Lets Get Telford Active

Who won the first Telford Schools Challenge?

Last month we started the Telford Schools Challenge. A friendly competition to see which school is the most active and to encourage more physical activity during the school day.
The Telford Schools Challenge winners celebrating

As part of the Telford Schools Challenge, schools recorded the amount of miles schools ran or walked in November.

Having calculated the totals we can reveal that classrooms ran or walked a massive 150 miles. That is the distance between Telford and Durham.

But who was the winner?

The top performing school that ran the most miles was St. Patrick’s Primary, with a mile count of 49.6 miles. That meant the school covered more than a mile a day.

Stephen Reynolds, Mayor of Telford and Wrekin, presented a certificate for their achievement to Shay, a pupil at the school.

So, well done to all the schools taking part, and congratulations to St. Patrick’s Primary for being the top performing school.

Stephen Reynolds, Mayor of Telford and Wrekin, presenting a certificate to Shay, a pupil at the school for winning the Telford Schools Challenge.
Stephen Reynolds, Mayor of Telford and Wrekin, presenting a certificate to Shay for winning the Telford Schools Challenge.

It is amazing to see that even in November, pupils have been out taking part in this competition. Proving that weather is no issue to activity!

The Telford Schools Challenge is part of Telford and Wrekin Councils ongoing Let’s Get Telford Active Campaign. The campaign aims to boost activity levels across the borough for all ages.

Mary Price, Head of School at St Patrick’s Primary, said:

“We are trying to become a more ‘active’ school so it seemed fitting that we should take part in the challenge – I would like to thank Miss Hunter, our PE Lead, for organising this.

“There is a strong culture of sporting activities at St Patrick’s and we have been running the Daily Mile since September 2018 in all classes.

“We are delighted to have won the competition, and look forward to taking part in the next challenge in February.”

Mary Price, Head of School at St Patrick’s Primary

Next term schools will take part in a new competition – to finish the most ‘10 minute shakeups’ in one month.

If you are a school that wants to get involved, please get in touch.

Pupils at St Patrick’s Primary School with the Mayor of Telford and Wrekin.

Top five schools for the first Telford Schools Challenge

Thank you to all the schools who took part in our first challenge. Here is the top 5 schools in the borough and the amount of miles they covered in November.

PositionSchoolMiles completed
1stSt Patrick’s Primary49.6
2ndHLC Primary25.7
3rdLadygrove Primary21.6
4thLawley Primary17.7
5thWrockwardine Wood Juniors13.95

Telford’s young people get active

The number of young people classed as “active” has increased by 15.8 per cent in the past 12 months. Exercising for at least 150 minutes a week in and out of school means you are “active”.

This is according to the latest Active Lives Children and Young People Survey from Sport England.

In the past twelve months, we have worked closely with schools on schemes like The Telford Schools Challenge.

Here is how we are trying to encourage activity in young people in Telford and Wrekin.

Mandy Sznober

By Mandy Sznober

Health Improvement Practitioner – Children and Families

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