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Rigby Hall School students get sporty, stay active and raise funds during lockdown

Tristan Harris 16th May, 2020 Updated: 16th May, 2020

PUPILS from Rigby Hall Special School have been getting sporty, undertaking a variety of sports challenges over the last seven weeks to stay active, motivated and have a few laughs during lockdown.

One task was to walk, run or jog as many miles as they all could in a weekend to ‘virtually’ run the London marathon – it was so successful they managed 227 miles instead.

Others have included ball challenges, core strength tasks and anything which posed a personal physical target to enable people to #StayInWorkOut.

The scheme was promoted the All Active Academy, ran by the All Active CIC which runs a range of sports, health, wellbeing and active lifestyle projects for young people, schools, families and the local community in North Worcestershire.

Rigby Hall School headteacher Tracey Smith said: “It has been wonderful to see so many of our pupils, their families and our staff join in with these challenges as they are a lot of fun.

“As well as promoting staying active they also have a different focus each day to enable people to challenge themselves with a smile.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for joining us with these – it’s been fantastic to be able to see each other at this time.”

The school Twitter page has been inundated with challenges.

A couple of weekends ago, the staff joined Ryland Netball Club’s charity fundraiser and took part in the 1,000 pass challenge.

Ryland Netball Club set it up to raise £2,000 for two local charities – The Harry Bennett Foundation and Community Integrated Care.

The Harry Bennett Foundation was set up in memory of sporty Harry who died earlier this year at the age of 16.

It aims to help individuals and groups fulfil their sporting dreams.

Netballers from different age teams and their friends and families have been taking part in this challenge in order to raise funds.

Ryland Netball club are encouraged by the £640 raised so far and are asking more members from the community to help them achieve their target in the next few weeks.

For more information, to take part or donate, click here.

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