A Catholic school in Coventry has been named winner of a council active schools challenge which encouraged pupils to visit their local parks.
Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, was one of five schools in the city to win the Go Parks: Active School Challenge.
The free-to-enter challenge was organised by Coventry City Council in partnership with Coventry East and West School Games Organisers, who host sport and physical activity competitions across Coventry’s schools.
The school finished first in its group after working tirelessly throughout February to complete challenges set by Coventry City Council.
Pupils and their families visited parks across Coventry and shared their visits on social media – while also scanning the Go Park QR code when arriving at their park of choice.
Good Shepherd earned a total of 21,345 points and contributed to the overall city total of 385,905 points.
The school has been awarded with a £250 prize after winning the competition and the money will be invested in outdoor play and sports equipment – with the goal of encouraging pupils to keep active and enjoy the outdoors.
Principal Andrew McConville said: “It has been brilliant for the school to be involved in the Go Parks challenge and the response received from pupils and parents has been phenomenal.
“In a time where we spend so much time in front of a screen the challenge has encouraged everyone to head outside, get some fresh air and explore their local parks.
“The challenge has seen our pupils and their families heading out and taking in the benefits of visiting a park, which has great physical wellbeing and mental health benefits.
“The challenge has had real social benefits too, with pupils able to share their park visits digitally and keep in touch with their classmates at the same time. I know everyone at the school thoroughly enjoyed the day-to-day challenges set by Coventry City Council and made a real effort to complete the tasks.
“We will be using the prize to further support outdoor physical activity at our school and plan to keep the momentum generated from the challenge going over the coming months.”
Picture: Pictured with the award are, from left to right, back: Andrew McConville, Declan Connelly (Coventry City Council) and Michael Kirby. Front – Emily and Jaden.