This week, Swindon pupils and staff have been doing their part to promote the power of sport and raise money for Sport Relief as part of RideABC.
On March 7th, Shaun and Bruce reached Swindon Academy, stopping at both the Alton Close and Beech Avenue locations. They were warmly welcomed by students and staff from its primary and secondary phases, rounding off Day Three of their gruelling journey. The cyclists then took off from Nova Hreod Academy on March 8th to continue their path north.
As well as cheering them on, Swindon Academy pupils and staff at the schools did their part to get active and raise money through a whole host of activities. Led by former Olympic gold medallist and athletics star Jason Gardener MBE, students embarked on a series of sporting challenges to reach their fundraising targets. Swindon Academy Sixth Formers also participated in an ambitious 24 hour sponsored cycle challenge on March 6th to help push up the school’s fundraising total.
At Nova Hreod Academy, on March 8th, students undertook their own Sport Relief mile challenges alongside Shelley Rudman, who won a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in skeleton. Students dressed as sporting stars and there were prizes for the best dressed competitor and for the fasted mile. However, everyone was encouraged to join in and complete the mile distance whether by running, jogging or walking.
Leaving Swindon, the RideABC route will take Shaun and Bruce next to the Corngreaves and Timbertree Academies in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands. Tomorrow, they will be weaving their way from Stockport Academy via our Manchester cluster of schools before they journey even further north towards their final destination of Carlisle.
Ruth Robinson, Executive Principal of Swindon Academy and Nova Hreod Academy, said:
“Everyone at our schools has been looking forward to welcoming Shaun and Bruce and doing their part to promote the value of sport and physical endurance for RideABC. From our Primary to Sixth Form – pupils have all had the chance to get involved and raise valuable funds for Sport Relief and SITUPS.”
Donations to United Learning’s RideABC can be made here, with funds split 75/25 between Sport Relief and the Group’s SITUPS programme, which uses the power of sport to drive improvement.