Following the announcement that Wembley Stadium National Trust (WSNT) will commit over £600,000 to support girls' team sport in London schools through TeamUp, a special event took place at Wembley Stadium on May 2, 2017 to celebrate inspirational PE teachers across London.
The PE teachers were joined at the event by VIP guests including England players from cricket, hockey and netball. Over the course of the evening guests were able to network with a range of sporting influencers and stakeholders, and were treated to two insightful panel discussions. Topics covered included the rationale behind TeamUp, what's on offer for schools in London and the current and ex-England players discussing the impact their PE teachers had and what team sport at school meant to them.
The WSNT funding will have a huge impact on the delivery of team sport for London primary and secondary schools. Participating schools can access teacher support and training, after school clubs, dedicated coaches in school, activity days, leadership programmes, talent ID, free tickets to attend major sports events.
Stewart Goshawk, CEO of Wembley National Stadium Trust, said of the partnership: "We know that sport has the power to change lives and communities for the better, but sadly, there is a significant gender gap between girls and boys undertaking the recommended level of physical activity. Girls dropping out of sport starts even before they get to secondary school. The TeamUp initiative is aligned with our own aims to directly address this, and we very much look forward to tackling these issues together with the ECB, England Hockey and England Netball over the next three years."
Clare Connor, Director of England Women's Cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board, comments: "More women and girls are getting active and involved with team sport than ever before, but we know there is still much more that can be done. This significant investment from Wembley National Stadium Trust highlights our shared vision to encourage all girls to be active and take part in team sport. In addition to the wealth of health and fitness benefits, research shows the huge impact of team sport on the development of communication skills, leadership and teamwork."
Head to the London Schools tab of the TeamUp website www.teamupengland.com to find out more information and apply for support.