Thousands of entries for the Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge in first week

Published Thursday, 07 October 2021

The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge – City of Culture Special is now seven days in and has already seen thousands of Coventry residents get active, along with over 40,000 points allocated to schools.

A graphic that says 'Go Parks: Active schools challenge 1-31 October 2031. The image is of stylised characters engaging in outdoor activities such as gymnastic and running

The Challenge started on 1 October and will run for the duration of the month, ending the Challenge with a week of half-term fun and Halloween activities with Go CV.  

So far, the Challenge has seen 64 schools take on the Challenge. Schools can join in at any time throughout the month and be in competition for the winning titles.  

In order to take part and vote for a school, a Go CV account is required. Everyone can take part and vote whether they are a Coventry resident or not – anyone can create an account that will allow the Go Parks QR codes to be scanned.  

Since the Challenge began, more than 1,200 people have signed up to be a Go CV member. New and existing members that live in Coventry will be able to enjoy the benefits of having a Go CV card both during and after the Challenge.  

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. 

Culture Coventry – operated by CV Life, Coventry Cultural Education Partnership (CCEP) and Coventry City of Culture Trust are also working with the Go Parks team to deliver cultural activities throughout the Challenge. 

This month’s City of Culture Special has seen the Challenge incorporate cultural venues including the Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry Cathedral, Lunt Roman Fort and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum into the list of venues with a Go Parks QR code.  

Free, cultural activities have also been organised around the city each weekend of the Challenge, including Roman themed activities and parkour. 

This weekend, free tile painting and other activities are available for anyone to join in, 11am-2pm in Jardine Crescent.  

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member Public Health and Sport, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people that live and work in Coventry supporting the Challenge, getting active and enjoying the cultural elements we have brought into the Challenge to support the city’s title of UK City of Culture 2021.  

“We continue to see Go CV’s membership number rise which is brilliant – not only so that they can take part in this brilliant Challenge that is accessible for all, but also because they will be able to get discounts and exclusive offers from our partners on events, sports and for attractions around the city. 

“I’d like to encourage everyone to keep going with the Challenge; it’s great to see so many getting active and having fun while enjoying some friendly competition.” 

School Games Organisers from Coventry East and West, Stuart Davoile and Danny Kingham, added: “As always, the teachers are doing a cracking job at encouraging the children and families to get involved in the Challenge. 

“If your school hasn’t taken part yet, there’s still time. With the Flash Challenges taking place throughout the week, there’s plenty of time to make your way up the leaderboard and the weekly themes and schools’ activities are proving to be a nice way once again to keep the Challenge fresh throughout.  

“We’d like to wish all of the schools good luck as we head into the second weekend of the Challenge”. 

Find out more about the challenge on the Go Parks website.  

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

Follow Coventry Sport on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay up to date and follow the Challenge. 

Coventry City Council