Virtual challenges help keep more than 2,500 children active

Children from Bramfield Church of England Primary School keeping active

Children from Bramfield Church of England Primary School keeping active. Picture: Bramfield Church of England Primary School - Credit: Bramfield Church of England Primary School

A series of sporting challenges, classes and clubs have helped to keep thousands of children active.

Children at more than 20 primary schools across north Suffolk have continued to keep active in and out of the classroom this term.

Children from Poplars Primary School in Lowestoft keeping active.

Children from Poplars Primary School in Lowestoft keeping active. Picture: Poplars Primary School - Credit: Poplars Primary School

Schools from across Lowestoft, Beccles and Southwold have ensured that physical activity levels remained high during the the school day and beyond.

Children from Red Oak Primary School took part in the virtual challenges.

Children from Red Oak Primary School took part in the virtual challenges. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

During the last national lockdown, schools have been the only way children have been allowed to play sport due to the four-week postponement of grassroots sport across the country.

Children from Reydon Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges.

Children from Reydon Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges. Picture: Reydon Primary School - Credit: Reydon Primary School

It has seen after school clubs, virtual fitness classes and the Daily Mile all offered to children to maintain their physical activity levels over the past half term.

On top of all these amazing activities, the North Suffolk Sport and Health Partnership has again offered schools a series of virtual challenges as this term's virtual programme consisted of five competitions.

Children from The Limes Primary Academy keeping active.

Children from The Limes Primary Academy taking part in the virtual challenges. Picture: The Limes Primary Academy - Credit: The Limes Primary Academy

These were panathlon, indoor athletics for Years 3 to 6, multi skills for Reception to Year 6, matball for Year 3 and unihoc.

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Jeffrey Hoey, partnership development manager for the North Suffolk Sport and Health Partnership, said: "The challenges managed to engage 21 of our primary schools and through their hard work 2,600 children have competed in recent weeks, bringing our total to 7,100 children this term, which is a massive achievement by the schools involved."

Children from Bramfield Church of England Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges.

Children from Bramfield Church of England Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges. Picture: Bramfield Church of England Primary School - Credit: Bramfield Church of England Primary School

To build on this success in 2021 the Partnership will be focusing their virtual programme towards a more participation valued approach, with targeted events for all children.

After Christmas primary schools will have an opportunity to compete in 11 virtual challenges in skittleball, boccia, basketball, dance, gymnastics, football, basketball, skipping, health and fitness festival, social and personal festival and kurling/ten pin bowling.

Children from Red Oak Primary School took part in the virtual challenges.

Children from Red Oak Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

Mr Hoey said: "For these challenges, local children from Roman Hill, Gunton and Woods Loke primary schools have been recording video demonstrations for our activities which will be shared with all our schools to support them in their delivery of the events in 2021, in the hope to engage more children and schools in our virtual project."

Children from Reydon Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges.

Children from Reydon Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges. Picture: Reydon Primary School - Credit: Reydon Primary School

"We will also be targeting Year 7/8 pupils from our five high schools through five similar activities (basketball, dance, football, gymnastics, teambuilding), to support transition due to schools not having the traditional transition programme in the summer."

Children from The Limes Primary Academy keeping active.

Children from The Limes Primary Academy keeping active. Picture: The Limes Primary Academy - Credit: The Limes Primary Academy

Children from Bramfield Church of England Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges.

Children from Bramfield Church of England Primary School taking part in the virtual challenges. Picture: Bramfield Church of England Primary School - Credit: Bramfield Church of England Primary School


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