Premier Sport, the largest sports coaching company of its kind for children in the UK, has made an individual pledge that will mean £150,000 worth of physical activity and sport opportunities for 1,000 primary schools with the aim of engaging over 200,000 children of all abilities – as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal.
The pledge means that the first 1,000 schools to apply to Premier Sport will receive a Health and Physical Activity evaluation day worth £150 completely free. The evaluation will include a full day of physical activity and school sport, plus a fitness baseline assessment for one class using the ‘Golden Mile’ – a physical activity programme that is being administered nationwide in order to assess the fitness levels, health and wellbeing of children.
Health Minister, Simon Burns, who provides ministerial support to the Responsibility Deal physical activity network, said:
“I applaud this pledge from Premier Sport as part of the Responsibility Deal, which will mean over 200,000 children in primary schools being given increased opportunities to be more active and to learn important life skills through sport.
“Using their network of over 500 coaches, Premier Sport will work in 1,000 primary schools – providing learning opportunities which will be enjoyable for children as well as teaching them the importance of being active throughout life.”
Fred Turok, chair of the physical activity network, said:
“Premier Sport’s commitment to the Responsibility Deal will have a real impact in inspiring and getting children at primary schools more active.
“It’s vital we reach children as early as possible to help them appreciate the fun and benefits of being active, which they will hopefully carry with them throughout their lives. What strengthens this pledge is the work the Premier Sports advisors do to develop a plan with teachers, helping leave a real legacy for the school and future pupils.”
Speaking on behalf of Premier Sport, Luke Miles, Director, said:
“2012 is set to be the biggest year for UK sport since England won the World Cup in 1966 and we want to help develop a lasting legacy. Our pledge of £150,000 will give 200,000 primary school pupils across the country the opportunity to take part in a structured and professional physical activity.”
For further information on Premier Sport visit their website at http://www.premiersport.org/