Published Tuesday, 31 August 2021
The Coventry Sports Challenge has come to an end and the winners can now be revealed.
Coventry Sport at Coventry City Council once again joined forces with Free Radio’s charity Cash for Kids, to bring back the unique fundraising challenge to the city.
The Coventry Sport Challenge is designed to raise funds to increase engagement in sporting activities for local children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Clubs and groups from Coventry entered the Challenge in the summer, and seven clubs were chosen to take part who were Coventry Boys and Girls Club, The Eamonn Fallon Goalkeeper Charity, Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders, City of Coventry Trampoline Club (The Cube), Central Galaxy Coventry Trampoline Club, Coventrians RFC and Tribe: Cheer, Fitness & Dance.
The finalists were given six weeks to raise as much as they could for their club or group in the most fun and creative ways possible. To keep the competition alive, the finalists’ progress was kept secret, they only found out how they’d fared against their competitors after the Challenge was over.
The final fundraising results can now be revealed as:
7th Place: Coventry Boys and Girls Club raised £1,655
6th Place: Tribe: Cheer, Dance & Fitness raised £1,839.60
5th Place: Coventrians RFC raised £5,645.94
4th Place: The Eamonn Fallon Goalkeeper Charity raised £6,240.32
3rd Place: City of Coventry Trampoline Club raised £6,371.25
2nd Place: Central Galaxy Coventry Trampoline Club raised £7,477.10
1st Place: Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders raised £11,510.30
On top of their fundraising, the top three finalists were awarded prizes of £3,000 for first place, £2,000 for second place and £1,000 for third place.
Additionally, Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders won an extra £250 for the best use of social media throughout the Challenge, plus £250 for the most creative fundraising idea for their ‘Fail Videos Instagram Competition’.
These prizes, plus £3,000 in additional funding for coming first, means their total is £15,010.30.
Overall, the combined total funds from all seven clubs taking part in the Coventry Sports Challenge is £47,239.51. These funds will go back to the clubs and help disadvantaged children get active in the city.
Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member Public Health and Sport, said: “It was great to work with Cash for Kids and Free Radio again on this challenge as a legacy to our City of Sport 2019 Challenge with the charity.
“This year’s clubs did brilliantly; they raised £15,000 more than 2019 and the fundraising ideas were great. A huge congratulations to each of the clubs. Now this money will go towards helping Coventry’s communities and getting the children that don’t have access to sport and physical activity, active.
“Once again, congratulations to all of the clubs and I look forward to seeing how the money is used in the city.”
John Dalziel, presenter of Hits at Breakfast on Free Radio added: “It’s amazing to see how our Sports Challenge finalists were able to raise such huge amounts to help kids get active in our city.
“It wasn’t easy for them this year, they had to stick within changing COVID-19 restrictions and find new ways to fundraise. I’m so impressed with all the ideas they came up with. We love the Sports Challenge and can’t wait to see how each of the finalists will use the funds they’ve raised to make a difference to local young lives.”
More information on Cash for Kids can be found on their website.