Shaun Dowling, our Head of Sport, considers how PE and Sport contributes to school life.
PE and school sport have the potential to contribute to the heart and soul of any school.
They provide young people of all abilities and backgrounds the chance to excel; the opportunity to work collaboratively with and competitively against others; and the environment in which they can challenge themselves to achieve more than they ever thought was capable.
Moreover, as the Spirit of Rio demonstrates, PE and sport can be the catalyst to bring young people and curriculum subjects together in a celebration of culture and learning.
International sporting events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games often show us humanity at its best and there is so much to learn from the athletes that is directly applicable to young people and their own goals and ambitions.
It is impossible to put a value on the inspiration we will gain from our Sport Ambassadors Alex Danson and Maddie Hinch (hockey), Emma Wiggs (paracanoe) and Lauren Steadman (paratriathlon) as they compete in Rio. Further, to have one of our own students, Alice Tai, competing in paraswimming is an extraordinary honour.
The Games will unite people from around the world in the Olympic and Paralympic values and we hope that the Spirit of Rio will do likewise for the young people across United Learning.
We wish our Sport Ambassadors and Alice the very best of luck for this summer’s events and we look forward to supporting them across our schools.