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Joining forces for school sport

NAHT announces Youth Sport Trust as new partner charity

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 05, 2015 | Sports & leisure

School leaders’ union NAHT will partner with the Youth Sport Trust (YST) as its charity of choice for the 2015-16 academic year, underlining the importance of PE and sport in education. 

A charity is selected each year by the association’s president. New president ,Tony Draper, said: “The benefits I gained from a childhood immersed in sport and physical activity made me the person I am today. School sport can transform a child’s relationship with learning and I want all children to have that opportunity.

“I firmly believe that by engaging in athletic and sporting pursuits and the associated skills, children exercise their minds and develop and grow academically. Physical and mental health go hand in hand. Team games foster friendships that last a lifetime and also promote the life skills to be able to interact with others in new situations. Sport promotes values and behaviours that are a passport to a healthy and happy life.” 

NAHT and YST will work together over the coming year to promote the professional development of staff, an area which still requires a great deal of effort. We believe that the introduction of the school sport premium has not yet had the desired effect on children. 

Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, added: “A good education is a balanced education and it is crucial to start children on healthy habits early. Sport is at the heart of that. NAHT has, over the past few years, been working closely with sports organisations to call for a long-term vision for PE. Schools value the ethos and development that sport can offer and a great many do extraordinarily well in providing a high quality sports offer. The invaluable work of the Youth Sport Trust helps to make this happen.” 

Welcoming the partnership, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: “We are greatly honoured to be the NAHT’s partner charity for the year. NAHT provides vital resources and support to head teachers and we look forward to furthering our relationship, reach and understanding amongst this vital audience. 

“At the Youth Sport Trust, we are committed to ensuring that young people develop the physical, social and emotional literacy they need to succeed in the classroom and in life through high quality PE and school sport.

“This partnership comes at a vital time for PE and school sport, and I look forward to working together to ensure that every young person has access to high quality PE and sport opportunities at school.”    

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