Birmingham School Games Challenges launches on Monday 1st June 2020
Posted: Fri, 29 May 2020 11:19
The Birmingham School Games Challenges will be launched on Monday 1st June by Paralympian Archer and Bronze (2008) and Silver (2012) Medallist Mel Clarke and invites all school children from across Birmingham to register and be involved in this year's School Games from their own home.
The Birmingham School Games Challenges aims to engage school children from across the city in virtual challenges connected to the School Games throughout the Summer Term. The Birmingham School Games Summer Festivals that usually take place in July attract nearly 2,000 children each year. With the cancellation of these events this year, it is hoped that the same number will participate in the virtual challenges from their own home. This is an opportunity to ensure that children are continuing to learn and develop their sports skills while at home – and a perfect chance to also get parents, siblings and any other family members involved too.
The Birmingham School Games Challenges has been developed by the School Games Organisers across the city, with the support of Sport Birmingham. It will run throughout the whole of June and July, focussing on a different sport each week – starting with basketball WC 1st June. Children across all year groups will be able to get involved and there will be 3 different challenges each week to practice, develop and submit scores onto the virtual leader board.
Parents are encouraged to register their child(ren) via www.sgochallenge.com . An invite code will be required to register and can be obtained from their child's school or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the school. Once registered, the children will be able to access all of the personal challenges along with quizzes and trivia each week about the sport and links to local sports clubs.
There will be prizes on offer each week for those children who get involved, which mirror the School Games values of HONESTY, TEAMWORK, DETERMINATION, RESPECT, SELF-BELIEF and PASSION. There will be bigger and better prizes on offer as the challenges progress.
James Grinsted, Senior Partnerships Manager at Sport Birmingham, said "The Birmingham School Games Challenge has been developed by the School Games Organisers across the city to ensure that children do not miss out on participating in the School Games this summer. At the moment, it is more important than ever that young people have the opportunity to stay physically active and motivated to improve their skills, and this is a great way to achieve both."
Hannah Reed, School Games Organiser who is overseeing the project, said "This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to stay involved in the School Games, where the parents are also actively being encouraged to get involved too, to support their child's development, health and wellbeing during this time. As an SGO, it helps us to stay in touch with the schools and the communities in which we work in order to support them even during this time."
Mel Clarke, GB Paralympian, said upon launching the project "I'm really excited to be launching the Birmingham School Games challenge this year! With the current lockdown in place this is a fantastic opportunity to be involved with some sporting activities and to compete with others from your school, your family, and other schools in Birmingham too."