Youth Sport Trust National School Sport Week at Home

YST 2020
This year, the Youth Sport Trust (YST) has teamed up with Sky Sports to run a national campaign which will aim to unite the country - families, schools, sport and businesses - in a celebration of the power of sport to bring people together, even during isolation.

The UK-wide campaign will challenge people to take on their families, friends and neighbours in virtual sporting challenges – helping them to connect in an unprecedented period of school closures and social distancing.

YST work towards a future where every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport, there can be no bigger priority than addressing the dramatic decline in children’s health and wellbeing.

Time and time again research shows that young people who are inactive and suffer from the greatest health inequalities are the least likely to achieve their potential and benefit from the power of sport to help them in life.

YST Health and Wellbeing work incorporates three key areas of focus – physical, social and emotional wellbeing. The Youth Sport Trust engage inactive and vulnerable young people in activities. They have lots of supports available on their website.

Mental health is a topic that comes up time and time again, especially during lockdown. 

 Earlier this week, an article in the Daily Mail talked about an online mental health discussion where a number of athletes, including England & GB Hockey player Maddie Hinch, as well as Prince William came together to talk about mental health. During the call Mr Dowden said 'Looking after our mental health is as important as our physical health, particularly through the pandemic which has brought about additional stress and change.’

Now is the time to look after yourself, everyone is experiencing changes and it affects everyone in different ways. Sport and physical activity are one way of helping you to improve your mental health. 

At England Hockey we encourage our players and members to look after their mental health and we have a number of resources available online including information and tips from the  charity Mind. They use the power of sport and physical activity to raise awareness, tackle mental health stigmas and support those of us with mental health problems to become more active. They offer a range of resources and engagement opportunities for sports organisations who wish to do more around mental health.