Published Thursday, 18 March 2021
The five winners of the Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge were recently announced and today they were awarded for their first-place finishes.
The top five schools from the Coventry themed groups were Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Pearl Hyde Community Primary School, Ernesford Grange Primary, Barr’s Hill School and Baginton Fields School.
The schools finished first in their groups after four weeks of working hard to maintain their position throughout the active challenge.
The challenge lasted for the duration of February and added elements of fun and excitement to Coventry residents’ daily exercise.
Almost 29,000 votes were submitted for the schools by scanning the Go Parks QR code in participating parks, making a huge total of 384,905 points earned by Coventry schools.
All prizes will contribute towards maintaining the school children’s mental and physical wellbeing.
Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “I would like to congratulate the top five winning schools of the challenge. It was fantastic to present the award to the schools.
“Surveys were sent out to both residents and teachers who took part in the challenge and the feedback has been brilliant. Maintaining mental and physical wellbeing were key here and the feedback that we received tells us we did exactly that.
“The buzz this challenge created amongst schools, communities and those of all fitness levels and abilities has been great to see during this difficult time. With the challenge finishing and the spring weather arriving, I hope to see families continue to use the parks and keep exercising safely.
“Once again, congratulations to each school that took part, everyone’s efforts really were amazing.”
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 for Coventry West, Danny Kingham and Stuart Davoile, School Games Organiser for Coventry East, said: “Congratulations to those finishing in the top five, but also to every school who took part. Everyone did amazingly.
“Every park that we used for the challenge was visited which demonstrates how wide-spread the participation was. We continue to receive positive messages from teachers and parents about how much they miss the challenge and how much of a positive impact it had on them.
“We have been told the challenge gave families something to do together, providing a new focus for them and it even encouraged some who haven’t been physically active in months to get moving in their local green space.
“We really look forward to working on more projects like this in the future.”
Information on future Go Parks events and challenges can be found on Go Parks website.