National School Sports Week is back and will be taking place from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th June, and the theme for 2022 is “Belonging – a place in sport for every child”.
Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust started the annual National School Sport Week campaign in 2008 and it has run every year since. Last year the campaign was renamed as National School Sport Week at Home and, with many young people not in school, families were invited to take part at home for the first time. With the help of Sky Sports, it reached 2 million people. Read more about the 2020 campaign here.
The Youth Sport Trust believe that sport in school should be an important part of every child’s education and development. Every child should feel like they belong, but too many young people feel this isn’t happening. They are left feeling alienated by sport, that it isn’t for them and that they have no part in it. After the huge disruption of the past two years, the inequalities in young people’s health and activity levels have only gotten worse.
There is so much that all young people can gain from sport in school – connecting with others, developing important life skills and improving both their physical and mental health. You can find out more on the Youth Sports Trust website.