School Physical Activity Initiatives
The PE and School Sport (PESS) Project
The project aims to raise standards in physical education by making sure that all schools meet a number of set targets to improve standards of physical education. Certain areas of the curriculum have been identified as requiring concentrated support to develop national resources and/or approaches. These have developed into national specialist projects.
Dragon Sport is a Sport Wales initiative funded by the National Lottery, designed to offer 7-11 year olds fun and enjoyable sporting opportunities. The scheme opens up sports for children who may not have the opportunities to take part outside of their school P.E. lessons, using versions of the adult games adapted for different skills and abilities. For more information please visit Sport Wales.
The Young Ambassador Movement aims to empower and inspire young people to become role models and leaders through sport, by developing their confidence and skills in order to increase physical activity participation in others. This approach will empower young people to make their own decisions through consultation, leadership and ownership.
Sustrans’ Bike It project overcomes barriers to cycling by building school capacity and working with parents and pupils to develop skills, encouraging a life-long love of walking and cycling.
The project currently operates in 5 regions across Wales Ynys Mon, Pembrokeshire, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff involving 65 primary schools and 4 secondary schools.
The Big Pedal
Taking place every year The Big Pedal is a national bike-to-school campaign. It is open to all schools in the UK. Every trip made to school contributes towards a ‘virtual’ race around the UK, no matter the size of school or number of students as it is weighted to ensure fairness.