Published Tuesday, 02 March 2021
The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge has now finished after four weeks of challenges, family fun and competition.
Almost 29,000 entries were made by scanning the Go Parks QR code in participating parks which made a huge total of 384,905 points earned by Coventry schools.
Over 100 schools took part in the challenge, with five categories representing schools by their on-roll numbers.
The winners have been announced for each category as follows:
1st – Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School
2nd – St. John Vianney Catholic Primary School
3rd – St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
1st – Pearl Hyde Community Primary School
2nd – Park Hill Primary School
3rd – Henley Green Primary School
1st – Ernesford Grange Primary
2nd – Coundon Primary School
3rd – Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
1st – Barr’s Hill School
2nd – The Westwood Academy
3rd – Caludon Castle School
1st – Baginton Fields School
All prizes go towards maintaining the school children’s mental and physical wellbeing. An additional prize for the most active and encouraging social media presence has also been awarded to St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School.
Along with entries during daily exercise, Go Parks also gave schools the opportunity to win even more points with Flash Challenges such as Triple Point Tuesday and Sky Blues Saturday.
Sky Blues Saturday saw Coventry City Football Club award two children for completing their Sky Blues Flash Challenge with a future visit to their school from a Coventry City player.
Educational themed weeks including Art and English were also incorporated to give the challenge a wider educational value and to celebrate Coventry’s UK City of Culture 2021 title.
41 parks across the city hosted a QR code banner or poster for residents to enter and vote; all wards were covered allowing the challenge to provide a safe, yet fun way for all households in Coventry to get active while adhering to local guidelines.
Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge has been a massive success. Almost 29,000 entries demonstrates the enthusiasm Coventry residents had for the challenge.
“It really has been amazing to see so many children of all fitness levels and abilities in the city get so excited about the challenge, supporting their school and of course being able to get active safely during this difficult time.
“I would like to congratulate all of the winning schools on their fantastic efforts and managing to hold their positions in the leaderboards to the end. I would also like to thank every school and their staff, parents, guardians and pupils for taking part in the challenge. You have all done brilliantly.”
The free-to-enter challenge was in partnership with Coventry East and West School Games organisers who host sport and physical activity competitions across Coventry’s schools.
School Games Organiser from Coventry West, Danny Kingham, said: “We can’t believe the challenge has already come to an end. The last four weeks have flown by.
“We are still in disbelief at the phenomenal amount of engagement we have had for the duration of the challenge. Well done to every school that took part no matter what your finishing position was. We saw the hard work put in by you and we can’t say thank you enough.
“Now the challenge is over, we need to remember to keep up that level of physical activity for our mental and physical health by continuing to use our daily exercise.”
Stuart Davoile, School Games Organiser from Coventry East, added: “The final numbers are unbelievable. I’m so pleased to have worked on this project, we really have got households moving and added some excitement to their days during this hard time.
“We not only saw the schools support each other, but the communities around the city too. It was something they could all work on together and we already have individuals telling us they miss it.
“We look forward to creating more projects like this and continuing to put a smile on people’s faces.”
Information on future Go Parks events and challenges can be found on Go Parks website.