James Brokenshire visited Hurstmere School to celebrate the importance of PE and school sport to young people’s wellbeing. The school is one of thousands across the UK taking part in YST National School Sport Week 2019, which runs from 24 to 28 June.
The annual celebration is co-ordinated by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust to highlight the important role of Physical Education and school sport in education.
It comes at a time when national research shows that fewer than one in five young people are active for 60 minutes every day and thousands of hours of PE have been lost since 2012.
For this year’s YST National School Sport Week, schools are showcasing how PE and school sport are improving young people’s wellbeing. The week is being themed around the Five Ways to Wellbeing which states that the five keys to good mental health and wellbeing are being active, connecting, giving back, taking notice and learning.
Commenting on the event, James said:
“It has been fantastic to visit Hurstmere School this National School Sport Week and see first-hand what a crucial role Physical Education and school sport are playing for pupils in the school.”
“Taking part in school sport and a good quality physical education not only gives young people the best chance of leading healthy, active lifestyles, but can also bring huge benefits in improving wellbeing, concentration and developing character and life skills.”
“It is so important that every young person gets these opportunities, which is why I’m delighted to be supporting the Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sport Week.”