Dudley South MP champions the importance of PE and school sport

Mike Wood visited Glynne Primary School last Friday morning to celebrate the importance of PE and school sport to young people’s wellbeing. 

The school was one of thousands across the UK taking part in last week’s Youth Sport Trust (YST) National School Sport Week 2019. 

The annual celebration is co-ordinated by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust to highlight the important role of Physical Education and school sport in education. 

It comes at a time when national research shows that fewer than one in five young people are active for 60 minutes every day and thousands of hours of PE have been lost since 2012. 

During his visit, Mike Wood joined in with table tennis and crazy golf games with the children and spoke to teachers about what they are doing to ensure the children remain active throughout the week and therefore improve their wellbeing. 

For this year’s YST National School Sport Week, schools are showcasing how PE and school sport are improving young people’s wellbeing. The week was themed around the Five Ways to Wellbeing which states that the five keys to good mental health and wellbeing are being active, connecting, giving back, taking notice and learning. 

Mike Wood said: “It has been fantastic to visit Glynne Primary School this National School Sport Week and see first-hand what a crucial role Physical Education and school sport are playing for pupils in the school. 
 
“Taking part in school sport and a good quality physical education not only gives young people the best chance of leading healthy, active lifestyles, but can also bring huge benefits in improving wellbeing, concentration and developing character and life skills. 

“It is so important that every young person gets these opportunities, which is why I’m delighted to be supporting the Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sport Week.” 
 
Tracey Powell, Headteacher at Glynne Primary School, said: “We are delighted that Mike Wood has been able to join us to celebrate National Sport Week at Glynne Primary School. 

“Being active and healthy is essential for children and their wellbeing and it is something which we strive to promote throughout the year at Glynne Primary School. Having Mike visit us has allowed us to showcase our approach to physical activity which is inclusive, varied and engaging for all children.”

“It has been fantastic to visit Glynne Primary School this National School Sport Week and see first-hand what a crucial role Physical Education and school sport are playing for pupils in the school." 
 
“Taking part in school sport and a good quality physical education not only gives young people the best chance of leading healthy, active lifestyles, but can also bring huge benefits in improving wellbeing, concentration and developing character and life skills."

“It is so important that every young person gets these opportunities, which is why I’m delighted to be supporting the Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sport Week.”