A Bicester primary school is preparing to help young people and families across the country engage in a week of virtual sporting challenges.

Bure Park Primary School is joining the Youth Sport Trust’s annual campaign beyond the school gates to parents and families at home.

This year the campaign is called National School Sport Week at Home and takes place from June 20 to 26 giving people the chance to capture the competition they have been missing out on during weeks of school closures and social distancing.

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Pupils and staff at Bure Park Primary will be taking part in the week by taking on personal challenges, learning about healthy lifestyles and being involved in competitions.

Headteacher Yvonne Hewson said: “We are really pleased to be part of this national virtual ‘sports week/day’ event as it allows our children and families at home, alongside the staff and children in school, to enjoy this important annual event; whilst maintaining the sporting values that we live by at Bure Park.

“We will have our annual chance to have fun, compete and challenge ourselves to ‘be the best that we can be’ in a range of sporting activities, whilst connecting with others near and far - which is so important after weeks of isolation and separation.

“We hope that all our children and families will throw themselves into this week with enthusiasm.”

Anyone can register to take part and will receive videos and activity cards to help them plan a series of challenges across the week for their families, neighbours, friends or colleagues.

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In previous years National School Sport Week has seen thousands of schools join in a week-long celebration of school sport and Physical Education, and their important role enhancing young people’s wellbeing.

This year, Sky Sports has teamed up with the Youth Sport Trust to boost the campaign, helping to inspire families across the country to take part.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: “Right now, young people are missing their friends and missing the sense of connection they get through sport.

"Sport has such a crucial role to play in promoting young people’s wellbeing and this has never been more apparent than it is now.

“After weeks of isolation we hope that YST National School Sport Week at Home 2020 can help bring families, communities, schools and sports clubs back together.”

The official hashtag for the campaign is #NSSWtogether

For more information and to sign up, go to youthsporttrust.org.