Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham has pledged his support for sport and physical education (PE) in local schools by becoming a School Sport Champion for 2019.
Alex has taken up the role on behalf of the Youth Sport Trust, a national charity that works inpartnership with over 20,000 schools, Government and leading sporting organisations to improve PE and school sport.
Evidence shows that taking part in regularphysical activity can not only improve physical health, but also support mental wellbeing, boost educational attainment and builds key character traits such as resilience and grit. Alex joined headteachers in the Houses of Parliament to hear recommendations from the Youth Sport Trust on their 6-point plan for the future of PE and School Sport. This plan includes a goal for every child to be active for 60 minutes every day, increasing access to sport facilities and setting a long-term commitment to ensure every child is able to lead an active lifestyle.
“I was delighted to attend the Youth Sport Trust’s parliamentary drop-in and become a School Sport Champion for 2019.
“I want every child in Stockton North to have the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activities at all levels.
“Over the coming year I will work in Parliament and locally to promote the importance of physical activity, and to support access to sports facilities for after-school activities across the area”
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:
“I am delighted that Alex has become a School Sport Champion for 2019, and given their support to the important role physical activity should play in every child’s life.
“We know that an active lifestyle inchildhood helps young people grow up healthier, happier and more likely to fulfil their potential.
“This is why it is important that local politicians, schools, sports groups, parents and children all work together to support all children to take part in physical activity at all levels”