Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Partner Schools and Rugby League Development Officers, who work in over 120 schools in Leeds, have set the city’s children their own unique challenges to encourage them to stay active at home whilst the schools are closed due to the Coronavirus emergency.
Throughout the year the charity’s staff deliver high quality physical education for primary school children. The charity’s Partner Schools receive at least 70 hours of contact time, with all staff trained to offer multi sports for the children as well as offering guidance for pupils in their transition from participating in sport at school onto playing for local Community Clubs or other Activity Clubs.
With schools now closed, the staff were keen to help motivate the pupils they work with in their cluster and decided they would create their own unique challenges for children to test themselves and keep active at home.
Gareth Cook, Head of Community and Engagement at Leeds Rhinos Foundation said: “We are all disappointed that we are unable to continue our work in schools this year and we understand this is a very challenging time for young people.
“Our partner schools officers have a great relationship with the children and the teachers they work with and they wanted to be able to provide support to them whilst the children were away from school. They came up with doing these 60 second challenges plus some individual and team challenges to help inspire the children to remain active and healthy during the time they will be at home.
“They have come up with some interesting challenges – some trickier than others! We hope lots of children will get involved and take up the challenge and we would love to see videos of how they are all getting along to help encourage others to do it too.”
Keep and eye out for the challenges on our social media accounts over the coming weeks. If you take on any of the challenges make sure you film them and upload on social media and we will share some of the best ones.
The first challenge comes from Community Clubs Development Officer, Sam Horner, who has given his challenge his own unique twist!
Our staff have been getting creative at home thinking of challenges to help people stay #ActiveAtHome.
Our favourite so far is this from @S_Horner61 – sorry we mean Elvis!
🏉If you’ve got the space at home – why not give it a go and let us know how you do. pic.twitter.com/5Ywo4YhrgJ
— Leeds Rhinos Foundation (@RugbyLeeds) March 27, 2020