Winning schools announced as thousands enter city-wide Go Parks challenge

Published Wednesday, 03 November 2021

The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge – City of Culture special has now finished after four weeks of challenges, family fun and competition throughout October.

Pictured: Earlsdon Primary School Challenge participants
Pictured: Earlsdon Primary School Challenge participants

11,500 participants took part in the Challenge’s activities and scanned the Go Parks QR codes in participating parks and cultural venues around the city. A huge total of over 100,000 points were earned for Coventry schools. 

98 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:  

Starley category 

1st – St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School 

2nd – Howes Primary School 

3rd – Longford Park Primary School 

Leofric category 

1st – Park Hill Primary School 

2nd – Pearl Hyde Community Primary School 

3rd – St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School 

Godiva category 

1st – Coundon Primary School 

2nd – Ernesford Grange Primary School 

3rd – Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School  

Whittle category

The Westwood Academy 

2nd – Ernesford Grange School and Community College 

3rd – Coundon Court School and Community College 

Mercia category

1st – Sherbourne Fields School 

2nd – Riverbank Academy 

3rd – Baginton Fields School  

This time around, participants were required to have a Go CV account, making the entry process simpler along with the benefit of accessing Go CV discounts and offers to events and attractions around the city, both during the Challenge and after.  

Along with entries during people’s daily exercise to parks and visits to museums and cultural venues, Go Parks also gave schools the opportunity to win even more points with Flash Challenges such as Triple Point Tuesday and when visiting free Go Parks events around the city. 

Educational and cultural themed weeks including Creative Writing Week were also incorporated to give the Challenge a wider educational value and to celebrate Coventry’s UK City of Culture 2021 title. Coventry City of Culture Trust teamed up with Go Parks to judge entries and announce the winner of the creative writing task. 

55 locations across the city hosted a QR code banner or poster for residents to enter and vote, including the week-long Roller Disco event in the city centre.

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. 

Culture Coventry – operated by CV Life, Coventry Cultural Education Partnership (CCEP) and Coventry City of Culture Trust also worked with the Go Parks team to deliver cultural activities throughout the Challenge, including four free events in parks. The events consisted of parkour, World War Two and Roman activities, crafts and more. 

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “The Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge has once again been a massive success. 11,500 participants demonstrate the enthusiasm that schools, families and cultural partners have 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, celebrating our cultural title and enjoying the activities that have been provided for free around the city throughout.  

“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.”  

School Games Organisers from Coventry West and East, Danny Kingham and Stuart Davoile, added: “So many asked for the Challenge to come back after the first one came to an end in February, so it was great to be a part of it again. 

“We have seen so many schools and residents get moving and enjoy the competition which is the primary reason for delivering 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 all.” 

To look back at the challenge and photograph entries, head to the Coventry Sport Facebook and Twitter

Information on future Go Parks events and challenges can be found on Go Parks website

Coventry City Council