Countywide sport plan is launched

From left, Paul Smith, Vice Chair, Derbyshire Schools' Sports Association; football player Megan Clarkson; Cllr Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport; Cllr Mike Longden, Cabinet Member for Education, Derbyshire County Council; table tennis player Isobel Ashley; Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children's Services, Derbyshire County Council; golfer Mark Porter; Jim Hickman, Assistant Director, Schools and Learning, Derbyshire County Council; Suzanne Meehan, Chair, Derbyshire Schools' Sports Association; Peter Crowe, Chair of the Derbyshire Physical Education and School Sport Strategy Group. Photo contributed.
From left, Paul Smith, Vice Chair, Derbyshire Schools' Sports Association; football player Megan Clarkson; Cllr Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport; Cllr Mike Longden, Cabinet Member for Education, Derbyshire County Council; table tennis player Isobel Ashley; Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children's Services, Derbyshire County Council; golfer Mark Porter; Jim Hickman, Assistant Director, Schools and Learning, Derbyshire County Council; Suzanne Meehan, Chair, Derbyshire Schools' Sports Association; Peter Crowe, Chair of the Derbyshire Physical Education and School Sport Strategy Group. Photo contributed.
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A new plan has been launched, to ensure that young people in Derbyshire’s schools and colleges enjoy PE and sport, are supported to fulfil their potential and are motivated to choose an active lifestyle.

The ‘Physical Education and Sport Plan for Schools and Colleges in Derbyshire 2012 – 2015’ has been produced by the Derbyshire Physical Education and School Sport Strategy Group following a consultation process and is intended to guide the work of those organisations involved in PE and sport in schools and colleges.

It was launched during a presentation at the B2net Stadium in Chesterfield on Monday May 28, which was attended by around 100 people including PE teachers, sports’ associations, partnership development managers and local authority officers and elected members.

Peter Crowe, Chair of the Derbyshire Physical Education and School Sport Strategy Group, said: “How timely that we should be launching this plan, the first of its kind, just a few weeks before the opening of the London 2012 Games, which will surely inspire thousands of young people to become more active and to fulfil their potential in sport.

“We know that involvement in physical activity and sport can bring huge benefits to young people in terms of their health, their confidence and self esteem, their ability to concentrate and readiness to learn.

“This plan charts some of these recent successes, sets out the challenges and proposes key actions for the next few years.”

The launch event also included a celebration of the work done of the Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association, and the launch of the DSSA team clothing, designed by Kukri, which pupils will wear when competing in tournaments for Derbyshire.