Gail Emms MBE, Olympic silver medallist and Youth Sport Trust ambassador:
“Mental health is something which is too often taken for granted. Having experienced some dark moments after retiring, I know and understand the value of nurturing mental wellbeing. This programme is a fantastic initiative which seeks to set young people on the right path within the school environment. There is so much more to sport than just physical benefits.”
There is so much more to sport than just physical benefits - PE and sport have a unique role to play in the physical and emotional development of children and young people, helping to address mental health issues. Mental health is a huge issue that can significantly impact on an individuals life. With in excess of 850,000 children in England who have a mental health problem and three children in every classroom who have a diagnosable metal health disorder, this is a growing problem that needs immediate action.
PE and sport have a unique role to play in the physical and emotional development of children and young people, helping to address mental health issues. PE2020 Active Healthy Minds programme aims to improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11 - 18 years across Northamptonshire. We are working in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Sport on a pioneering approach to delivering PE and sport in secondary schools, to positively impact on student achievement and attainment.
The programme will run over three academic years (September 2015 to July 2018), involving all secondary schools in the county and is to be independently evaluated.
For further information, please contact:
Development Manager - Northamptonshire