Over the last 10 weeks, 170 schools participated in the virtual school games!
Posted: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:07
The Birmingham School Games, along with many other events and programmes, needed to adapt this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Birmingham School Games Organisers and Sport Birmingham were determined to ensure that children and young people across the city were still able to be involved, develop their skills and try different sport challenges. As a result, the Birmingham School Games Challenges were developed and school pupils across the city were able to take part in 10 weeks of sports challenges that could be completed at home and with minimal equipment.
As a project endorsed by United by Birmingham 2022, the challenges began on Monday 1st June and ran for 10 weeks, with a different sport focus and 3 challenges to complete each week. Over 4,500 users from 170 schools across the city registered to be involved, while the website (www.sgochallenge.com) received 16,500 views over the course of the challenges.
Feedback from those involved, including teachers and parents, was positive with many stating that they had been more involved in the School Games and school sport due to the challenges than they had previously. There was also a positive shift in participants' feelings towards sport and physical activity as a result of their involvement in the online challenges.
The Birmingham School Games Challenges were supported by a number of partners and athletes, and to those we are very grateful and hope to continue working in partnership over the coming months and years.
With ongoing restrictions in place into the start of the new academic year, the virtual School Games will continue throughout the Autumn Term and beyond due to their success. If you are yet to register then head to www.sgochallenge.com or contact your local School Games Organiser for more information.