Fitness Challenges Prove Popular During Lockdown
During the lock down our pupils at both schools have been using fitness apps to track exercise using GPS data.
As part of our provision of sport and fitness, we set up a club for both our prep pupils and senior pupils. Ali Halls, our Director of Sport at King’s Hall, and Phil Lewis, our Director of Sport at King's College, have used the fitness apps to motivate pupils, give feedback, monitor progress and set weekly challenges.
Earlier in the Summer Term, the schools set up a distance challenge against Queen's College, as a fun way to keep motivated.
Commenting, Ali said: “My wife Liz is the Director of Girls’ Sport at Queen’s and has also set up an online fitness club. Over half term we thought it would be good fun to have a fixture between the two schools. Over the week we ran, cycled and swam against them and the scores were added together. We gave the results on Tuesday, Thursday and then the final results on Sunday.”
He added: “We managed to cover a total of 4,779km in a week, with Queen's not too far away with 4,372km. It was a great event, and has kept us connected as a school. I was able to see both scores throughout, so found myself cycling quite a lot over that week. Well done to all the athletes at King's and Queen's who took part."
Following this, another Strava challenge was created, this time involving the whole school community. So, pupils, staff, parents, OAs and friends at both King's Hall and King's College, all registered on the app and started to run, swim, walk, and cycle across the period of a week. It was a close run thing, with our OAs clocking up an astonishing 3875 miles, winning the event. Second place went to the staff team.
The aim of these challenges was of course to create motivation and enthusiasm for keeping fit and active during lockdown. Our OA Strava group continues, and we hope we can resume these challenges in some form next term with our pupils.
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