Activity Alliance supports National School Sport Week at Home
Activity Alliance is pleased to support the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports to help all young people and families up and down the country engage in a week of virtual sporting challenges. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this year's National School Sport Week campaign is going virtual!
With young people set to miss out on a school sport day this summer, the Youth Sport Trust’s annual National School Sport Week campaign is this year being 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 chance to capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they have been missing out on during weeks of school closures and social distancing.
Adapt activities at home with STEP
Activity Alliance will be supporting the campaign by sharing the top ways to adapt activities so everyone in the household, disabled and non-disabled, can take part in National School Sport Week at Home. We are mindful that many disabled children and young people may be less active during the COVID-19 period.
The STEP tool is one of the most effective ways to adapt activities and games to be more accessible for all children and adults. STEP stands for Space, Task, Equipment and People. It’s commonly used in the PE and school sport setting, but the principles work in all settings, especially in the home. It is a key feature of the Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE Training Programme and supports schools to deliver a high quality PE curriculum for all young people.
Visit our adapting activities page to find out more about the STEP tool and access our top STEP tips for disabled people, families and friends.
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.
This year, Sky Sports has teamed up with the Youth Sport Trust to supercharge the campaign, helping to inspire families across the country to take part. This builds on a long-term relationship between the broadcaster and charity.
Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive, Ali Oliver said:
"The Youth Sport Trust is thrilled to see supporters like Activity Alliance backing National School Sport Week at Home to ensure no child misses out on their school sports day this summer.
"Right now, young people are missing their friends and missing the sense of connection they get through sport. Sport has such a crucial role to play in promoting young people’s wellbeing and this has never been more apparent than it is now. After weeks of isolation we hope that YST National School Sport Week at Home 2020 can help bring families, communities, schools and sports clubs back together."
Anyone can register to take part and will receive videos and activity cards to help them plan a series of challenges across the week for their families, neighbours, friends or colleagues.