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Trust Support Local School’s “Race to Rio Challenge”

Newsdate: 12 April 2016Woodfield Primary School

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust have teamed up with Woodfield Primary School in Wigan for their “Race to Rio” challenge.

The aim of the project is to promote health and wellbeing amongst some of the younger residents of the Wigan Borough. It is also to encourage the children to keep fit, whilst also getting them in the Olympic spirit, ahead of the Rio Olympic Games to be held this summer.

Launched by Wigan Warriors Head Coach, Shaun Wane, on Wednesday 24 February, both pupils from the school, and staff from our Trust, will attempt to walk the accumulative distance from Wigan to Rio, via an assigned country. It will be done through a step-by-step challenge.

To help them do this, Woodfield School have purchased pedometers for the children so that they can measure the steps they make each week. They will record the number of steps they make each week in a grid provided in their Reading Record Books. This will enable them to determine how much of the distance they have covered.

In addition to the physical exercise that the pupils will enjoy, they will also get to learn a great deal about the country they have been assigned. Countries have been assigned on an academic year-by-year basis and have been drawn from the countries competing at the Games this summer. The country each year has been assigned has close links to some of the children in the school.

For their part, the school have extended the challenge to all parents/carers/grandparents of children at the school, so that they can get involved. Support from WWL comes in the form of our dedicated Social Responsibility Group.

WWL’s Social Responsibility Group will work closely with staff at the school to provide them with information packs about the countries that they have been assigned. The pupils will then learn about the climate, population, food, music, art and sport of their chosen country. This gives the project a tremendous blend of physical exercise and cultural learning.

The countries each year have been given are; Reception: Spain, Year 1: Turkey, Year 2: Australia, Year 3: New Zealand, Year 4: Iran, Year 5: Ukraine and Year 6: Syria and India. All classes have additionally been given Greece as an additional country. 

There are also a number of fun-filled events at Woodfield School planned to support this project. These include; a visit from the Wigan Warriors, a basketball tournament (to be held on Monday 20 June) and a Rio Carnival (to be held on Friday 1 July). In addition, the children will also be invited to display some of their work at our Wigan Infirmary site, with the date to be arranged.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the project, WWL Deputy Chief Executive, Rob Forster, said, “We at WWL are extremely proud to be supporting this hugely worthwhile project with Woodfield Primary School. We strongly believe that we have a social responsibility to the residents of the Wigan Borough, young and old. I hope that the children thoroughly enjoy taking part in this cause and that it encourages them to live healthily and to stay active.”