Knowsley School Sport Partnership keep spirits up

When the country went into lockdown on Monday 23 March, Knowsley School Sport Partnership (KSSP) had to react quickly to ensure all of their schools still received the high level of service that they have come to expect.

In line with the Youth Sport Trust issued temporary guidelines, they adapted their work programme to deliver a wide variety of online virtual challenges.

These included weekly personal best challenges, national initiatives such as the Keep Your Spirits Up Keepy Up Challenge, The Merseyside Virtual School Games and National School Sports Week at Home.

David Sweeney, Knowsley Schools competition manager, said: “All of our programmes were aimed to give the young people of Knowsley extensive opportunities to stay active and have fun through a series of simple and easy to do physical and mental challenges that could be done on your own or with family with little or no equipment. 

“It also allowed young people to still feel connected to their school, friends and wider school and borough community during a difficult period of isolation.” 

KSSP also delivered and promoted a wide range of webinars and online learning courses, to help further teacher’s continued professional development and help prepare schools, parents and teachers for how the new school sporting landscape may look post COVID 19 lockdown.

David said: “We have been blown away by the engagement of our schools through our various social media channels, and it has been great to see so many schools and young people getting involved with our challenges, staying active and having fun during this most difficult of times. 

“Each year our school’s commitment to PE, school sport and physical activity is recognised and rewarded through the School Games Mark Award Scheme. This rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. 

“Due to the sporting calendar being cut short this year because of the pandemic, the award scheme has been paused until next academic year. 

“However, we have chosen to reward our schools with two awards, one to recognise their commitment to PE and school sport, and a Virtual Engagement Award, highlighting their ongoing engagement to the partnerships challenges and activities online over the summer term”.

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