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Revamped primary schools ‘Centre of Excellence for Physical Activity’

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Posted 25th April 2022

As we begin the final term of the 2021/22 academic year, we’re excited to be on the verge of announcing the first primary schools to be awarded status as a Centre of Excellence for Physical Activity.

We revamped the Centre of Excellence scheme last summer, aligning it with the seven opportunities from the pioneering Creating Active Schools framework (CAS), that supports schools to embed physical activity strategically at policy level, as well as highlighting how the physical and social environment of a school plays an important role in providing and sustaining physical activity opportunities.

The opportunities include those which the school can control, such as active learning, and physical education; in addition to opportunities that the school can only influence, including active travel,  and after school clubs.

The programme will recognise and celebrate those South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire primary schools who are providing outstanding and sustainable opportunities for their pupils to be active during and beyond the school day, and status will be awarded for two years.

A Centre of Excellence will receive:

  • A plaque to display at the school to highlight their achievement
  • Local media coverage to celebrate the success with parents and the wider community
  • Chance to feature on The YSF Podcast to share your success story
  • Support to share their good practice with other schools

“We’re really pleased by the response to the revamped Centre of Excellence scheme,” said Alex Ogden, PE, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) lead at Yorkshire Sport Foundation.

“As an organisation, we’ve been involved with Creating Active Schools since the very beginning, and I’ve been in schools providing workshops to schools across both counties throughout the year. Aligning the Centre of Excellence with our wider CAS support provides us with another opportunity to share not only what Creating Active Schools is all about, but also provide schools with real life examples of how it is being implemented by others.

“Schools do not need to be currently implementing the CAS framework. As long as they can evidence that their physical activity opportunity uses a whole school approach and is impacting on policy and environments then we would love to hear from them.

“There are a number of schools doing fantastic work, but if it was easy everyone would already be doing it. The Centre of Excellence scheme is a way of sharing that learning and recognising the schools who are leading the way.”

The full list of categories can be found on our website, including details of how to apply.

The first schools to be awarded the new Centre of Excellence status will be announced during the summer term. The announcements will be accompanied by an episode of The YSF Podcast where the schools will share their story, plus details of an online webinar where you can learn more about their approach, take away some top tips and put your own questions to them.

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