School Strava Challenge pushes youngsters to remain active

The winners of fitness tracker watches at Campbeltown Grammar School were Kyle Paterson and Iona Renton.
The winners of fitness tracker watches at Campbeltown Grammar School were Kyle Paterson and Iona Renton.

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An initiative aimed at helping secondary pupils stay active during lockdown and home-schooling has been deemed a huge success.

Organised by LiveArgyll’s Active Schools and Sport team, the School Strava Challenge encouraged young people at secondary schools across the area, including Campbeltown Grammar School, to keep active and healthy while not having access to regular school activity.

Staff and pupils in every school were given the challenge of walking, running or wheeling as many kilometres as possible over a five-week period. The schools were pitched against each other to offer a competitive element, and pupils vied for top spot in their school community.

A total of 10 schools, 378 pupils and 112 school staff amassed an incredible 29,670 kilometres over the course of the challenge.

Tobermory High School was victorious in the title for the average number of kilometres per pupil, followed by Tarbert Academy and Tiree High School, with Dunoon Grammar School winning for the highest number of kilometres travelled. The top schools were rewarded with a selection of sports equipment for their efforts.

The top performing boy and girl from each school were awarded a fitness tracker watch for clocking up the highest number of miles. At Campbeltown Grammar School, these were won by Iona Renton and Kyle Paterson.

This week, under the Scottish Government’s phased school return plans, pupils in P4 to P7 returned to school, joining their P1 to P3 classmates who returned last month.

All secondary students are also now expected to spend ‘some time in school’ before their expected full-time return after the Easter break on April 19.

The Active Schools and Sports team is working on a number of projects to restart extracurricular activity when this allows, and have already produced some online resources for school pupils to keep them active at home, which can be found on the LiveArgyll website at www.liveargyll.co.uk

Contact the Active Schools team by emailing activeschools@liveargyll.co.uk for more information about activities in a particular area.