The social outcomes of sport and physical activity will be high on the agenda during the first ‘Great British Week of Sport’ next week.
A series of events from September 19-27 will showcase a variety of sports and activities which help people of all ages to be more active and enjoy the mental, social and physical benefits.
ukactive, in partnership with Sport England, the Government and the European Commission, will work with a host of partners to deliver activities supporting a range of audiences throughout the week, using the hashtag #BeActive on social media.
These include the leading Sport for Development network StreetGames helping to bring sports and activities to children, families and young people, and the mental health charity Mind working alongside a number of its regional network hubs to demonstrate how being active can help to mitigate factors that cause us stress and anxiety.
On Tuesday 22 September, ukactive will team up with RED Together, a national movement that encourages people to get active every day in order to improve their mental health, and the following day will mark National Fitness Day with gyms, leisure centres and sports providers offering free activities for visitors to try.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of ukactive, said: “We are delighted to launch the Great British Week of Sport, celebrating everything that’s great about our passion for physical activity and sport.
“We are living in challenging times, which makes it all the more important we celebrate the incredible spirit and unity through sport and activity that makes our communities stronger.
“Every day, taking part in physical activity and sport brings people together in a way that is very unique, making our gyms, leisure centres and sports venues part of our social fabric.
“The Great British Week of Sport will show that physical activity is available to everyone, no matter what your background, age, gender, race or ability, and that being active together is an amazing thing.”
To find out more about how to get involved, including to register at events and download the free digital toolkit, visit www.gbwos.com.