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Wiltshire's Big Pledge 2018 - Beat the Clock School Challenge

This year schools will be undertaking a timed challenge whereby you will complete a set number of minutes in order to collect a sport in the Commonwealth Games (4-15 April 2018), which is just about to start.

The children can undertake any sport or activity to complete their minutes e.g. football, tennis, cricket, gymnastics, walking or running. There will be 20 sports to collect in total to complete the challenge.

Sign up will open on 16 April.

The first 50 schools to sign up will receive a free kitbag. Register by 13 May 2018 to be entered in to a prize draw for the chance to win a free sports coaching session. The Challenge runs for 8 weeks between 14 May – 8 July.  

What schools have said in previous years:

“The whole school got involved and we managed to reach the bronze level as a team. We set up a 500m course on our school field and the children recorded how many they did each day. The staff also got involved, as did visitors to the school. Apart from the obvious physical benefits, there were many social benefits too, especially for those children who sometimes find social times of the day a challenge. The chance to walk and talk really helped them. The challenge also built a sense of contribution towards a bigger goal, which helped pull the school together as a team and instilled a sense of what can be achieved together.” 

Sutton Veny CE Primary School, Warminster.

“We had regular assemblies to guess where we were in the world and pupils were able to have a guess and talk about the country where we currently were after each week, it also gave them incentive to keep going and reach the goal. The children are a lot more active with many now walking to school.” 

Shrewton Primary School, Shrewton.

How it works

A lead teacher signs your school up to participate the Beat the Clock Schools Challenge by visiting www.wiltshire.gov.uk/bigpledge from 16th April 2018. When the you sign up there will be a place to enter the total  number of pupils taking part which you can complete (rather than have to sign up every child individually)

Each school’s total time goal will be calculated based on the number of pupils, therefore, having a big school does not hold any advantage on this challenge so no matter the size of your school your children can take part.

The Chief Medical Officer's recommendation is that each child does 60 minutes of activity per day so this is what we have used as our base calculation. Our online system will calculate this for your school when you sign up and you will be able to see your progress on your online distance record.

If you are one of the first 50 schools to sign up we will deliver your school's free kit bag and every school will receive the electronic the School Resource Pack that will help support you and your pupils, including an A1 wall chart that will help your school record your progress along with the online tool.

From 14th May the children (or teacher) update how many minutes of activity they have done that day/ week. The lead teacher will need to collate the total minutes and log this on the online tool. 

At the end of the Big Pledge Challenge we will award one school with the Most Active School trophy. 

We have endeavoured to make this challenge straightforward and enjoyable for schools. There are school packs, useful tips for taking part and support on offer throughout the challenge. 

What schools have said in previous years: 

“It was a good chance to get the whole school active and fitted perfectly with the Olympic values.  Pupils took part of their normal school day plus pedometers doing a variety of activities including Fencing, Swimming, Running, Sport Day, PE lessons, Tennis, Netball.”

Pewsey Primary School, Pewsey. 

“The pupils have been learning about the Olympics. They have studied the history of the Olympics, the underpinning values & principles and about the different range of competitive sports. They pledged to walk at least 1 km 3 times a week prior to lessons and to undertake additional walks during playtime and lunchtimes. They have enjoyed the time together walking and talking to each other and on some mornings listening and dancing to music as they walk! This time has helped children develop their social and emotional wellbeing as they are learning to socialise in a different way than they would at lunchtime or playtime.”  

The Manor School, Melksham.