Pupils complete 125 days of exercise in a month

Pupils at Ramsey’s Abbey College were encouraged to boost their mental and physical health - and collectively completed 180,874 minutes of exercise in the 28 days of February, the equivalent of over 125 days.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 7:45 am
Abbey College draw winner Evie.

Abbey College’s PE Department set students the challenge to complete as many minutes of exercise as they could during the month.

For every 300 minutes of exercise completed, students were awarded one entry into a year group prize draw and one entry into a whole school prize draw.

Triumphing in the year group prize draws were Tomos in Year 7, Lexi in Year 8, Abigail in Year 9, Ethan in Year 10 and Olly in Year 11, who each won a £20 Amazon voucher.

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Evie in Year 7 was picked out from the whole school prize draw and won a pair of Apple Airpods.

Ben Pugh, Abbey College’s Head of PE, said: “We know how important it is for our students to keep active and engage with exercise, both for their mental and physical health.

“Due to school closures in February, we were unable to provide PE at the college for the majority of our students, but knew we still had a duty to keep our young people healthy, happy and active.

“The challenge gave our students the opportunity to engage in exercise safely, as well as experience different types of activities they may not have tried before.”

The PE Department set the challenge using their Instagram account and asked students to send in screenshots or videos of themselves completing the challenge.

This is not the first successful lockdown PE challenge completed by students at the College. Last year, the PE Department helped raise over £250 for the NHS Charities Together Campaign by setting students challenges such as using a hockey stick to do keepy uppys with a toilet roll, kicking a teabag into a mug, and spinning a basketball on your finger.