Virtual School Games Challenges
Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:16
Over the past 12 weeks, North Yorkshire Sport have been delivering a number of Virtual School Games activity challenges that have supported many young people in addition to parents and teachers take part in physical activity, assisting to keep people fit during the Coronavirus Outbreak.
Each week, a different skills related challenge incorporating both agility, balance, coordination, speed, power and reaction time was filmed by our very own North Yorkshire Sport mascot, Teddy the Terrier which were then launched across the County area. Each challenge was pitched at both Primary and secondary school age pupils in addition to adults with the main aim being to keep people moving, feeling energised, inspired, positive and optimistic during this difficult time. Participants were given a three- week period to submit their videos and scores for each challenge and winners from each category were then presented with certificates and medals.
North Yorkshire Sport have had an amazing response to these Virtual School Games challenges with over 40 schools across the County Districts taking part. It has been great to see so many teachers joining in and promoting the activities to their pupils and families across their networks and how positive parents have been incorporating these challenges into their daily family routines.
Lola and Molly – Mae who attend Athelstan Community Primary are just two of the many young people that have taken part in all the Virtual Challenges. Their mum explains 'The girls thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the challenges and have not entered anything like this before so were over the moon to receive the beautiful medals. The challenges have inspired good team spirit between the sisters and have helped them try their best and have improved their confidence.
Rebecca Clay, Teacher at Sowerby Primary Academy said ' Our school community has benefited hugely from participating in the Virtual School Games Challenges. We have promoted these weekly on our social media and many pupils have participated. It has been a fantastic way for us to promote the benefits of staying physically active throughout this difficult period.'
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has taken part with the challenges. We hope that you had lots of fun and continue to enjoy taking part in physical activity in the future.