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Sport special: How academies celebrated #NSSW

National School Sport Week, held by the Youth Sport Trust, inspire over a million children every year

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 24, 2016 | Sports & leisure

From 20-24 June, Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sports Week is an annual celebration of the benefits of being active. As the name would suggest, this is a weeklong awareness drive to help schools engage young people in being physically active. Each year, millions of young people take part. 

This year’s focus was inclusive sport and celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. 

Schools across the country signed up to take part, benefitting from resources and hints and tips on how to encourage young people to take part in PE and school sport.  


As well as National School Sport week, academies are also getting active in the run up to the Rio Olympic Games this August.

The Greenwood Academies Trust, which runs over 30 academies, is holding a Trust-wide festival to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic values as well as exploring Brazilian culture this summer. 

The extensive programme includes Trust-wide events and regional festivals, as well as a whole host of sports events and cultural activities at individual academies. Events include athletics, dance workshops, theatre and a Festival of Sport and Culture. 

Students and teachers at the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) in Bristol have embraced the Olympic ethos and values ahead of the Rio Olympics with a range of sporting activities. 

The main event will take place on 24 June will start with a torch relay involving teams of student sports leaders and staff from Bristol Brunel Academy, City Academy Bristol, Bristol Metropolitan Academy, Hanham Woods Academy, Hans Price Academy, John Cabot Academy and King’s Oak Academy will run around a designated course taking in the East Bristol secondary academies. They will start at King’s Oak Academy and finish at Bristol and West Athletics Club (Packers.)

In the afternoon, year five students for local primaries at Bristol and West Athletics Club will take part in a Mini Olympics event, produced and managed by students and staff who have taken part in the Torch Relay. There will be a small scale opening ceremony for the Mini Olympics. CLF primary academies taking part are Minerva Primary Academy and Frome Vale Academy. Easton Primary Academy will also be taking part. At the end of the event, scores for various events taking place that afternoon will be added together and the winning academy will be announced. 

John Cabot Academy are also involved in the Sky Sports for Living Project. Before the end of term, Olympic athlete Craig Figes will visit the academy to meet with students who have completed a six-week activity programme which focuses on developing six keys to success that include working as a team, respect, responsibility and self-management.

Katherine Ogden, PE teacher at John Cabot Academy, said: “The students are really looking forward to taking part in the main events. This Federation event will bring students together in competition and collaboration but it will to also celebrate the Olympic movement and all that this amazing organisation stands for both nationally and internationally.” 

How did you celebrate National School Sport Week? Send your stories and photos to the editor.

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