Peter Lilley joined local head teachers Rosemarie Bethel of Breachwood Green JMI School and Steve Mills of Whitehill Junior School to show his support for sport in schools at the launch of the Youth Sport Trust Manifesto in Parliament. “Unlocking Potential” calls on the next Government to ensure every child has access to high quality PE and sport opportunities at school.
Peter said: “School sport provides numerous benefits for young people. It improves physical and mental health, builds resilience, and boosts academic achievement. Yet only 21% of boys and 16% of girls are currently doing the amount of physical activity they need to stay healthy. Too many children are living inactive lifestyles, damaging both their health and their ability to succeed.”
Rosemarie Bethel, Head teacher of Breachwood Green JMI School said: “We have always recognised the importance of sport and the central role it plays in helping our pupils lead healthy and happy lives. Not only does it keep our pupils fit, healthy and active, it also boosts their academic achievement and teaches valuable life skills. We were awarded Hertfordshire’s Primary Sports School of the Year in December (3rd time in 4 years). A remarkable achievement for a village school with just 117 pupils with no playing field attached to the school. It is important that children have the opportunity to participate and achieve at the highest level enabling them to become inspirational role models for the younger pupils in the school.”
Steve Mills, Head teacher at Whitehill Junior School and advocate for the Herts Sports Partnership and Youth Sport Trust in Hertfordshire, said: “I am always so impressed and proud when I look at what our staff and pupils achieve in sports related activities. Having a particular passion for PE in school and recognising the importance sport can play in raising standards and achievement in many other aspects of school life, I will continue to be as pro-active as possible in ensuring pupils receive as much quality provision as possible. The learning that comes from participation in sport goes far beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum and sets the pupils up for life.”