Sam kicks off Sport Relief at Ann Edwards Primary

Monday 9th April 2018

Ann Edwards Church of England Primary, based in South Cerney, Cirencester, was one of many schools that made the journey to the Olympic Stadium last year, to watch the London 2017 Para Athletics World Championships. During their visit to the Stadium, Sam spoke with Key Stage 2 teacher and sport crazy Mr. Dan Thomas, who was the commanding officer of the yellow army cheering and shouting for the competing athletes.

An invite to the school to further inspire the children was extended and a date was set to coincide with Sport Relief. The day began with Mr. Thomas, Sam and the school’s sports leaders building the obstacle course for their Sport Relief mile. The gruelling challenges included a hula hoop dive, going under a humungous cargo net and hurdling a set of hay bales at the finish! Five laps of this course was the equivalent of one mile. After the set up, Sam gave an entertaining whole school assembly to launch the school’s efforts to raise money for those less unfortunate. (NB – Honourable mention to Reception who sat still and engaged with the assembly for a whole 45 minutes!)

With such excitement for the task at hand, not only did every class run their mile, numerous children insisted that five laps was a minimum distance and would certainly have continued all day, if we hadn’t stopped them. With such enthusiasm, even some of the claims from Key Stage One that they had ran at least 10 miles couldn’t be disputed.

A truly phenomenal effort by everyone involved, with over £300 raised by the school and despite the physical exertions of the day, it was smartly brought to an end with a frenzied game of touch rugby after lunch. For anyone that may be wondering, there are some genuine talents at Ann Edwards, especially with the ball in hand, England Rugby has future stars in waiting!

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