Delivering exciting sporting activities is not a new venture for Evolve Health Mentors who are practitioners for such sessions on a daily basis. However, Sport Relief provides the opportunity for schools and Evolve members of staff to engage their pupils in something a bit different for a great cause that is supporting important projects both in the UK and abroad. In this blog, we take you on an adventure across England and Wales to see what exciting activities will be developing interest this week. You can also join our interactive journey right here.
Our adventure begins in Worksop at Prospect Hill Infant School. Health Mentors Robbie Collingburn and Joel Brickles have developed a football tournament for Key Stage 1 pupils but the excitement does not end there. Following successful sessions throughout the year delivered by Robbie, the school will be opening their doors to wake and shake activities every morning to get children active for Sport Relief.
Down the A1 in Newark, Abi Antcliff will be welcoming children of Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School to an extreme obstacle course. Tom Bowers will also be giving Key Stage 1 pupils the same opportunity at Frizinghall Primary School in Bradford. This is in conjunction with a Key Stage 2 benchball tournament delivered last week – well done to Year 5 who ran out the winners of that one!
Tom has also been leading the way in the Evolve Steppers League. Over the past month, Health Mentors and Evolve managers have been competing to see who can complete the most steps as we look to support the Sport Relief challenge of one billion steps being taken by the nation each day. Tom leads the way with almost 600,000 steps, equating to nearly 300 miles since the challenge started six weeks ago!
A trip around the Peak District brings us to Birmingham where our leading manager, Oli Zaki, is based. Oli is a mere 350,000 steps behind Tom but his staff are also getting involved with Sport Relief. Inspired by the ‘Set a Daley Challenge’, where diving supremo Tom Daley provides children with a different task each day, Sean McKee has offered a range of activities including table tennis, volleyball, rounders and racing games to get his pupils as active as possible at Oasis Academy Hobmoor.
It is a similar scenario at Kineton Green Primary School in Solihull. Jeevan Chagger has devised a series of sporting challenges and has also continued his support for Sport Relief outside of school. His hockey club will be playing substantially more games than normal this weekend to help raise money.
Our final stop takes us across the border to Abercynon Community Primary School on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil. Serian Ganesh will not only be providing children with access to fun games and circuits but is also delivering a danceathon for the children.
With Sport Relief 2018 looking at mental health issues, it is quite apt that so many of our Health Mentors who support the wellbeing of children on a regular basis are getting involved in the cause.
We would like to hear from you and what activities your school or workplace have been undertaking for Sport Relief. Send us a Tweet at @Evolve_Impact