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Challenge 2020 at Home

Group-wide initiative encouraging pupils and staff to set creative, physical activity targets continues as #Challenge2020atHome.

Since its launch at the start of the year, Challenge 2020 has motivated pupils and staff in our schools up and down the country to get moving and take on new and exciting physical activities inspired by the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Over several months, hundreds of ambitious sporting targets along the ‘2020’ theme have been successfully met – from a family at The John Roan School cycling 20 minutes a day for 20 days to a teacher at Hanwell Fields Community School pledging to run 20km each week for 20 weeks.

Whilst the Tokyo Games have unfortunately been postponed because of COVID-19, and schools are temporarily closed, this does not mean that the challenge itself has to come to a standstill. Our schools continue to safely build on everything they’ve achieved so far – knowing that, more than ever, it is important we maintain healthy routines and an active lifestyle, both for our physical and mental wellbeing. 

The initiative is therefore continuing as #Challenge2020atHome during the current distance learning period. It will be an opportunity for pupils and staff to really get creative with how they plan to stay active, and, with everyone spending more time at home, a chance to enlist other members of their household to join in the challenge.

For example, pledges could include completing a 20 minute at-home circuit every day for 20 days, trying two new online exercise classes each week or running 20km over the course of a fortnight! 

As always, Challenge 2020 seeks to inspire our young people to try new things, face challenges head on and succeed through perseverance and determination – exactly what it means to deliver an Education with Character. We hope that this Group-wide activity will also help them feel a continued sense of collaboration, competition and character at this unique time.


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