More than 100 teachers from across the county attended Lincolnshire’s annual PE & School Sport Conference today [Friday 24 March] at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.
The event was organised by Active Lincolnshire in conjunction with the One Network (including Youth Sport Trust, Inspire+ and the School Sport Partnerships of Lincolnshire).
The overwhelming theme of the conference was how to move towards being an active nation, something that Ali Oliver Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust and keynote speaker at the event strongly supports.
She said: “Making sure children are physical literate is just as important as teaching them traditional subjects like mathematics and literacy.
“We are incredibly proud to be a part of the One Network at Youth Sport Trust and through PE & Sport we have a shared goal.”
In her opening speech Ali Oliver discussed how to break sedentary behaviour by creating active classrooms.
She said: “National policies keep moving but we shouldn’t let policy drive what we do. We hope to create active schools to equip the next generation and future generations after them. Together we can build a brighter future for children in PE and sport.”
“There is evidence in the public domain to back up the correlation between activity and learning, not to mention other benefits of being physically active, like the general wellbeing of people.”
Part of the day included the launch of a local initiative called #LincsSchoolsStandUp, which takes place on Friday 23rd June.
Rupert Gibson, School Games Organiser for Lincolnshire South East, said: “#LincsSchoolsStandUp is an exciting new project designed to encourage schools to provide more active lessons. The aim is to improve the wellbeing and academic progress of all pupils.
“We’ve already had 75 schools pledge their support to take part this year which is brilliant.”
Sam Purkiss, Teacher at Sir Francis Hill Community School said: “As a first time attendee of the conference I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was an insightful, inspiring and enjoyable day looking at the PE bigger picture. The chance to network and share ideas was invaluable. I would recommend it.”
Navaz Sutton, Client Manager (Children & Young People) at Active Lincolnshire, added: “It was fantastic to welcome so many teachers and head teachers to the event today. Each year the event gets bigger. Ali Oliver’s message is one that we are already fully on board with here in Lincolnshire with a number of initiatives, including #LincsSchoolsStandUp which we are supporting through our work with the One Network.”
As the conference moved to a close, delegates were asked to think about how collaboration between schools, coaching providers and the One Network can help to improve activity in schools across the county. Findings will be coordinated by the One Network.