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Two Paulsgrove Primaries join forces for National sporting challenge Ride ABC
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Two Paulsgrove Primaries join forces for National sporting challenge Ride ABC

Two primary schools in Paulsgrove are joining forces to promote the power of sport as part of Ride ABC this March.

Ride ABC is an epic biking challenge taking place across United Learning, which will see two central office staff members travel almost the length of country to raise money for Sport Relief. Across 600 miles and eight days, United Learning’s Head of Sport Shaun Dowling and Educational Technologist Bruce Wilson will be visiting 25 schools – including Beacon View Primary Academy and The Victory Primary School in Paulsgrove.

On Day Two of Ride ABC – March 6th – cyclists Shaun and Bruce will be met by their Portsmouth welcoming committees at each of the schools. As well as cheering them on, pupils and staff at Beacon View and Victory Primaries will be doing their part to get active and raise money with a whole host of activities.

At Beacon View Primary Academy, the School Council is challenging pupils, staff and visitors to complete a combined 1,800 laps around the school race track to make up the 600 mile distance of Ride ABC. Either by running, skipping, hopping, jumping or walking, donations will be collected towards Sport Relief and United Learning’s sport improvement initiative SITUPS.

At The Victory Primary School, this week pupils heard directly from Head of Sport Shaun Dowling about his training and the important work of Sport Relief in a whole-school Skype assembly. Then, on 23rd March, during national Sport Relief week, Victory will be hosting a full day of fundraising activities including the one mile challenge, dancing and skipping and selling lots of cakes!

Emma Sykes, Principal at Beacon View Primary Academy, said:

“Our School Council has done a brilliant job in planning our upcoming ‘Be Fun & Run’ event as part of Ride ABC and I know our pupils are very excited about the chance to do their part for Sport Relief and be part of a national programme. We look forward to welcoming families and friends of our school to Beacon View to help us raise money for a very worthy cause and celebrate the importance of leading active, healthy lives.”

Jim Hartley, Headteacher at The Victory Primary School, added:

“Sport Relief is such a great cause and is something that our older children are particularly keen on being involved with. What’s particularly important though is that they learn that life is full of challenges and doing something like Shaun and Bruce are undertaking is not only physically enduring but great fun and the kind of thing that throughout our lives we should aspire to do.”

Donations to United Learning’s Ride ABC can be made here, with funds split 75/25 between Sport Relief and the Group’s SITUPS programme, using the power of sport to drive improvement.

Shaun Dowling, Head of Sport for United Learning and Ride ABC cyclist said:

“We are delighted to be teaming up with Sport Relief this year for Ride ABC. We have already been overwhelmed by the support United Learning schools have given this project and are thrilled that so many of our students will have the opportunity to be involved in some exciting physical challenge activities, whilst raising money for two brilliant charities.”

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