St Breock School Headteacher Denise Gladwell has swapped the classroom for Parliament in a bid make sure pupils in Cornwall benefit from high quality PE and sport opportunities at school.
Mrs Gladwell - the Headteacher of St Breock Primary School on Tremarren Road in Wadebridge and a Headteacher Ambassador for independent charity Youth Sport Trust - met with local MP Dan Rogerson at the Trust’s recent Parliamentary reception.
PE and school sport provides numerous benefits for young people as it improves physical and mental health, builds resilience, creates active habits for life and boosts academic achievement.
Yet with only 21% of boys and 16% of girls currently doing the amount of physical activity they need to stay healthy, that too many children are living inactive lifestyles, damaging both their health and their ability to succeed.
After learning more about the work being done at St Breock School to promote high quality PE and school sport, Dan Rogerson MP signed up to become a ‘School Sport Champion’ by backing the Youth Sport Trust’s “Unlocking Potential” Manifesto.
The Youth Sport Trust want to make sure that every child has access to high quality PE and sport opportunities at school. They suggest that this could be done by providing more time for higher quality PE, for opportunities for physical activity to be built into the school day, and for sustained competitive sport in schools.
Speaking after the event, Denise Gladwell said, “I am confident that in Dan, PE and sport has a great champion! If schools and parents can help children form good habits and enjoyment of physical activity we are helping them in the long term to lead happy, healthy and successful lives.”
North Cornwall’s MP Dan Rogerson added, “It was great to meet with Denise again and to learn more about the benefits of high quality PE, school sport and physical activity. The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were a springboard for getting young people interested and involved in Sport. We need to build on that success by making sure all young people across North Cornwall and the country can access PE and school sport opportunities like those on offer at St Breock School.”