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Dame Kelly Holmes Celebrates National School Sport Week in The UK

July 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Dame Kelly Holmes Celebrates National School Sport Week in The UK

Watch the gold medallist get up to 3 million kids involved in the week long event

Dame Kelly Holmes is touring the UK to mark the first ever National School Sport Week – a week-long celebration of PE and school sport across thousands of schools in England.

The government initiative, which is supported by Norwich Union, was launched in May by the Olympic champion and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Teachers and pupils were encouraged to come up with innovative activities to help celebrate and raise awareness of all the good work taking place in PE and school sport across the country, and over the course of the week, it hopes to engage over three million school children – the largest number ever to get involved in PE and school sport at any one time.

The event is supported by new research which reveals the impact school sport has had on successive British generations. According to the research, many people say that school sport has helped them develop a competitive spirit; taught them leadership and teamwork; and helped them develop skills they have needed later in life. Many of us also have fond memories of our school sports days – with 10% saying it was the thing they looked forward to most all year!

During the week, Dame Kelly, as part of her ongoing role as National School Sport Champion, will be touring the country via helicopter – dubbed the ‘Kellycopter’ – to see first-hand how schools and pupils have gotten involved. She will also be meeting with Gordon Brown to discuss the opportunities to launch further initiatives in PE and school sport over the coming years.

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