11:36 am May 19, 2022
4:57 PM May 19, 2022
A campaign to help primary schools equip themselves with vital sports equipment has received enthusiastic support.
Almost 200 schools across Norfolk and Waveney have now signed up for the campaign giving primary schools the chance to win a share of £20,000 worth of sports equipment.
With tokens printed in the Lowestoft Journal and Beccles and Bungay Journal each week as part of the Sports Equipment for Schools campaign, a call for all to raise the most tokens has now been issued.
The race is now on to collect the most tokens before the final submission deadline on Friday, September 9.
One of the schools involved is Ditchingham Primary Academy, near Bungay.
Youngsters at Rider Haggard Way Primary School in Ditchingham donned their physical education kits this week to show their involvement in the scheme.
Heather Brand, executive director of the academy, said: “We are happy to be part of the programme.
“We really want our kids to be as active as possible, so the ability to get extra gear is important.”
Ms Brand added: “We try to promote links with local clubs and organize sporting activities and taster sessions where we can.”
For example, in the spring, after-school clubs organized futsal and circuit sessions. The children were also told about a football camp at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, while football training sessions were led by an Ipswich Town FC coach for children in all years.
After signing up for the Sports Equipment for Schools campaign, a post on the Ditchingham Primary Academy Facebook page said: “If you could collect some tokens for us we would really appreciate it – encourage teachers, parents , guardians, grandparents, friends and neighbors to bring their tokens before recycling their newspaper.
Schools that collect the most tokens (taken in proportion to pupils) will receive a full Eveque athletics kit worth over £1,000 plus a visit from a professional athlete who has represented Great Britain.
Second prize will be an Eveque Sports Hall Triathlon kit worth £750, and each school that registers and collects over 1,000 tokens will receive a Throw Pack or baby bag of the school’s choice) from worth over £100.
Anyone can collect tokens for any registered school, simply mail or bring your tokens to school before the end of August so that all tokens can be tallied before the date September 9 final deadline.
The tokens will be printed in the Lowestoft Journal and the Beccles and Bungay Journal each Friday, and there will also be a token in the Eastern Daily Press Monday to Friday and two on Saturday, until Saturday July 16.
Schools signed up
Beccles Primary Academy
Blundeston COE Primary Controlled Voluntary
Brampton COE Primary
Primary Carlton Colville
Ditchingham Primary Academy
Ellingham VC Primary
Gillingham St Michael Primary
Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary
Ormiston Denes Academy
St. Peter’s Academy of Phoenix
Primary Red Oak
Ringsfield COE Primary
Roman Hill Primary
Bubbling Primary and Mundham
St Benet Catholic Primary
Primary Woods Loke
Worlingham CEVC Primary
For details email [email protected]