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15 June, 2020

British Wheelchair Basketball backs National School Sport Week at Home campaign

British Wheelchair Basketball is preparing to join the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports to help young people and families up and down the country engage in a week of virtual sporting challenges.

With young people set to miss out on a school sport day this summer, the Youth Sport Trust’s annual National School Sport Week campaign is this year being opened up to parents and families and reinvented as National School Sport Week at Home.

Taking place from 20 to 26 June, the UK-wide campaign will give families, communities, schools and sports clubs the chance to capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they have been missing out on during weeks of school closures and social distancing.

British Wheelchair Basketball will be taking part in the week by sharing a different wheelchair basketball related challenge each day, including a distance challenge, skill school and a shooting challenge.

Led by members of the World and European Championships winning men’s squad and the World and European silver medal winning women’s squad, the challenges will be shared on British Wheelchair Basketball’s website and social media in the lead-up to the week.

British Wheelchair Basketball CEO Lisa Pearce said:

“British Wheelchair Basketball are proud to be supporting National School Sport Week. We know that sport plays a massive role in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of children, so it’s incredibly important to us at British Wheelchair Basketball that physical education and school sport is inclusive for all students, regardless of their ability.

“We’ve got exciting things planned for this year’s National School Sport Week, designed to demonstrate how activities can be adapted to ensure as many children as possible can experience the health and social benefits of school sport.”

In previous years National School Sport Week has seen thousands of schools join in a week-long celebration of school sport and Physical Education, and their important role enhancing young people’s wellbeing.

This year, Sky Sports has teamed up with the Youth Sport Trust to supercharge the campaign, helping to inspire families across the country to take part. This builds on a long-term relationship between the broadcaster and charity.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

“The Youth Sport Trust is thrilled to see supporters like British Wheelchair Basketball 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.”

Anyone can register to take part and will receive videos and activity cards to help them plan a series of challenges across the week for their families, neighbours, friends or colleagues.

For more information and to sign up to take part in this summer’s National School Sport Week at Home go to: www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week-home.

Follow and join in the conversation on social media using @YouthSportTrust #NSSW

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