Kettering school backs campaign to ensure no child misses out on sports day

There will be a week of virtual challenges

By Sam Wildman
Friday, 19th June 2020, 2:52 pm
Updated Friday, 19th June 2020, 2:54 pm
Southfield School is joining the campaign
Southfield School is joining the campaign

Kettering's Southfield School is set to join a national campaign to help young people up and down the country take part in a week of virtual sporting challenges.

With young people set to miss out on their main school sport day this summer, the Youth Sport Trust is taking its annual National School Sport Week campaign beyond the school gates to

parents and families - with it reinvented as National School Sport Week at Home.

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From tomorrow (June 20) to June 26 families, communities, sports clubs and schools are taking part in a series of challenges to capture the enjoyment and competition they have been missing because of school closures.

At Southfield School, with social distancing in place, pupils and staff are challenging themselves to complete the 'personal challenge rainbow' - with each challenge representing a different sporting area.

Youth Sport Trust chief executive Ali Oliver said: “The Youth Sport Trust (YST) is thrilled that Southfield School for Girls is backing the 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.”

This year's campaign is being supported by Sky Sports because of a long-term relationship with YST and the broadcaster.

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.

For more information and to sign up to take part in this summer’s National School Sport Week at Home go to: www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week-home.