Win a sport star for your school!

Win a visit to your primary school from a national sporting hero in a new competition which launched yesterday

The competition by Playforce, a UK leader in the design and creation of innovative, curriculum-linked play environments, aims to inspire children to be more physically active by tapping into their love of heroes of all kinds.    

Whether it’s an Olympic athlete they admire, a parent who encourages the family to get active at weekends or a teacher who does great PE lessons, children are invited to draw, paint, sculpt or write about someone who has inspired them to get involved in sport or to be more active in some way. Schools are asked to scan or photograph entries, then email them with a brief description to  The closing date for entries is 13th June.

Entries will be judged by the Youth Sport Trust, an independent charity devoted to changing young lives through sport. The winner will receive a visit to their school by a Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentor.

These mentors are current or former international athletes from a range of sports who deliver inspirational messages to young people. Some have overcome challenges such as bullying, dyslexia, exclusion or living with a disability to achieve sporting success. Mentors will spend time with the winning entrant’s school, could attend a sports event, take part in a PE lesson or run workshops with children or staff.    

The competition is open to schools in England and Wales with primary age pupils.  The winner will be notified via their school and announced by 20th June. 

Managing director of Playforce, Dr Colin MacAdam, says: “Encouraging children to be physically active from a young age is vitally important for their health and wellbeing, both now and in the future. Role models and heroes from the sporting world are hugely inspiring to children. What better way to inspire children to participate in sport and active outdoor activity than to meet a real-life sports star at school.”

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