SCHOOLS in Huddersfield are getting the chance to win sports equipment as part of a national scheme to improve children’s fitness.
The Fitter Schools UK Challenge 2008, the nation’s most successful school fitness initiative, is offering schools across Yorkshire the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of equipment and professional coaching.
Department of Health figures show that 11.4% of children in Yorkshire are overweight or obese.
The national scheme, run by Fit For Sport and supported by former England footballer Ian Wright, aims to improve fitness, establish life-long activity habits and improve health.
Last year’s challenge attracted more than 250 schools in the Yorkshire region with one million children taking part.
Schools have until March 21 to enter this year’s event to improve their pupils’ health and be in with a chance of winning prizes worth thousands, including prizes for the UK’s fittest school and the school showing the most improvement over the course of the challenge.
The competition is free to enter and is open to all schools which have up to 14 weeks to improve their pupils’ fitness.
To help them, participating schools will be sent a challenge pack, which includes detailed instructions on how to conduct sports, lesson ideas and healthy lifestyle tips.
The packs have been developed for both PE and non-PE teachers and feature activities which can be organised by all schools regardless of their existing sports, facilities and capabilities.
The emphasis is on achievable goals, as well as providing the motivation to help the children sustain an active life beyond the challenge, including making little changes like walking to school instead of getting a lift.
To take part in this year’s challenge, call 0845 4563233 or visit www.fitterschoolsuk.com