Active Schools Challenge hits 20,000 entries with one week to go

Published Wednesday, 24 February 2021

There is just one week of the Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge to go and over 20,0000 entries have been made.

Pictured: Nyle Grace and Evie-Rose: Team St. Patrick's
Pictured: Nyle Grace and Evie-Rose: Team St. Patrick’s

Over 100 schools continue to participate and are competing to win sporting prizes in the challenge that launched just three weeks ago. 

Each week, Go Parks has been giving schools the opportunity to win even more points with Flash Challenges such as Triple Point Tuesday and Wildlife Wednesday, along with educational themed weeks including Art and English to celebrate Coventry’s City of Culture title. 

With 41 parks across the city that have a QR code banner or poster to enter, the challenge continues to provide a safe, yet fun way for all households in Coventry to get active while adhering to local guidelines.  

It is not too late to enter and support your local schools; each QR code scan helps a school of your choice to gain more points in the hope of winning sports equipment. 

The free-to-enter challenge is in partnership with Coventry East and West School Games organisers who host sport and physical activity competitions across Coventry’s schools. 

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge is going so well and I cannot believe we are already into the last week. 

“It really has been amazing to see so many children in the city get so excited about the challenge, supporting their school and of course being able to get active safely during this time.  

“During the final seven days of the challenge, I really encourage people to take this up as part of their daily exercise to support their local school as well as their mental and physical health.  Everyone in the city can take part and it supports all fitness levels and abilities. 

“I look forward to seeing the final scores and would also like to remind everyone to stay safe and stay local.” 

The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge finishes on 28 February at 11:59pm. 

School Games Organiser from Coventry West, Danny Kingham, said: “School staff continue to blow us away with their phenomenal efforts to get their pupils involved in the challenge. Everything from your QR code scans to teacher selfies and videos of encouragement, we are seeing it all and it is clearly having an impact as the entries are still flying in. Keep up the brilliant work in the last week.” 

Stuart Davoile, School Games Organiser from Coventry East, added: “Although schools are effectively competing against each other in the challenge, it has been great to see how communities and schools have pulled together to encourage each other and the children in the city to keep moving during lockdown. Working on projects like this is so rewarding for the simple reason that we are putting smiles on those children’s faces and making a difference to their days.”  

Over 18’s can scan the QR code. Parents, guardians and family members may enter on behalf of their children. 

Please adhere to all government guidelines while exercising in parks.  

One entry per person, per day. Find out more about the challenge and participating parks on the Go Parks website or on Coventry Sport Facebook and Twitter

For further information about ‘Go’ projects and Go CV sign up, visit the Go CV website

Coventry City Council