Youth Sport Trust recognises the CLF’s outstanding sporting provision

The CLF’s outstanding sporting provision is being cited as an exemplar for the nation’s schools to learn from in a new campaign by the Youth Sport Trust (YST).

Earlier this year, the trust’s PE programme earned the Outstanding Multi Academy Trust Practice Award at the 2024 Youth Sport Trust Awards.

At the time, the judging panel praised an ‘inclusive’ trust-wide physical education provision which is designed to ‘improve the life experiences of all students’.

Now, the organisation has featured the CLF as a case study in its new campaign Well School Trusts: Principles in Practice – Building a Strong Trust Through PE, Sport and Play.

A YST spokesperson said: “This guide, on how to implement the principles of a strong trust, brings welcome focus to how we use the power of PE, sport and play as an enabler, a unifier and source of hope.

“Its practical examples and self-reflection tools will support school trusts in exploring how you might embrace the philosophy of a Well School Trust as we all strive to ‘lead well’ and address the increasing physical, emotional and social challenges faced by our students and staff.

“This toolkit uses practice examples from across the country of school trusts who are putting PE, sport and play at the heart of their Well School Trust approach and delivering on the strong trust principles.”

The YST citation praised the high quality of the CLF’s PE practitioners and curriculum, as well as the impact of its community partnerships and annual series of Big events.

It said: “The CLF believes that by working together they can accelerate school improvement and embed excellence in their academies. In doing so, they can create more opportunities for the lifelong success for their students.

“The Federation exists to promote their life chances and to deliver excellent educational experiences for those pupils in their academies now and in the future.

“Through PE, school sport and physical activity, the CLF ensures that all pupils receive high quality and inclusive education, promoting a positive relationship with physical activity to develop the holistic characteristics to live successfully in society.

“Pupils leave the CLF with skills and characteristics developed through participation, which enables them to be active for life.

“They are provided with a sense of belonging, a positive sense of identity and understanding of how the physical, psychological and social benefits of physical activity can support their wellbeing through life.”

James Mooney, CLF Senior Curriculum Leader for Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity, said: “We are proud to have our work showcased in the new Youth Sport Trust’s Well School Trusts: Principles in Practice toolkit as we all strive to address the physical, emotional and social challenges faced by our students and staff.

“We are building a strong trust and driving school and trust improvement by unlocking the potential of every child through PE, sport and play.”


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