Sport for Development Coalition supporters are getting ready to play their part in two important week-long campaigns this month.
Firstly UK Coaching will lead Coaching Week 2020 between September 14-20, followed quickly by the ‘Great British Week of Sport’ from September 19-27.
The theme for this year’s coaching week is ‘Support your Coach’ and, following a difficult year for the sport and physical activity industry, UK Coaching is asking the nation to make a #GreatCoachingPledge and share their thanks and support for the country’s coaching community.
Sport and physical activity has been integral to the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic by having a positive impact on people’s mental and physical wellbeing, and the coaching workforce has been instrumental in supporting communities across the UK to stay active over the last four months of lockdown restrictions.
UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching Emma Atkins, said: “Coaches have been absolute heroes keeping us active, connected and motivated both before the pandemic and during the period of isolation and disruption caused by the lockdown.”
She added: “We know some grassroots coaches – and elite too for that matter – are struggling with the perceived lack of support right now, so we want to ask the public and anyone who benefits from sport and physical activity to say thank you and pledge their time to support their coach or coaches.
“As restrictions are eased and more of us return to play, we will turn to coaches and expect them to integrate new controls to keep us all safe, so let’s ensure that we recognise and support our coaches across the UK for the vital work that they do.”
To find out more about how to make your #GreatCoachingPledge, visit ukcoaching.org/coachingweek
The social outcomes of sport and physical activity will be high on the agenda during the first ‘Great British Week of Sport’ from September 19-27. A series of events across the week 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.