Somerset Schools raise £6,735 for One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need through physical activity and sport

Somerset Schools raise £6,735 for One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need through physical activity and sport

Posted: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:57

Somerset Schools raise £6,735 for One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need through physical activity and sport

For the second year running Somerset Schools and Early Years settings took the challenge to get moving in November and raised £6,735 for BBC Children in Need by supporting the One Show's Rickshaw Challenge.

Organised by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) School Games programme, 30 schools and 6,200 pupils took part in different physical activity challenges during the BBC Children in Need Week (11-15 November). Many schools succeeded their target of achieving 423 miles over the week. In total, 17,736 miles was completed in 5 days collectively. An amazing achievement by all involved. This year saw an increase in schools and pupils involved, and an increase in miles completed by the school children, compared to the challenge in 2018.

Somerset schools and Early Years settings encouraged their youngsters to get active and contribute to the 423-mile rickshaw virtual challenge. Schools ran laps of their playing fields at lunchtimes, during play time, counted their miles on their journey to school and had spin bikes set up for the week for pupils and teachers to rack up the miles cycling. The schools kept a visual log of their daily miles, and for the first time, Somerset had a virtual leader board of the miles being completed. Some schools entrusted young leaders to run sessions before school and through play and lunchtime, and one child did limitless laps of a bike track in order to do his bit for Children in Need 2019 and this fantastic cause.

Pupils from Crowcombe & Stogumber C of E Primary Schools said,

"It has been amazing and tiring," smiled Lucy.

"It's tiring but it's worth the pain because other children have more pain and bigger problems," said Harriet kindly.

"Throughout the week all you can think about is running and rowing; it makes you feel tired but it's worthwhile', said Flora seriously.

This has been a great week of celebration for Somerset but also raising money for such a worthwhile cause. Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) also receive funding from Children in Need to deliver outdoor activity sessions for children with disabilities and their families. The sessions range from cricket to kayaking, laser pistols to tree climbing and the main objective is for families to be able to have fun and participate in activities together.

SASP have also received further funding from Children in Need to deliver the new project 'Jump Start'. SASP strongly believe in the importance and value of sport and physical activity, and how it has the potential to transform lives. Not only can it empower communities as a whole, it can give individuals the life skills, aspirations, self-esteem and experiences they need to help them have a positive childhood. We hope that through the launch of our 'Jump Start' programme, we will be able to help young people in Somerset to do this. Jump Start Clubs is a programme supporting young people aged 8 - 14 years old whom may have chaotic home lives, struggle to stay in school or may be known to the police. We provide them with weekly activity sessions, in a supported environment where they feel safe and valued and have a voice - the young people are able to shape how the club is run, better understand the impacts of their behaviours and feel included. The sessions are an important positive opportunity for building life skills that allow them to better cope with daily life challenges.

SASP CEO, Jane Knowles said, "We are delighted to have received this funding and to put money back into young people in the County, after the amazing efforts of our young people during children in need week. The grants will allow us to help young people make positive changes to their attitudes and behaviour and help to increase confidence and self-esteem".

For further information, please contact Sarah Coombs on - or call on 01823 653990.

Schools that took part in The Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge 2019:

Robert Blake Science College

St Benedict's Church of England VA Junior School, Glastonbury

St John & St Francis Church School, Bridgwater

Huish Primary School, Yeovil

St Andrew's C of E Junior School, Burnham-on-Sea

St Joseph's Primary School, Bridgwater

Mells C of E First School

Hamp Academy, Bridgwater

St James Church School, Taunton

Ashlands C of E First School

Crowcombe & Stogumber CofE Primary Schools

St Mary's CEVC Primary School, Bridgwater

Enmore C of E Primary School, Bridgwater

Greenfylde C of E First School, Ilminster

All Saints C of E Primary School, Montacute

Huntspill Federation

Ruishton C of E Primary School, Taunton

Blackbrook Primary School, Taunton

Kilmersdon Primary School

Brymore Academy

The King Alfred School, Highbridge

Westover Little Stars Pre-School, Bridgwater

Long Sutton Primary School, Langport

Manor Court Community Primary School, Chard

Martock Church of England Primary School

Milverton Community Primary School, Taunton

Somerset Bridge Primary School, Bridgwater

St Batholomew's C of E First School, Crewkerne

The Beehive Day Nursery, Taunton

Thurlbear Church of England Primary School, Taunton

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