PE and sport have an essential role to play in every young person’s development and the subject should have the same importance as Maths and English within a child’s education.
“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.