Get ready for the Great British Week of Sport!

Posted: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:00

Get ready for the Great British Week of Sport!

Taking place from Saturday 19 September to Sunday 27 September, there will be a series of events across the week which will showcase the huge variety of sports and activities which help people of all ages to be more active and reap the mental, social and physical benefits.

It doesn't matter your age, background or fitness level. There'll be something for everyone and you can check out what's going on near you and online via the free activity finder.

Across Britain, people will be encouraged to use #BeActive on social media during the week to share the activities they love most and help inspire others to get involved.

ukactive, in partnership with Sport England, the UK Government and the European Commission, will work with a host of partners to deliver focused activities supporting a diverse range of audiences throughout the week:

Saturday 19 September: The Great British Week of Sport will kick off with 'World United'. Spearheaded by leading fitness brand, Les Mills, World United is a global festival of fitness that uses exclusive online workouts, filmed during lockdown by 300 instructors, to help fitness facilities encourage visitors back to their venues.

Sunday 20 September: StreetGames will kick off a week of support through its local communities across the Midlands, helping to bring sports and activities to children, families and young people.

Monday 21 September: Mental health charity Mind will work alongside a number of its regional 'Minds' across the UK to provide people the chance to witness how being active can have a positive impact on many contributing factors that cause us stress, anxiety and fear.

Tuesday 22 September: ukactive will team up with RED Together, a national movement that empowers people to get active their way – celebrating the power of physical activity in bringing the nation together by encouraging everyone to wear red during their run, swim, cycle or favourite fitness activity.

Wednesday 23 September: The week plays host to National Fitness Day, which celebrates the fun of fitness and physical activity, as gyms, leisure centres and sports providers across the UK offer thousands of free activities for visitors to try. Bear Grylls, with BMF, will be kicking off the day this year with a special event, to be revealed closer to the date.

Thursday 24 September: Iron Man, Nike athlete and Great British Week of Sport Ambassador, John McAvoy will be working with Fulham Reach Boat Club to offer young people the chance to try some new activities, including rowing on the Thames, while sharing his experience of how sport changed his life.

Friday 25 September: ParaDance will support a day focused on the inclusivity of sport, engaging a wide range of people to come together, be active and have fun through the power of dance virtually.

Saturday 26 September: A 'Girls' Night In' will see music and fitness combine to engage women and girls to #BeActive. Supported by influencers and DJs, the night will bring a new meaning to the girls' night.

Sunday 27 September: The week will be capped off by Ordnance Survey, with its Get Outside campaign to support and encourage Britain to get outside and discover new routes and green spaces to use for activity.

And throughout the week, people will be encouraged to get active using the free 'Active 10' walking and 'Couch to 5k' running apps, in partnership with Public Health England's Better Health campaign.

While the week celebrates the value of grassroots sport and physical activity to millions of people who live in Great Britain, some familiar faces will help to promote the events, including Team GB Hockey gold medallist, Georgie Twigg; Paralympic gold medallists, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and David Smith; Nike triathlete John McAvoy; RED Together Founder, Hannah Beecham; and Football Beyond Borders Coach, Debra Nelson.

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