Preparations are well underway at Carter Community School in Pool for the academy's first ever virtual sports week.
The academy is participating in the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports’ National School Sport Week (NSSW) at Home which seeks to give young people a chance to capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they usually experience around school sports days.
Between 20th and 26th June, Carter Community School will be encouraging its pupils to participate in a different sporting challenge each day. The challenges have been designed to be completed by pupils of all abilities and with whatever equipment they can find. The Youth Sport Trust has therefore been quite inventive with their challenges which include tap up tennis, frisbee golf, wastepaper basketball and even horizontal climbing.
Sam Cox, PE teacher at Carter Community School, said:
“Our summer term is normally filled with a huge array of sports and physical activity for all our pupils. Despite the situation we find ourselves in, I am determined for our pupils to still have access to these sporting opportunities. In addition to our own Sports Day, which we will hold virtually at the end of term, the National School Sports Week at Home will give our pupils another chance to hone their physical skills and enjoy a range of sports.
“Our sports day and NSSW are some of the ways in which we deliver an Education with Character as they help us nurture in our pupils key attributes such as team work, competition and ambition. By holding these events virtually, we can continue to nurture these skills and encourage our pupils to follow healthy, active lifestyles.”
Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:
“The Youth Sport Trust is thrilled that Carter Community College is backing 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.”