ukactive has launched the first edition of the Great British Week of Sport, celebrating the power that sport and activity has on physical, mental and social wellbeing.
The celebration will take place from Saturday 19 September to Sunday 27 September, forming the bedrock of the UK’s delivery of the European Week of Sport.
A series of events across the week 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.
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 focussed activities supporting a diverse range of audiences throughout the week.
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.
“We are living in challenging times, which makes it all the more important we celebrate the incredible spirit and unity through sport and activity that makes our communities stronger. Every day, taking part in physical activity and sport brings people together in a way that is very unique, making our gyms, leisure centres and sports venues part of our social fabric,” says Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of ukactive.