Go Parks hosts active challenge for Coventry schools

Published Tuesday, 26 January 2021

As the UK is in lockdown once more, Go Parks is offering Coventry schools the opportunity to stay active and win prizes for their school.

Scan the QR code in your local park to take part in the Go Parks challenge

‘Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge’ is open to all Coventry residents to enter and will cover the lockdown period. 

Schools will be in competition to gain the most points in order to win fantastic prizes. 

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. 

All schools in the city can take part by setting their pupils home school activities and challenges to use their daily activity or pre-planned walks to the local park to scan the Go Parks QR code.  

Each scan of the QR code equates to 10 points for a chosen school. 

Schools will be split into five groups dependent on their pupil capacity. Fifteen prizes will be up for grabs; the three schools with the most points in each category will win vouchers to spend on physical activity equipment or related items for their students to use when they return to the classroom. 

The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge can be entered during a visit to a local park while following all government guidelines from 1 – 28 February 2021, running for four weeks. 

Simply look out for a Go Parks banner or poster in noticeboards, scan the QR code and complete the form. 

QR code banners and posters can be found in at least 30 parks around the city.  

Each ward in the city will be covered, but please stay local. Participating parks include the War Memorial Park, Allesley Park, Primrose Hill Park and Longford Park. 

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge is going to be brilliant for the young students and families of all abilities in the city. During their usual visit to their local park, they will be able to scan the QR code and gain points for their school. It supports the physical and mental health of the whole family, along with adding a little more excitement to their day.  

“Not only this, the whole city can also get involved. We can increase the community spirit and either vote for a local school, or one residents think deserves their daily vote.   

“While we are all still experiencing extremely difficult times, it is more important than ever to keep moving for the benefit of both our mental and physical health, but we must remember to follow all government guidelines when taking part.  

“I look forward to seeing schools and families take part while staying active safely in the city.” 

While many children are continuing their education at home, this is a great reward during or after their home-schooling schedule that the whole family can take part in together.  

School Games Organisers from Coventry West and East, Danny Kingham and Stuart Davoile, said: “We are really happy to be working with the Go Parks team on the Active Schools Challenge.  

“The main aim of this project is to encourage Coventry families and young people to build outdoor exercise into their daily timetables. 

“Coventry’s list of parks is full of hidden gems and by taking part in the challenge, residents will be able to experience them. The Active Schools Challenge also presents great ways to enjoy the health and well-being benefits of outdoor exercise along with supporting Coventry’s schools.” 

There will be further opportunities throughout the challenge for schools to win more points with flash challenges. 

All Coventry residents can scan to vote for a school of their choice to win prizes to support mental and physical health. 

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. Entries close at 11.59pm on 28 February 2021.  

Find out more about the challenge and participating parks on the Go Parks website.  

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

Coventry City Council