Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has joined in with National School Sports Week. National School Sport Week 2021 celebrated the return of youth sport and its power to bring people back together with a week of school sports days held up and down the country. Schools, families and communities across the UK were encouraged to sign up and hold a sports day last week.
The Trust are active in schools all over the area and are delivering festivals as part of the Joy of Moving programme. Over the last 12 months, the Joy of Moving programme – Ferrero’s unbranded CSR project delivered through a charity partnership with EFL Trust and their network of Club Community Organisations (CCO) - was adapted to support families up and down the country during a time where it became more challenging to remain active. Brentford FC Community Sports Trust was among those that took part.
Traditionally, the unbranded Joy of Moving Programme, which consists of the Move and Learn project and the Festivals, is delivered face-to-face in schools. However, with multiple national and regional lockdowns meaning schools faced closure for many children in the last year, the programme introduced a new digital approach to ensure that families and schools could continue to support young people at a time where face-to-face delivery was not possible. The ‘Home School Festival’ was launched in May 2020 during a time where children were unlikely to have their usual school sports day and we did not want them to miss out. But this year, things can return to normal.
2️⃣ years ago we went into St Anselm's Primary School to deliver the @JoyofMovingUK Programme with a surprise visit from @VirendraSharma 🎊— Brentford FC CST (@BrentfordFCCST) June 24, 2021
We will deliver 5️⃣ Joy of moving festivals this term engaging over 1️⃣5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣️⃣participants 👏#joyofmovinguk #NSSW2021 pic.twitter.com/TPYnbhHAJD
The EFL Trust have, however, used this week to reflect on the Home School Festivals. This is as well as a piece reflecting on 12 months of Joy of Moving at home. The below shows some of what was achived.
We are SO happy to be back in schools supporting children with movement 😃 but in 2020 when schools were closed during the pandemic the #Joyofmoving Home School Festival reached over 250,000 children ensuring they had access to sport and exercise 🙌#NSSW2021 pic.twitter.com/IDMXo4bB22— EFL Trust (@EFLTrust) June 22, 2021