Call to back campaign to win £20,000 of primary school sports gear

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy Sports Equipment for Schools scheme

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy who are collecting vouchers for the Sports Equipment for Schools scheme. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A drive to help primary schools net vital sports equipment has received enthusiastic support.

Almost 200 schools across Norfolk and Waveney have now registered for the campaign giving primary schools the chance to win a share of £20,000 of sports equipment.

Sports Equipment for Schools logo

Sports Equipment for Schools logo - Credit: Archant

With tokens being printed in the Lowestoft Journal and Beccles and Bungay Journal each week as part of the Sports Equipment for Schools campaign a call to all to collect the most tokens has now gone out.

The race is now on to collect the most tokens before the final submission deadline of Friday, September 9.

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy

Lily, Felix, Toby, Millie-Martha, Charlie and Jaylarae from Ditchingham Primary Academy, who are collecting vouchers for the Sports Equipment for Schools scheme. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

One of the schools involved is Ditchingham Primary Academy, near Bungay.

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy who are collecting vouchers for the EDP's Sports Equipment

Millie-Martha, from Ditchingham Primary Academy, as the school is collecting vouchers for the Sports Equipment for Schools scheme. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Youngsters from the primary school on Rider Haggard Way in Ditchingham donned their PE kits this week to showcase their involvement in the scheme.

Heather Brand, executive headteacher of the academy, said: "We are happy to be a part of the scheme.

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy

Felix, Toby and Millie-Martha, from Ditchingham Primary Academy, as the school is collecting vouchers for the Sports Equipment for Schools scheme. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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"We are really keen for our children to be as active as possible, so the opportunity to gain extra equipment is important."

Mrs Brand added: "We try and promote links with local clubs and run sports activities and taster sessions when we can."

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy

Millie-Martha from Ditchingham Primary Academy, as the school is collecting vouchers for the Sports Equipment for Schools scheme. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

For example, during the spring term, after school clubs ran for Futsal and Circuits sessions. The children were also informed about a football camp at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, while football coaching sessions being run by an Ipswich Town FC coach for children in all years.

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy

Lily, Felix, Toby, Millie-Martha, Charlie and Jaylarae from Ditchingham Primary Academy who are collecting vouchers for the Sports Equipment for Schools. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Having registered for the Sports Equipment for Schools campaign, a post on the Ditchingham Primary Academy Facebook page said: "If you could collect tokens for us we would be most grateful - encourage teachers, parents, guardians, grandparents, friends and neighbours to bring their tokens in before they recycle their newspaper."

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy

Jaylarae, Lily and Charlie from Ditchingham Primary Academy who are collecting vouchers for the Sports Equipment for Schools scheme. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The schools collecting the most tokens (taken as a ratio to pupils) will receive an Eveque Full Primary Athletics Kit worth over £1,000 plus a visit from a professional athlete who has represented Great Britain. 

The second prize will be an Eveque Sports Hall Triathlon kit worth £750, plus each school that signs up and collects over 1,000 tokens will receive a Throw Pack or Infant Bag at the choice of the school) worth over £100.

Children from Ditchingham Primary Academy who are collecting vouchers for the EDP's Sports Equipment

Millie-Martha from Ditchingham Primary Academy, as the school is collecting vouchers for the Sports Equipment for Schools scheme. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Anyone can collect tokens for any school registered, just simply post or take your tokens to the school before the end of August so that all tokens can be accounted for before the final September 9 deadline. 

Tokens will be printed in the Lowestoft Journal and Beccles and Bungay Journal each Friday, and there will also be one token in the Eastern Daily Press from Monday to Friday and two on Saturdays, until Saturday, July 16. 

Schools signed up

Beccles Primary Academy 
Blundeston COE Voluntary Controlled Primary  
Brampton COE Primary  
Brooke Primary  
Bungay Primary  
Carlton Colville Primary  
Ditchingham Primary Academy 
Earsham Primary  
Ellingham VC Primary  
Elm Tree Primary 
Gillingham St Michael's Primary  
Grove Primary  
Hempnall Primary 
Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary  
Loddon Infant  
Loddon Junior
Ormiston Denes Academy 
Pakefield Primary 
Phoenix St Peter Academy  
Poplars Primary  
Ravensmere Infant  
Red Oak Primary  
Ringsfield COE Primary  
Roman Hill Primary  
Seething and Mundham Primary  
Somerleyton Primary  
St Benet's Catholic Primary 
Thurton Primary 
Warren School 
Westwood Primary  
Woods Loke Primary 
Worlingham CEVC Primary 
For any further details, email sportsforschools@archant.co.uk