Sir Steve backs Matalan’s Sporting Promise event in London

More than a hundred children from across the capital gathered to demonstrate some of the sports they have been enjoying at school, as part of Matalan Sporting Promise.

Sir Steve Redgrave said: “Matalan Sporting Promise is all about encouraging children to take part in a variety of activities – not just the traditional sports – so it was fantastic for them to demonstrate what they’ve learned at Trafalgar Square today. Sport is such an important part of children’s wellbeing, so it’s vital we continue to support the teachers who are running PE lessons across the country.”

Matalan Sporting Promise supports sport and PE activity in schools, working in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust with 3,500 schools already benefitting from the programme.

The aspiration is for the programme to be in more than 10,000 schools by the end of 2013 and to reach as many schools across the UK over the next few years. There are currently more than 260 schools involved in London.

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust said: “We are really pleased to be celebrating the huge success of Matalan Sporting Promise and the impact it has had on young people across the nation. We know that sport changes lives and through our partnership with Matalan, we can reach thousands of young people and encourage them to get involved in sport, in a fun and energetic way.” 

Matalan and the Youth Sport Trust are now planning the 2013 programme and teachers and parents who would like to register their interest in having Matalan Sporting Promise at their school should visit www.sportingpromise.co.uk.

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