Thousands of children will be able to enjoy a whole range of sporting activities in Stoke-on-Trent next week when they take part in the Lloyds TSB National School Sports Week.
Each high school in the north of the city has nominated National School Sports Week leaders to champion the activities taking place in their school. The aim is to help promote the national target of a five hour offer of PE and sport for all young people. The idea is also to champion the Olympic/Paralympic values of inspiration, equality, excellence, friendship, determination, respect and courage. Schoolchildren will also be encouraged to make a sports pledge which could involve taking more exercise in the week or getting involved in a new sport.
One of the highlights of the week will be the TOP Link Sport Festival at Northwood Stadium on Wednesday June 30th, when 350 primary school children will be coached in 16 different sports by 70 high school sports leaders. The sports include; cricket, gymnastics, football, volleyball, dodge ball and badminton. The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Cllr. Denver Tolley, will be one of the VIP’s along with former international gymnast Craig Heap and local international athlete Alex Nelson who will both be involved with the National School Sport Week programme of events.
As well as the Northwood festival, schools are hosting a number of events in their own schools from cycling and rowing to an agility festival.
Councillor Hazel Lyth said, ‘As we look forward to the 2012 Olympics, this is a terrific showcase of how our young people are embracing a variety of sports. There really is something for everyone here, and the programme is aimed at being inclusive for children of all abilities.’
Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, Councillor. Debra Gratton, said, ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to try their hand at all sorts of different sports and it helps to raise the profile of sport in schools, which is a key element of any child’s development. Getting involved in events like this gives young people a chance to develop their sporting skills, which in turn helps with general confidence and self-esteem.’
Events start on Monday June 28 and finish on Friday July 2.