The inaugural #MyMiles Schools Challenge made a real mark during SportsAid Week 2018 and the European Week of Sport as schoolchildren were inspired to #BeActive and show their support for the future of British sport. SportsAid has seen increased engagement from schools this year and there have been a number of outstanding fundraising efforts - thanks to a wide range of activities up-and-down the country - being undertaken to promote the charity and the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
It’s easy to get involved with SportsAid and incorporate the stories of young sporting role models into your assemblies, PE lessons or after-school activities to inspire pupils to follow in their footsteps. Cheam School in Newbury and the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe are two strong examples of educational institutes using exercise to generate crucial funds for the next generation of athletes while teaching their pupils about the history of sport in Britain through SportsAid.
SportsAid Week will be returning for the fourth consecutive year in 2019 with the dates confirmed for 23-30 September. SportsAid is looking for schools to work with during this week, as well as all-year round, and would love to hear from any interested parties. Here’s a few case studies to act as inspiration….
Cheam School raised £6,278 for SportsAid by throwing their full support behind the #MyMiles Schools Challenge. Each pupil brought in £2 as they completed a minimum of one mile. They were also encouraged to gain additional sponsorship for the miles they were undertaking. SportsAid alumnus Ben Challenger, a retired high jumper, and currently supported athlete Molly Kingsbury, a T38 long jumper, visited the school to inspire the children by talking about their sporting journeys in assembly.
SportsAid athlete Maximilian Tulloch, 13, and his mother Alice encouraged the Royal Grammar School to raise funds for the charity by partaking in the #MyMiles Schools Challenge. Para-swimmer Maximilian talked about his sport and the support he has received from SportsAid in assembly before pupils and teachers dressed up in sporting fancy dress to run or walk a mile each at lunchtime on the school field. The school chose to hold the activity in November and managed to generate £1,044!
“It was fun to coordinate. Maximilian and myself addressed an assembly for the junior and senior parts of the school to encourage the children to take part in raising funds. All the children and staff enjoyed it and have learnt how the charity helps young British sportsmen and women. Promoting positive sporting role models is very important as it gives children an understanding over what is needed to become an athlete - routine, time management, dedication and of course determination.”
Daniel Pettifer, Director of Sport
Forest School continued its incredible backing of SportsAid Week for a third consecutive year by hosting a sponsored swim, a charity bake sale and taster sessions to get pupils engaged in health and fitness. The school’s Year 12 sports leaders took the lead and organised the SportsAid Week activity as part of their course. They managed to raise £499.90 for the charity throughout the week as the school further demonstrated their commitment to helping the country’s sporting future.
“Forest’s PE department wanted to support a sports-specific charity and SportsAid encompasses opportunity which we support. It is extremely important to us to support the next generation due to the prominent role sport and physical activity plays in our school and in developing the whole pupil. This helps support our ideals. We’ve raised the profile of SportsAid with pupils as well as staff and parents. They understand that they are supporting young athletes to achieve in their chosen sport.”
Charlotte Barras, Head of Girls’ Games
Mollie Gardner is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for SportsAid in 2019. She is the Head of PE at Falkner House and wanted to raise awareness of the charity and its work to her pupils. The #MyMiles Schools Challenge offered her the perfect platform to educate the pupils, drive them on to achieve more and reinforce the importance of helping others. The school managed to raise £300 during SportsAid Week with many pupils using their own pocket money to make contributions.
“All the girls loved taking part in the #MyMiles Schools Challenge because they really enjoyed hearing how many miles they had covered in each lesson. My highlight was the children bringing in their own pocket money they had saved and giving it to the charity. One girl gave me £8 in ALL her change - lots of coppers! She said 'we are very lucky in sport at school, I would rather give my money to help other people who aren't as lucky as us' - this made me so happy!”
Mollie Gardner, Head of PE
SportsAid beneficiary Emily Race, 18, organised two charity football matches between students and teachers at Outwood Academy Valley School Post-Sixteen School. The track and field athlete managed to raise £150.71 and helped her fellow pupils to find out more about the charity.
“I wanted to show my gratitude and give back to SportsAid for the amazing things they do to help young athletes. The whole experience was extremely enjoyable as everyone who attended got really involved by cheering on their friends and supporting the players as well as being very generous in their donations. We are already in the process of organising more as there has been a call for rematches from the losing teams! I would definitely encourage others to host events for SportsAid.”
Emily Race, SportsAid athlete
SportsAid recipient Maisy Cook, 15, returned to Pennington Church of England Junior School where 75 pupils joined her to run one mile and donated £1 each. Taekwondo athlete Maisy spoke to pupils at her former primary school about the charity and where the £75 raised would be going towards.
A huge thank you once again to the Nottingham Building Society for being the official match-funding partner of the inaugural #MyMiles Schools Challenge during SportsAid Week 2018. The Nottingham, which is a long-standing and loyal supporter of the charity, matched £5,000 raised directly through the challenge and schools-related activity.