James supports National School Sport Week at Home Campaign to ensure no child misses out

James Brokenshire is joining the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports to help young people and families up and down the country engage in a week of virtual sporting challenges.

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.

The annual celebration is 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.

Individuals can sign up through the Youth Sport Trust’s website to receive free tools and materials to help them plan a series of games and challenges, which they can then use to compete against their friends and family, in person and through social media. 

James is supporting the campaign and calling on families, individuals and organisations from across Old Bexley and Sidcup to get involved and challenge one another.

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.

Commenting, James said:

“With so many children missing out on the great experience of a school sports day, it’s wonderful to see National School Sport Week going virtual to help re-capture the fun and competition of school sport at home.”

“Children who take part in school sport and good quality physical education not only have the best chance of leading healthy, active lifestyles, but also gain huge benefits in improving their wellbeing, concentration and developing character and life skills.”

“It’s more important than ever that we look after our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing during this difficult time. That’s why I’m delighted to be supporting the Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sport Week at Home and encourage constituents to sign-up”