Pupils and staff in Paulsgrove have joined forces this week to promote the power of sport as part of national Sport Relief challenge RideABC.
Across their 600-mile bike journey, United Learning’s Head of Sport Shaun Dowling and Educational Technologist Bruce Wilson have been visiting 25 schools – including Beacon View Primary Academy and The Victory Primary School in Paulsgrove. In addition to this, students from King Richard School, which has this month officially joined United Learning, will be joining in the fundraising for RideABC.
Today, on Day Two of RideABC, cyclists Shaun and Bruce were met by their Portsmouth welcoming committees at Beacon View and Victory Primaries. Despite the rain, as well as cheering them on, pupils and staff had planned a whole host of activities to get active and fundraise for the initiative.
At Beacon View Primary Academy, the School Council challenged pupils, staff and visitors to complete a combined 1,800 laps around the school race track to make up the 600 mile distance of RideABC. Either by running, skipping, hopping, jumping or walking, donations were collected towards Sport Relief and United Learning’s SITUPS initiative, which uses the power of sport to drive improvement.
Next week, during national Sport Relief week, The Victory Primary School 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 RideABC and I know our pupils were very excited about the chance to do their part for Sport Relief and be part of a national programme.”
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 RideABC can be made here, with funds split 75/25 between Sport Relief and the Group’s SITUPS programme.
Shaun Dowling, Head of Sport for United Learning and RideABC cyclist said:
“Obviously we were rather concerned last week when the Beast from the East descended on us. We were determined however that we would go ahead, regardless of the snow. Thankfully the weather this week should be kinder to us but we’re conscious that, as we travel up the country, we are likely to run into the aftermath of the storm. And however bad that gets, it won’t be nearly as difficult as if we had been attempting it last week.
“This whole challenge is about testing our own resilience as well as raising money for some excellent causes. It was going to be testing enough, however, without the added pressures that last week’s weather has caused. We are hoping that, as we head North each day, the snow and floods will have cleared. But we realise that it is still going to add an extra pressure on us during the ride.”