Sport Relief : Events held across the region
Sports enthusiasts put their best feet forward as they got active to support this year’s annual Sport Relief fundraising appeal.
Schools and groups in the Advertiser area helped contribute to the national fundraising, which is used for projects at home and abroad.
Nationally, Sport Relief 2018 raised more than £38m.
The total was revealed at the end of a six-hour live BBC telethon.
Newark Judo Club
Junior members of Newark Judo Club had two minutes to throw down and hold as many opponents as possible.
Sixteen juniors from the club, aged four to 15, completed 425 transitions in that time.
It was a speedy effort from the juniors as a fast throw and hold usually takes 4.5 seconds.The top throwers and best fundraiser will receive prizes.
The club said all the coaches were proud of the juniors, who were watched and encouraged by parents and fellow members.
It is hoped that more than £600 was raised.
A club spokesman said: “What the children achieved is amazing. It is the equivalent of deadlifting your own bodyweight 30 times but with the disadvantage of dropping to the floor between each lift.”
Muskham Primary School
Each year group at Muskham Primary School ran 18 laps of the multi-use games area — the equivalent of a Sport Relief mile — dressed as their favourite sporting hero.
John Hunt Primary School, Balderton
More than 450 pupils ran a mile in fancy dress at John Hunt Primary School, Balderton.
The fun run was part of a day that included a cake sale and circuit training.
Pupils dressed in their own sports kit, or as their favourite sporting hero.
Miss Ysabella Beaumont, a year five teacher, said: “All the children were excited.
“We had been on the Sport Relief website and looked at case studies so the pupils had the awareness that people are less fortunate than them and what we were doing it for.”
Many of the staff, including Miss Beaumont, took part in the fun run and invited parents to join in.
Deputy head Mr Sam Betts completed four laps of the school field, which made up the mile, in a Minion outfit from the film Despicable Me.
Lowe's Wong Infants' School, Southwell
More than 200 pupils from Lowe’s Wong Infants’ School, Southwell, set out to run a mile on the all-weather track at Southwell Racecourse.
It was the school’s largest mass participation event.
Mrs Alix Peacock, deputy head and event organiser, said: “We wanted everyone to have fun and raise as much as possible for Sport Relief.”
Mr Alex Jepson, commercial manager at Southwell Racecourse, said they were keen to get involved and open the racecourse especially for the children.
Mount Church Of England Primary School, Newark
Pupils dressed, among others, as footballers, ballerinas and scuba divers at the Mount Church of England Primary School, Newark, and paid £1 each to participate in dance-a-thons.
Head Mrs Claire Kent said: “We had a huge variety of sports people. We told the students they could come as either famous sports personalities or in their own sports club kit, as it is just as important what they do outside of school as in school.
“All of the staff joined in as — well much to the children’s amusement.”
Mrs Kent said some pupils dressed as personal trainers.
There were two separate 45-minute dance-a-thons led by teacher Mrs Victoria Cobb. Parents were invited to join in.
Several dance styles featured, including street dance, Zumba and Latin.
Mrs Kent said: “The parents enjoyed it too. Some of them were shocked as they thought they were just coming to watch.”
The school raised £300.
Mrs Kent said: “It is all part of our Christian values to help charities and communities as much as we can by doing fundraising days like this throughout the year.
“The children love dressing up and raising money to help where they can.”
The Mount school frequently raises money for a school in Gambia, and sends shoes and clothing for the students.
Chuter Ede Primary School, Balderton
At Chuter Ede’s Balderton site, pupils were challenged to walk as many steps as they could around the playground.
The pupils each donated £1 to Sport Relief.
Langar Church Of England Primary School
Children at Langar Church of England Primary School have taken part in a Health and Fitness Week, planned to coincide with Sport Relief.
The aim was to engage the pupils in fun ways to keep fit.
Head Emily Brown said: “As a school we celebrate and recognise our differences and encourage children to be their best. Providing them with opportunities to try a range of physical activities gives every child a chance to discover their skills and talents.”
The children took part in Drumba (drumming and dancing) workshops, run by Adam Rockley, of Rockley Music; yoga and mindfulness sessions, organised by Rattle And Roll Performance Nottinghamshire; and learnt skipping skills with Skipping For Schools.
The school raised money for Sport Relief by selling balls, which the children enjoyed playing with at playtimes.